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Dust Dogs by screwbald Dust Dogs by screwbald
This is my last card contribution to the Endangered Ark card deck ([link] ), which will be released in April. Pre-sales for the decks have started, so don't miss out! Part of the proceeds of every deck sold are donated to several charities for endangered animals!

The African Wild Dog is known by many names, including Cape Dogs, Hunting Dogs, Painted Wolves and Spotted Dogs. They are an extremely social pack hunting canine native to Africa. They have a complex and rather unusual social structure, which is based on a submissive hierarchy as opposed to a typical dominance hierarchy. For instance, rather than fight over food, animals will beg enthusiastically. Their behaviour is likely due the pack rearing large litters of puppies at once and any injuries sustained to a dog would damage the packs ability to feed and care for the young. Their packs are large, around 15-25 animals, depending on the size of their territory. Separate packs are also social and non-aggressive toward one another. Two or more packs have been known to gather together for short periods of time.

The pack is an integral part of the Wild Dog's life. They hunt as pack, and nearly 80% of their hunts are successful, which is very high ratio for most predators. Remarkably, their hunting tactics appear to be learned behavior, passed down from generation to generation, as opposed to instinctual. Different packs will use slightly different methods to bring down their kills.

At once point, there were 500,000 Wild Dogs in the wild, some ranging in packs of 100 animals. Now, there are only 3,000-2,500 left. They are endangered due mainly to hunting from ranchers and habitat loss, which forces them in direct competition with lions and hyenas. They are also very susceptible to introduced diseases such as distemper, parvovirus and rabies. Due to their extremely social nature, these diseases spread through their numbers like wildfire.
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ElectricLimeKittys Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
oh thats so cool
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PaitonC Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow nice that looks great !!!
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ArticWolf14 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D
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coolwolfbro Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
African painted dogs!
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Stunning work!:)
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Boxy-Tanev Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Amazing!
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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Wolf4Claw Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice dust dogs!
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Matbuk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
:wow:

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Check it out!!
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evelynmaite Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I love it
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sparrow8 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Artist
This is amazing!! Sounds like you love and have an amazing job! i like that you add a good description of the Dust Dogs its really good x
i love drawing and portraying animals in art :) check out my stuff and tell me what you think?

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:iconmasonday:
masonday Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!
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Doggitude Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting--and what a great project!!!
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masonday Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!
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:iconredgaara:
redgaara Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I saw one of them for the first time in Massachusetts and i feel in love with them! They're adorable creatures! Well depicted!
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
your description and picture has given them such personality, I had to click on this. I was very interested to read your description, I never thought that there was a hierarchy like this, thats amazing.
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katt315 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hello there,

this Artwork has been Featured in #AfricanWildDogFans 1st Edition Monthly News Article. Please be sure to Fave the News Letter by clicking on the Green +♥ button at the top left corner of the News Article for it to be seen.

Here's the Article: [link]

Thanks again!
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The-Lost-Spirit Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I love African Wild Dogs, they have gorgeous fur
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:iconjtkayd:
jtkayd Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
This is awesome, I really like the look of it and the detail.
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Ram750 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
It really shows their power and makes me hate the fact that we're loosing species like this even more. Great job.
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Jagabor Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Love it
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NeonFerret Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Wow - really like this. The eyes draw me in.
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digitalbird06 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
This is a great painting! I love Wild Dog's, it's horrible that they're under threat
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:iconamparsand:
Amparsand Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist
Very well done!
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skooter101 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   Writer
most of them when hunting will rip the underbelly of the prey out,spilling the insides well,out,thus rendering it imobile.nice pic.
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NeoVillian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I really like your art work, amazing!
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Pokemontrainergigi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
AFRICAN WILD DOG I LUVE THIS :D

So beautiful and epic =3
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Wolf4Claw Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
to: pokemontrainergig, how did you do that flying black nyan cat icon? its animated! please tell me how you did it or what site u go on to make it. tnx

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Starrypoke Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool, I lvoe how the ones in the background fade out. :D
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Black-Platinum Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Great work. It's lovely.
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Elperdido1965 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic Artwork
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lil-twilight-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
my fave canine of all time <3 and you drew them so well , i cant describe what i feel when i look at this but it warms my heart <3 African Wild Dogs are true family's
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MangoMamba Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
i loce the expression on the front one o_o
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BlitheBassoon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
WHOA this is GORGEOUS! 8D
They have so much CHARACTER as well as being such perfect representatives of the species :) Will make a beautiful card, I am sure :3
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:hexentanz: Glad I saw this at #AfricanValley - a fave of course :wave:
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juju-man Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Apparently wild dogs and hyenas kill their prey by eating it.

Great texture and composition.
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katt315 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
As the owner of :iconafricanwilddogfan: I'm so honoured to have this Deviation in our group. It's a beautiful piece with so much passion and skill put into it.

We thank you for supporting these unknown Canids, we hope to see more people like you.
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Kenisya Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful!!!
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damnation-dalmation Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
nice. great anatomy and realistic colours
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xLady-Rebelx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Awesome! i love your technique and how only one of the dogs is so sharp while the rest of the pack is blurred. Great job!
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job, I'm waiting for my deck to be delivered!
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oemac25 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just stunning.
The colors are absolutely beautiful.
You are very talented! :D
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my 1/28/2010 Journal -- [link]
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ShiroWolf1310 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
"My, what big ears you have."
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Dragonwolfsprirt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I like the expression
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MAGICatMIDNIGHT Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
This is beautiful. The hunting dog is an underappreciated animal, in my opinion. It's so sad that they're dieing off like they are.
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sarah1989246 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Awesome! :D
Very nicely done. :3
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FlyingMarshmallow Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
WOW! This is Awesome! :clap:
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Escobar35 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
This is the best artwork wild dogs on this hole site (trust me ive looked) very well done
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Jillianimal Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome pic ^-^ well all of your artwork is actually. I really like how you did the background.

They're not my favorite animals, but I still think they're awesome. My mom thinks they're ugly, but I find their coat colors & patterns beautiful.

It really is a shame how we corrupt this planet & our fellow inhabitants....all of them =[
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