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I'm a landrace dog fancier and birder. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

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. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dogs in leopard country

It's common knowledge in India that leopards have a special fondness for domestic dogs (as prey, obviously). Dogs in villages in and around forests are always at risk, which is why their owners in some areas try to protect them with spiked collars.

These interesting pictures were sent to me by Anil Juwarker. Anil manages the Vanishing Herds Foundation which works in Gir National Park, Gujarat. Apart from being the last remaining home of the Asiatic Lion, Gir has a thriving leopard population. This dog lives in a village on the forest periphery.

That's quite a terrifying contraption he's wearing. I love leopards (and all cats) so I certainly hope he is never attacked by one, or by another dog for that matter.

Thanks very much for the photos, Anil.

Photos: Anil Juwarker
Gir National Park

1 comment:

June said...

Eeks! The collar is scary. Cant be nice for the dog wearing it and hopefully no one tries to bite it!