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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. 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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free-ranging dogs of Bali

This month we've had a virtual pariah dog world tour!

Here's a lovely picture taken recently by a dog-lover friend Rucha Chitnis, who has just returned from Bali:

"So we went to the Mother Temple in Bali called Besakih, which is the most important temple for the Hindu Balinese. And I noticed that dogs are allowed inside the temple complex. Here's one happy fellow sleeping right next to the priest!

Also, it seemed that dogs are quite loved (the indigenous variety) across Thailand and Bali and they looked quite healthy and happy."

Thanks Rucha!

While on this subject, click here for an interesting article sent to me by Lisa Warden, on the genetics of Bali street dogs. These dogs have been found to be closely related to the Chow Chow, the Australian Dingo and the Akita. The authors conclude that "a viable and diverse population of dogs existed on the island of Bali prior to its geographic isolation approximately 12,000 years ago and has been little influenced by domesticated European dogs since that time."

Photo: Rucha Chitnis

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