Fight in the Wild Series: African Wild Dog Vs. Bobcat

Bobcat Vs African Wild Dog

This is part 12 of the Fight in the wild series. The 11th part was showed a relentless Hyena against the powerful ‘kick’ machine Ostrich

The 8th part was a mysterious battle between Black Panther and Cheetah, and the 9th part saw a one way battle between Fox and Wolf. Part 10 was a fierce battle between Goliath Tigerfish Vs. Nile Crocodile.

Part 8 saw Honey Badger’s victory over King Cobra. The fourth part was a troubled Eagle victory against the enormous Vulture.

The 6th part was a battle of the mighty Elephant and Rhino. Part 5 was a wild, wild fight between Western Lowland Gorilla Vs Grizzly Bear. The first part involved a fighting Cheetah Vs African Lion whereas in the second part, we Spotted Hyena wrestled Grey Wolf. The third part was king of a stalemate between Hippopotamus and Bull Shark.

African Wild Dog Vs. Bobcat

African Wild Dog

The African wild dog is a canine native to sub-Saharan Africa. Its scientific name, Lycaon pictus, means “painted wolf,” 

It is called a painted wolf because of the animal’s peculiar, mottled coat, which highlights patches of black, red, white, yellow, and brown fur. Each dog has a different coat pattern, and all have large, round ears.

Here are a few facts about it:

  1. African wild dogs were once observed throughout the African continent—from mountain habitats to deserts—African wild dogs have vanished from most of their range. These days, African wild dogs roam the sparse woodlands and open plains of sub-Saharan Africa. Their largest populations can be seen in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
  2. African wild dogs can grow from 29 up to 43 inches and weigh 39.5 to 79 pounds. They can live up to 13 years in the wild. 
  3. African wild dogs survive in packs that are usually controlled by a monogamous breeding pair. The female has a maximum of 15-20 pups cared for by the entire pack. These dogs are incredibly social, and packs have been known to assist weak or ill members and share food. Social interactions are normal, and the dogs communicate by actions, touch, and barks. African wild dogs hunt in challenging, accommodating packs of six to 20 animals. Larger packs were more prevalent before the dogs became sparse. Packs hunt antelopes and tackle much bigger prey, such as wildebeests, mainly if their quarry is injured or ill. 


The bobcat is an extraordinary feline. The bobcat has managed to sustain in whole numbers in a diversity of habitats, hunting different prey in both populated and wild regions. Here are a few facts about it: 

  1. Twice as big as a house cat, the bobcat weighs 14 to 40 pounds and is around 36 to 48 inches long. Males are larger. The size among subspecies is subjected to the terrain.
  2. Bobcat’s coat is tan colored with many dark stripes aiding the cat in its deception. The unique feature is its small tail, which gives it the ‘bobbed’ appearance – responsible for the species’ name. Unlike other lynx cats, the Bobcat tail has a white bottom with a stubby black tip – distinguising the cat.
  3. With their fantastic agility, sharp senses, and unusual strength, Bobcats are excellent hunters. They can take down creatures three times their size. This cunning hunter’s prey animals include fish, rodents, fish, deers, and rabbits! At times it may also hunt foxes and house cats. The typical hunting method tracks the animal and allows it to come within 25 feet as the cat lies cringing in wait. The chase starts soon after, and the prey is grabbed with its retractable claws. The cat then penetrates through the chest, skull, or neck of the animal to kill it. The hunting time is usually late evening, with the cat roaming freely over many miles in its reach during the night. Despite its attractive appearance, the bobcat is a dangerous animal and is skilled in generating fear.

Let the battle begin: 

Bobcats are excellent hunters with a very aggressive personality. They are very prosperous hunters and do not have easy competition. They are always competing with Wolfs, Lions, and Coyotes. However, the wild dogs are also excellent with the hunt, and even they compete with lions and hyenas. Since African Wild Dogs hunt in packs, they can take down large animals. However, today’s battle is between a single African Wild Dog and Bobcat- a 25-pound bobcat fighting a 55pound dog. The 

In this scenario, the bobcat’s intelligence and strength will overpower the ferocious wild dogs leading to the bobcat’s decisive victory. The wild dog will inflict considerable damage to its’ opponent, but the bobcat will take the cake.

In a battle between the bobcat and African Wild Dog, the bobcat will win.

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