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Kangaroo Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: Both males and females: 65-100 pounds
Height: Both males and females: 26-32 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium


The Kangaroo Dog is known as the Australian Kangaroo dog or the Australian Greyhound. Watch the news feature below on how this dog breed is being exploited, doped and destroyed in Australia’s multi-million money-making greyhound gambling industry.

To sum up, the Kangaroo Dog is an active and lively dog that will make a great companion! However, they are natural hunters. Therefore, squirrels watch out!

Official Name

Kangaroo Dog
Other Name:
Kangaroo Hound
Australian Kangaroo Dog


Date – Early 1900’s
Country – Australia
Family / Group – Hounds, Sight Hounds, Hunting


The Kangaroo Dog is a breed that originates in Australia during the early part of the 1900s. This is a sighthound dog breed that was created as a hunting dog that uses its sight to go after various games. It is considered as a type of dog and not a purebred.

In addition, the Kangaroo Dog is the descendant of various crosses that were made between Greyhounds and Scottish Deerhounds which were imported to Australia by the early settlers of the continent. These crosses resulted in a type of dog that sustained the Australian pioneers, catching native game animals specifically Kangaroos and Wallabies. Their impressive track record and performance on going against the fast Kangaroos gained them a distinction of the perfect “Kangaroo Dog”, hence the breed’s name. These dogs were also used as flock guardians of sheep and cattle against the wild Dingoes.

Today these dogs are rare but are still being used and kept in Australia’s rural areas as hunters of rabbits and foxes rather than kangaroos.


The Kangaroo Dogs will display a very calm disposition when at home. However, they are dogs that crave human attention and will reciprocate by being very affectionate to their master. These are natural coursing dogs but can also be wonderful companion pets. Also, a well-socialized Kangaroo Dog will be safe to have around children of all ages, pets, and livestock.

Bred For

The Kangaroo Dogs were bred to adapt as perfect hunting dogs of the small prey animals. For instance, hares, rabbits, foxes, kangaroos and wallabies in Australia’s harsh and rugged conditions.


These are dogs that will do best in rural and suburban areas. However, Kangaroo Dogs can adapt to all kinds of climate conditions. They are dogs that should not be kept as apartment pets. Therefore, an ideal living situation for these dogs will be a suburban or rural house with a big yard where they can run freely.


Kangaroo dogs require their coats to be brushed occasionally. Also, these are dogs that shed hair in very little amounts. However, brushing them once or twice a week will keep their coat healthy and shiny.


Kangaroo Dogs are very difficult and training them will be a lifelong training session. Therefore, early age socialization and training will help them become mentally healthy and happy grown-up dogs.


The Kangaroo Dogs’ medical history is not well documented but in Australia, they are considered to be very healthy.


The Kangaroo Dogs are very active sighthounds and born for speed! Therefore, they should have plenty of time to exercise and play in wide-open spaces. In conclusion, if you are looking for a hyperactive and lively dog breed, then this is a breed for you!



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