African Hunting Dog

The African hunting dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

African hunting dogs live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. The female has a litter of 2 to 20 pups, which are cared for by the entire pack. These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social interactions are common, and the dogs communicate by touch, actions, and vocalizations.

African hunting dogs hunt in formidable, cooperative packs of 6 to 20 (or more) animals. Larger packs were more common before the dogs became endangered. Packs hunt antelopes and will also tackle much larger prey, such as wildebeests, particularly if their quarry is ill or injured. The dogs supplement their diet with rodents and birds. The dogs have sometimes developed a taste for livestock. Unfortunately, they are often hunted and killed by farmers who fear for their domestic animals.

African Hunting Dog @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to two African hunting dogs, Bonnie & Clyde.
  • Our African wild dogs can be found across from Tram Stop #5.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Lycaon
Species: Lycaon Pictus

Did you know?

  • These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet.
  • African hunting dogs are critically endangered, with only 5,000 left in the wild, sightings are rare outside of specific areas.
  • No two hunting dogs are marked exactly the same, making them easy to identify.