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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, April 3, 2012

Save Shaar Hagai Canaans

Our aboriginal dog enthusiast readers must have heard of the Shaar Hagai Kennels in Israel. You may have read this post here about Canaans.

Managed by Myrna Shiboleth, world authority on this breed, Shaar Hagai has been a pioneer in the breeding and preservation of this ancient pariah-type dog.

In case you haven't read it yet, here's
Myrna's article on Canaan Dogs which she generously contributed for the INDog site.

Canaans have traditionally been used as livestock guardians by Bedouins; however with changing lifestyles among their former owners, many of these dogs have become ownerless desert dogs and are in danger of disappearing through mongrelization with modern breeds.

Shaar Hagai constantly brings in fresh blood through these remaining free-born Canaans.

Once looked down on in Israel, much as our 'pi-dog' is here, the Canaan is valued and respected today in its native land thanks to the hard work of Shaar Hagai over many decades.

However this kennel might have to close down soon thanks to a recent dispute with the Israel Lands Authority.

This would be a terrible loss to the canine world, specially the world of pariah breeds! It was dogs such as these that entered human society as the first domesticated animal. They are part of our history, and the history of the dog-human bond.

If you care at all for the preservation of these unique dogs, please sign and share
this petition.

I have posted the text of the petition below.


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