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I'm an aboriginal dog breed fancier, birder and wildlife conservationist. I work with the wildlife conservation NGO Satpuda Foundation in the tiger reserves of central India. Before that I worked for 14 years with the street dogs of Mumbai. I created and manage the INDog Project www.indog.co.in and the INDog Club.

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This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Guuchu is a village pup from the 24 Parganas area of West Bengal. And like all INDog pups, he's beautiful, bright-eyed and highly intelligent!

Guuchu's owner Sourav Purkayastha wrote in about his cute new family member:

I had asked the lady who cooks for us to look out for some deshi pups in her area.

She lives in a distant village area, far away from the main city.

She informed me as soon as she found a litter of pups with their mother by the roadside near her house. She started feeding them occasionally. I went to see them. They were just about two months old.

I offered some treats to them and eventually they became friendlier and came near me to smell me and check me out. I followed the advice of a famous trainer on choosing my pup. After thorough examination and observation I chose the low/medium energy pup of the litter, since that is the energy level of our family. So I think he will be a fine pet, but time will tell.

In his first seven days in our house I could see that he was mellow, calm and composed, and very well-behaved. He already seemed housebroken, doesn't pee in the house, whines for me to take him outside and then does his 'business' immediately and returns inside without my having to say a word. We feed him chicken, rice, egg, fish, some vegetables. He loves it. 

At first hesitant, this little guy now loves going for a walk with me every morning around the block. I supervise him closely.

Overall I just love the energy that he brings into our family! And he's so cute he makes me want to constantly cuddle him.

I would love it if more and more people brought INDogs into their homes. They are so low-maintenance, perfect for the Indian climate, and a healthy and hardy race. Thanks to Mother Nature.

Photos and text: Sourav Purkayastha
West Bengal

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Village dogs of Khovsgol Nuur

Neha Arora and her husband Anoop Kayarat live in Ulaanbaatar now, and recently they went to the beautiful lake Khovsgol Nuur. It's known as the 'Blue Pearl of Mongolia' and is about 580 km away from Ulaanbaatar.

Neha is my top favourite dog photographer (have you seen her portraits of Kiba and Kimaya?) And she's a real dog person. In the midst of clicking the Ice Festival and horse-sledding, she managed to look out for the local dogs and get some beautiful pictures. 

Here are a few! 

Outside a 'ger'

I've never seen pictures of Mongolian village dogs before, so this was really interesting for me and other aboriginal dog fanciers in our network. These dogs seem to be of the husky/spitz type. Just as our tropical village dogs are usually of the dingo/pariah type. It's possible many North Asian village dogs look like this. (If anyone has photos, please email me!)

'This big brown dog was at the beginning of Khovsgol Nuur in the town Hatkal,' says Neha.
(Perhaps mixed some generations back with the Banhar, a Mongolian molosser breed very like the Tibetan Mastiff?)

'The other two dogs were 15 km down the lake at our Ger camp. That area was quite isolated.' 

'The dogs are owned in the same manner as Indian village dogs. They are fed leftovers and allowed to sleep outside the houses/gers. They did not bark at us, but may be watch dogs to alert people about the presence of wild animals. We were told wolves and leopards are seen in the area.

'During summer and events like the Ice Festival, the main occupations of the community are centred around tourism. The rest of the time it's predominantly herding (yaks, sheep, horses and some reindeer), and associated jobs.'

Thanks for the photos, Neha. Looking forward to more!

(Want to see some photos of the beautiful countryside around Ulaanbaatar? Check this post about cute INDog-mix LittleDog, who lived in Mongolia for a while with his humans.

And read about Neha's and Anoop's beautiful Indies Champ and Jebo here. They'll be travelling to Mongolia soon).

Photos: Neha Arora
Khovsgol Nuur

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Revisiting Arrow

Beautiful INDog-mix Arrow was on this blog last May; and Shelby sent an update about him some days ago. 

I love all the heart-warming adoption stories here, but Arrow's is particularly satisfying. I'll never forget his anxious little face in his early photos, when he was going from foster to foster. And look at him now, so happily settled with Sheldon, Aiden and their two cats! 

Shelby writes: 'It has been almost a year since Arrow entered our lives and we couldn't be happier. He is a wonderfully affectionate boy. He is very intelligent, and has become an excellent watch dog. He takes special pride in watching over us. He loves his walks, running in fields, and going on trips with us. We are overjoyed to have stumbled upon him and given him a home.'

Some photos, including lovely portraits with Aiden:

Photos: Shelby Amador Nava

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Remember I mentioned last week that Matrix had a brother called Rusty?

Here he is! Just as handsome and just as lucky!

When the pups' mother died, a very kind-hearted student named Sushant rescued them. He already owns a pair of dogs. And two students at his college, Rupesh and Rahul, had often mentioned that they'd like to keep dogs. So he asked them about adopting the orphans.

Rupesh took Matrix and Rahul Ganguly took home Rusty. 

Rahul is an animal lover and already has four aquariums and a rabbit. But Rusty is his first dog.

'It was a tough challenge for me as I'd never had a puppy,' he says. 'It was like a leap of faith when I brought Rusty home.'

'At first my mom was very uncomfortable with him as she was afraid of dogs.

'But eventually Rusty made such a bond with all of us that her fear was totally gone. And nowadays she is mostly seen cuddling him!'

Just like his brother Matrix, Rusty is now 5 months old. And already growing into a beautiful strong dog (INDog-mix I believe; beautiful pale gold coat and long dropped ears). Look at his sweet expression!

'He goes running with me two kilometres in the morning and two kilometres in the evening, to maintain his health and strength. 

'We are very happy with this newest member of our home!'

Photos: Rahul Ganguly

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sophie's Choice

Just got the latest Sophie news from Goa! And it's all lovely and has put a big smile on my face.

This gorgeous Indy princess is now 18 months old, and astonishingly smart (no surprises there). And astonishingly smart at getting her doting humans to pamper her (no surprises there, either!) Remember how she adopted her humans instead of the other way around?

'I don't know if I ever told you the reason for her name,' writes David. 'I think it's something very cute. You see, she chose us, we didn't choose her... And there's a movie by the name of "Sophie's Choice"...right? Well that's why she's called Sophie. We're her choice!'

She's still as energetic as ever, more intelligent than I could ever have imagined, and a very picky eater. Surprising for her background - but she seems to have understood that if she says she doesn't like something, we won't force her to eat it or starve her till she does - but will get her something she likes.

Spoilt - yes, I agree. Spoilt rotten!

She loves sleeping on the family divan in the TV room. The minute it's free she has 'dibs on the divan' and comes running from wherever she is to lie there. Sleeps there on nights too, very often. Even though she has a really nice, large, soft and very comfortable bed - made specially for her by one of our cushion-maker friends.

Another thing she loves doing is taking her afternoon siesta in the passage way (where it's nice and cool and breezy). 

On her back after a heavy lunch...

And that 'publicity pic' of hers at the beginning of the post, I managed to get only by speaking to her. I noticed that there was no way she was going to sit still for a picture - so started telling her a story - and she was listening very intently (see the expression on her face and the tilt of her head) - and that's when I got her pic. I got a couple more too, but this one's the best.

Believe me, I've had dogs - but this is by far the smartest one yet. 

She's so intelligent and energetic that when one's with her there is little time for posing and pictures...
So much to do, so much to see and smell...c'mon, c'mon...!

That's our Sophie.

Text and photos: David

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