African wild dogs are built for endurance hunting. They may be slower than the prey they are chasing over short distances but they have superior endurance over long distances. They can travel up to 10 miles each day looking for food. You will find them in hunting packs that will help the dog to have an advantage when larger animals. African wild dogs are carnivorous, they only eat meat. African wild dogs weigh from 45-55 lbs.
The best cage design for African wild dog is one that is circular. A cage with corners will give a spot for one dog to aggressively corner another dog. They will try to climb and jump in corners. The dog is a climber and can climb a chain-linked fence. You will need to have an enclosed top or an overhanging climb barrier that is a chain-linked section that is about 3 feet wide and is set at an inward and upward angle of 40 degree. They will try to dig out so you will need to lay wire horizontally about 1 foot underground and 3 feet out to prevent them from escaping.
When housing an African wild dog in colder climates you will need to have supplemental heat source when the temperatures go below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The can be accomplished by installing a space heater, heat pads, or heat lamps. Make sure the heat source is secure and the dog cannot knock it over or lay too close to it and get burnt. You can use a heated water bowl to provide clean drinking water at all times. Warm climate species of canids will whelp, give birth, during the winter. If you are expecting pups, you need to keep the shelter area at 50 degree Fahrenheit or above for the pups.
Housing outdoors in the summer. African wild dogs do well in the summer heat if shade is provided for each dog. You can also provide a shallow pond or pool for them to cool down in when needed. Make sure the water level is safe for small pups if any are present. They will also need to have access to clean cool drinking water at all times.
African wild dogs in captivity can be fed a raw meat diet with knuckle bones and oxtail bones given twice a week. Whole or partial carcasses can be feed periodically. Clean water needs to be provided at all times for drinking.