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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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Red INDogs of Central India



Above: Last week I saw these beautiful INDogs trotting along a lane with two villagers and a herd of goats. It was in a forested region near Pench Tiger Reserve.

INDogs are still widely used as livestock guarding dogs in such areas. They bark and alert the goatherds if a predator approaches.



Above: They turned around immediately and came to their owner when he called them.
(Now, why don't my dogs do that?? I think I'll send them to this gentleman for training.)





Above: Very handsome! The one on the left has flattened his ears in a submissive display before his owner.



Above, below: The silly city person has clicked her photos. Courtesies over...


Below: ...it's time to get back to work.





Above: This dog was in a village called Harisal on the boundary of Melghat Tiger Reserve. He was too busy to turn and face the camera, so I had to make do with this rear end portrait. You can still admire his lovely upright ears and curled tail and red coat.

Red dogs...I love them best.

Pench, Maharashtra
Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

2 comments:

Veera said...

Lovely red dogs:)

Could the reason for their perfect obedience be the fact that they live a life that is the best for a dog; they have a meaningful job, and they are always unleashed and can have as much exercise as they want and need. Our city dogs can't run free all the time and their life is much more restricted, so once they have the opportunity to run and play unleashed, they don't want to give up that luxury so easily!

Rajashree Khalap said...

I think you're right! Lalee and Kimaya lived the first few months of their lives without any restrictions. Though they seem happy to have traded in their freedom for the food, love and security, they must surely retain some of the wish to run free.