“wild dogs”; what’s in a name?…a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…

The debate, what to call wild dogs if not just that….!

this is my sketch of “Tip”, a young dog I watched for a few years in the Save Valley Conservancy…

African wild dogs is the accepted English-use name for the unique species Lycaon pictus, literally meaning painted, wolf-like animal. But they are known variously as Painted Wolves, Painted dogs, Ornate wolves, and of course the local names for these enigmatic and charismatic creatures varies from community to community over Africa..such as Iganyana (Ndebele), MhumiBhumi or Bhumhi (Shona), wildehond  (South Africa), Mabeco (Mozambique), Mbwa mwitu (Swahili), Hlowa (Tsonga), Lekanyana (Tswana), Dalerwa (Venda), Ixhwili (Xhosa), Inkentshane (Zulu)

What’s in a name? 

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet….

Portrait, acrylic and oil bar on canvas, 76 x 51 cm

Just for fun, a great link to other “wild dog” species worldwide: taken from the Active Wild site..

This list contains all of the currently recognised dog species. In the case of the Grey Wolf (Canis Lupus), included are two well-known subspecies: the Dingo (Canis lupus dingo), and the Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris). A list of dog species would be incomplete without them! However, these are the only subspecies*  included.

* Subspecies are very closely-related animals, and are able to interbreed. They’re different ‘types’ of the same species, and are often only separated geographically.

  1. African Golden Wolf (Canis anthus)
  2. African Wild Dog (African Hunting Dog / African Painted Dog) (Lycaon pictus)
  3. Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus)
  4. Bat-Eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis)
  5. Bengal Fox (Vulpes bengalensis)
  6. Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas)
  7. Blanford’s Fox (Vulpes cana)
  8. Bush Dog (Speothos venaticus)
  9. Cape Fox (Vulpes chama)
  10. Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac)
  11. Coyote / Prairie Wolf (Canis latrans)
  12. Cozumel Fox (Undescribed Species)
  13. Crab-Eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous)
  14. Culpeo (Lycalopex culpaeus)
  15. Darwin’s Fox (Lycalopex fulvipes)
  16. Dhole / Asian Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus / Canis alpinus)
  17. Ethiopian Wolf / Abyssinian Wolf / Simien Fox / Simien Jackal (Canis simensis)
  18. Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda)
  19. Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)
  20. Grey Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
  21. Grey Wolf Subspecies: Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)
  22. Grey Wolf Subspecies: Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
  23. Grey Wolf (Gray Wolf / Timber Wolf) (Canis lupus)
  24. Hoary Fox (Lycalopex vetulus)
  25. Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)
  26. Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis)
  27. Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)
  28. Pale Fox (Vulpes pallida)
  29. Pampas Fox (Lycalopex gymnocercus)
  30. Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
  31. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
  32. Red Wolf (Canis rufus)
  33. Rüppell’s Fox (Vulpes rueppelli)
  34. Sechura Fox (Lycalopex sechurae)
  35. Short-Eared Dog (Atelocynus microtis)
  36. Side-Striped Jackal (Canis adustus)
  37. South American Gray Fox / Patagonian Fox / Chilla (Lycalopex griseus)
  38. Swift Fox (Vulpes velox)
  39. Tibetan Sand Fox (Vulpes ferrilata)


plus, for ten “biggest” wild dogs, view:



About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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