Wild dogs

African wild dogs are South Africa's most endangered carnivore. We support their conservation with donations from sales. Here are some wild dog facts and figures

Physical characteristics

By the numbers


Number of wild dogs left in the world

Success rate for African wild dog hunts

80 %


Average number of pups born to a pack each year


Name controversy

There has been controversy about the use of "African wild dogs" as a name because of the negative connotations. These amazing carnivores have spent many years being vilified as vermin and conservationists would like a more positive name. Advocates for change would prefer them to be called Painted hunting dogs.

In English they have been known as: African wild dog (most common usage); Cape hunting dog; Painted hunting dog (advocated by Greg Rasmussen); Painted dog; Painted wolf and  Tri-coloured dog. In French: Loup-peint.

The map below illlustrates the names given to painted dogs in some of the languages of Africa.

Slide the arrows to compare historical African wild dog ranges to those of the the present

Historical wild dog range Present wild dog range

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