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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.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cricket, Mexi-dog

Another pariah type dog from Mexico, like Talla who was featured in April. This striking and very unusual-looking dog is called Cricket, and like Talla she was adopted and taken to the US. Owner Amber Oertle is extremely (and understandably) proud of her!

These dogs are also called Mayan Dogs, and some believe they are primitive dogs descended from the pre-Columbian dogs of the region. If you are interested in pre-Columbian dogs of the Americas, do read this informative article by Stephanie Little Wolf. 

Like our INDogs, these pariah dogs are also highly intelligent and quick learners. Amber does agility with Cricket, a great outlet for energetic dogs.

'Cricket is about a year and a half old,' writes Amber. 'She started taking agility lessons about 6 months ago or so and absolutely loves it. She is super-precise and quick on the obstacles and she is very focused on the task at hand.

'We recently passed the Canine Good Citizen test about 3 months ago. Her official name on her CGC certificate is Little Miss Jiminy Cricket.

'Cricket very much resembles a coated Xoloitzcuintli/Pariah-type dog. While she is super-bonded to me and is easy to train (though stubborn at times) she is still primitive in both features and temperament.'

Here's a blog Amber has started on these lovely dogs - Mexi-Dog Blog.


Photos: Amber Oertle

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