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, September 20, 2011
INDogs with poultry
Above: Village Bandra, near Pench Tiger Reserve
Above, below: I took these in the village Usripar near Pench Tiger Reserve last week
Above: a village in Similipal Tiger Reserve
Above: Moharli, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
All around India you see village dogs co-existing peacefully with chickens, goats, sheep. Because they are habituated to the presence of these animals from birth, and are also actively discouraged from killing them. Villagers do not tolerate chicken or livestock-killers and I know of cases of such dogs being poisoned, both in Nagaon and Moharli. So the trait is probably rare in village INDogs.
These are dogs in Orissa that I know are used for hunting by the villagers (the villagers freely admitted it). But as you can see from some of the images, they live side-by-side with goats and poultry without showing any prey drive.
I'm reminded of a street dog (furry INDog-mix) that used to live in the Mumbai shelter where I worked. He was adopted by someone and taken to live in a farmhouse, where he promptly made himself unpopular with the locals by hunting the village goats. I don't know whether his behaviour should be attributed to the non-INDog side of his bloodline, or to his urban upbringing and the fact that he wasn't socialized to goats.
My INDog Lalee used to chase chickens when she was young, but soon got bored with the activity. My yelling must have discouraged her too.
Nature versus nurture...the eternal debate.
Usripar, near Pench Tiger Reserve,
Madhya Pradesh Similipal Tiger Reserve, Orissa
Moharli, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve