Asian Wild Dog Skull Replica measures 7.4 inches. Asian Wild Dog Male Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Cast from original specimen. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Dhole or Asian Wild Dog typically weighs 26 to 44 pounds and measures 35 inches in body length and 20 inches shoulder height. The tail measures 16 to 18 inches in length. The Dhole has a broad, domed skull and a short, broad muzzle.

The bones of the forehead and upper jaw are swollen, producing a dish-faced profile. The hooded eyes have amber or light brown irises, and the ears are large and rounded.

It’s skull is convex rather than concave in profile, it lacks a third lower molar and the upper molars sport only a single cusp as opposed to between two and four.

In 2018, whole genome sequencing was used to compare all members (apart from the black-backed and side-striped jackals) of the genus Canis, along with the Dhole and the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).

There was strong evidence of ancient genetic admixture between the Dhole and the African wild dog.

Today, their ranges are remote from each other; however, during the Pleistocene era the Dhole could be found as far west as Europe.

The study proposes that the Dhole’s distribution may have once included the Middle East, from where it may have admixed with the African wild dog in North Africa. However, there is no evidence of the Dhole having existed in the Middle East nor North Africa.

The Asian Wild Dog is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, as populations are decreasing and estimated to comprise fewer than 2,500 mature individuals.

Factors contributing to this decline include habitat loss, loss of prey, competition with other species, persecution due to livestock predation, and disease transfer from domestic dogs.

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