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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, February 5, 2013

Two dogs of Flores

We were in Indonesia for a very short trip in mid-December. Short because it was our wedding anniversary (silver!!) and we wanted to do something special. We decided to spend it at Komodo Island. I'd always wanted to go there, specially after falling in love with large monitor lizards in the Sundarbans and Sri Lanka. 

Of course I looked out for native dogs as well, but fortunately there are none on Komodo Island or Rinca even in the small villages on those islands. Bali dogs were already beautifully documented by Yvonne de Kock last year, so I didn't bother to click any more, even the resident one at our hotel in Udayana. 

The other island we visited was Flores. We stayed for three nights at Labuan Bajo, making day trips to the national park. Labuan Bajo was disturbingly free of dogs. Our guide Hendrik told us why. A few years earlier the civic police had shot every dog they could see, as a rabies eradication measure. There are many thick people around who still haven't understood that rabies is best prevented with a needle, not a gun. In Hendrik's village the locals had hidden all the dogs away until the police left, but the dogs of Labuan Bajo hadn't been so lucky. 

Anyway, we did see a small group of four dogs, all apparently pets who had come out of the bungalows to socialize for a bit. Here are two of them. The adults didn't have the true pariah-look of Bali dogs. We don't know what the puppy will look like later, of course. Possibly they were all mix-breeds - or perhaps this is the look that has evolved naturally among the indigenous dogs of Flores? I wouldn't know since I didn't go around the villages. I think it unlikely that Flores dogs are influenced by foreign breeds to any great extent. But I really don't know much about them.

If anyone has observed the dogs of this island more closely, please tell me about them. You can post a comment here or contact me through my profile. Thanks!

Labuan Bajo
Flores, Indonesia

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georgia little pea said...

Happy silver anniversary! Looks like you and I were married at more or less the same time. I think we celebrated ours last year. I don't really remember. How awful, right?! :)

Rajashree Khalap said...

Thanks and congrats to you too! Haha, we aren't much better than you! We forgot the actual day of our anniv as we were very busy doing a river birding cruise. The resort also got muddled and gave us a cake the next day. One loses track of the days in those islands :)