This blog is for aboriginal dog enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah Dog) and INDog-mixes (Indies) 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 landrace village dog of the Indian subcontinent. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too. Also see padsociety.org
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The long-term pariah morphotype
And we all know what INDogs are, right?
It's time to get more specific!
Primitive dogs across the globe have a generalized typical appearance known as the long-term pariah morphotype (LTPM). This is well documented and you can read about it in a number of sites, including The Canine Information Library and The Carolina Dog To quote Dr I Lehr Brisbin from the Carolina Dog, the type is characterized by a "wolf or fox-like appearance, with sharp-pointed, erect ears, a long, pointed muzzle and a long, fish-hook shaped tail..." Dogs showing this appearance include the Australian Dingo, the Canaan Dog, the Basenji, the Carolina Dog and of course the Indian Pariah Dog (INDog).
The INDog is part of the history of the dog, as well as of the dog-human bond, without which human life would have developed along a very different path. It is an important part of India's natural heritage. Today this unique race faces the threat of disappearing due to increasing hybridization with western and other dog breeds.
Pockets where pure INDogs thrive continue to exist, mostly in the more remote and secluded parts of the country. Take a look at my INDog photos (the lower screen), taken in the course of several trips in 2008. Also Aditya Panda's INDog album, showing dogs living with aboriginal peoples in the forest areas of Orissa. Click on the photo below to start the slideshow.