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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, April 30, 2012

Talla, Mexi-dog

Wonderful pictures of young Talla, adopted in Mexico by Leah Petesch. 

Some believe these are primitive dogs descended from the pre-Columbian dogs of the region. All the dogs there look and act similar, writes Leah. They are also called Mayan dogs.

'Talla was born on the streets of San Carlos, in Sonora,' says Leah. 'She's a very "different" looking dog, especially since we brought her up to Iowa and there are no indigenous street dogs in Iowa!  I know of a few more, and they all look similar. 30-40lbs, long slender legs, wedge-shaped faces, streamlined bodies, curled tails.  Most are gold colored, like mine.

'Sometimes it's hard to explain to people that these aren't "purebred" dogs with papers, but they are definitely a pure type and have had a consistent phenotype for thousands of years.  

'These dogs are so versatile and willing to please...  and VERY agile!'

If you'd like to read more about pre-Columbian dogs of the Americas, here's an interesting article by Stephanie Little Wolf.  It has been posted earlier in this blog and in the INDog website.

Photos: Leah Petesch
San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Iowa, USA

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Kingslandkennels said...

Very nice and super pictures!!!

Shawn said...

We are pleased to have found this blog. We believe we have the same primitive breed that we recently adopted from Cancun Mexico. She looks identical only with slightly floppy ears. I have also emailed some pics of our precious baby girl we call Chica to the Blogger:)

Unknown said...

Have you researched carolina dogs? We have a carolina dog that is identical to your Talla.