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Eastern Wild Dog

Not to be confused with a common dog, come on

There is an important message at the bottom of this article
Tamed by the Nomads and trained to be even better hunters than in their natural habitat, the Eastern Wild Dog is an example of friendship and mutual respect among species. They are gerat for tracking and hunting, but their physical capabilities make for great rescue dogs should the situation require it.

First domestication

Once the nomads made their way into the Eastern Continents (through the west, huh), they encountered these animals.
They can sleep up to 16 hours a day! by Pierrot
At first they treated this species as any other - avoiding and respecting them.
But they soon realized that the Eastern Wild Dog was an exceptional hunter, much more so than their own dogs. As a result, they set out to domesticate them.

In fact, it took them months to domesticate even one, but after that it became apparent what the best approach was. Turns out, these animals will show their full respect to anyone who honors them by providing them with food and shelter, among other luxuries.

Further evolution recording

Once some nomads settled down again, they obviously brought some of these dogs with them.
The creatures were forced to adapt to their new environments. Some of them became better swimmers, others developed a sharper sense of smell

One of the most note-worthy changes, however, was their new ability to jump...very high. Most speculate that this is due to their new habitats, such as forests and mountains, and they've had to develop this skill so as to be able to survive.
Hence, this is a trait that isn't present in every dog.

Additional Information

Social Structure

They move in packs of 8-10 dogs, led by their matriarch and, in case she's not able to lead, her eldest daughter.
If the pack grows too large, the young adults will often form their own and leave their parents behind. This process occurs inadvertedly, but is enabled by the care and lessons the cubs are provided with during their upbringing.

The elder dogs usually stay behind while the younger adults, far stronger and more capable, go hunting. As such, the important task of the cubs' upbringing falls on their shoulders.
Luckily enough, they are able to pass on important skills and knowledge due to their old age, so the adults know their babies are in good hands

Domestication

One way to approach the domestication of this species is to provide them with food and shelter, but this process is only feasible with one dog at a time, because attempting to bring the entire pack indoors and give them food unknown to them is prone to cause chaos.
Instead, if one wishes to domesticate an entire pack, the best way to go about it is to earn the trust of the matriarch. Attention: earn her trust, not taming her, as this would take her out of the pack and the process would have to be repeated with the new leader.

Now, once tamed, they tend to be a little stubborn. This can manifest itself in various ways: rejecting orders, not following commands or just causing chaos. There are several ways to go about this, such as rewarding good behavior or punishing disobedience.
They also love playing, especially when they're young. Spending at least one hour uninterrupted is bound to strengthen one's bond with the animal. Thankfully, they don't ask for much; usually they'll be happy with running around and being chased or chasing someone. They also greatly enjoy hide and seek

Geographic Origin and Distribution

They mostly inhabit the easter continents of the world, but some have been brought to the northwestern parts of the globe and some have been sighted in floating islands.

They prefer deserts and plains, as these provide the best terrain for them to make use of their hunting skills to the fullest.
Charly Darwin, a famous individual by Pierrot
Scientific Name
Lycaon pictus
Origin/Ancestry
Eastern Continents
Lifespan
20-30 years
Average Height
24-30 cm shoulder height
Average Weight
20-25 kg
Average Length
75 to 115 cm in head-and-body length and tail length of 20 to 40 cm
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Primarily of a reddish/orange tint, it is not uncommon to see black and white spots and stripes on an Eastern Wild Dog's body
Famous Individuals
  • Charly Darwin, the name of the first dog tamed
  • Draconicius, a dog who bravely fought a dragon...baby
  • Agata, who saved a baby from a burning village

Trivia

  • These dogs don't know how to climb trees, but are particularly skill at climbing them down
  • The name 'Eastern' is argued to be 'obsolete' given the geographical expansion the species has undergone over the past thousands of years; yet, no one seems to really care enough to do something about it
  • Their hearing is not as fragile as that of a dog's
  • Even in the wild, these dogs play hide and seek as an innocent way of training for their upcoming hunts
Cubs are much smaller than adults by Pierrot

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3 Jul, 2021 21:04

A good article, with a good message at the end :)


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Pierrot05
Pierrot
7 Jul, 2021 18:21

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it (:

7 Jul, 2021 17:38

A wonderful article! And I thought they reminded me of the African Wild Dog a bit. It makes me sad that the African Wild Dogs are endangered though. D:

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Pierrot05
Pierrot
7 Jul, 2021 18:22

Thank you!   Yeah, it's very sad that so many species are in such a dire situation ):

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7 Jul, 2021 18:20

Great article, your drawings are very cute and I like how you've describe how people domesticate them and interact with them. Thanks for the link at the end :D

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Pierrot05
Pierrot
7 Jul, 2021 18:22

Thanks a lot! I do what I can to help (:

7 Jul, 2021 18:27

Great article and lots of details to lose yourself in. :D I love the little snippet you've provided at the end. It's sad that they are endangered, but I'm glad you're trying to spread awareness for it through worldbuilding! Keep up the good work! :D

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Pierrot05
Pierrot
7 Jul, 2021 23:01

Thanks so much! I'm always trying to spread awareness about these issues in every way I can; I'm glad you liked it

7 Jul, 2021 23:07

Great article with some nice drawings! Quite interesting how the entire pack can be tamed by earning the trust of the matriarch.   Nice how you incorperated something based on real life in your world :)

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Pierrot05
Pierrot
7 Jul, 2021 23:22

Thank you! I figured I'd develop their social structure a bit   And yeah, I try my best to spread awareness and whatnot, especially about such important issues (:

8 Jul, 2021 23:26

Love your author's note at the bottom bringing awareness to the plight of African Wild Dogs. <3   This article is really interesting and I love the history behind their semi-domestication. I love the art too - it's so cute! :D

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Pierrot05
Pierrot
9 Jul, 2021 00:04

Thank you! As I revisit my SC articles I try to add more art to make it look prettier. This one was especially fun   I'm glad you liked the Author's Note (:

3 Aug, 2021 21:08

I love me some jumping doggos!

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