NEVER GO FAR WITH OUT ONE:
it will be disastrous if you are flying about or taking a large caravan for a walk and a sandstorm leaves you stranded near raptors or wolves.
Apparently if it barks at the sky there will be a sandstorm, shaking its tail will be a electric storm and digging actions means a heatwave
If you can get past the idea of it, they have a decent amount of babies and the ones with terrible food stats that die quickly were a good easy source of prime meat. I had a large farm of them on scorched earth.