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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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some little dogs - Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

My first trip to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh was in March this year; and I managed to click some lovely village dogs in spite of all-day birding and wildlife-watching. 

Earlier in this blog I've posted photos of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh dogs clicked by Gautam Das and Kiran Khalap.

Assam INDogs are somewhat shorter and smaller than the dogs in the peninsula (which also vary in height). There were also some distinctly short-legged dogs that may not have been mixed with any other breed. I've seen a very few natural 'dwarf' dogs in Mumbai over the years, but the trait seems more common in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh than in the rest of the country. I remember 
seeing similar short dogs in Thailand and Cambodia many years ago. Their heads, ears, coats, tails and everything else were the village/pariah dog type.

His tail was lowered because I was staring at him and clicking his photo

In Arunachal we were in Tenga Valley and went up to Eaglenest. The village dogs look like mixes of INDog and some other breed/s with heavier coat.

I'm only putting the short dog photos in this post; I saw and clicked others too. 

His name is Ankit and he lives near some army quarters. He and his family are looked after by staff who seem very fond of them.  
I'm not sure what will happen once these particular personnel are posted elsewhere.

Ankit with family. The one in the foreground got burned when he sat on the hot embers of a bonfire. 
The army people medicated the burn and he had almost healed up when I saw him.
One of a litter of pups near the Jia Bharali river, Assam. All attached to a tourist resort nearby.

The pups near the Jia Bharali river

From the Jia Bharali river family

Assam - Sonitpur District
Arunachal Pradesh - West Kameng District

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Vishal said...

Wow. Some amazing looking INdogs here :)!

Anonymous said...

By seeing these dogs i feel at home I am from Meghalaya state. of course what you have observed is very true you will find short legs in these region but they are very strong. There are mostly territory fighter also.

Sarah O'Neill said...

Nowhere close to each other but .. I noticed travelling in Romania that a lot of the dogs look 'stumpier' than regular street mixes

Rajashree Khalap said...

Perhaps these stumpy little dogs get preferential treatment from some human communities, because of their endearing appearance. More food and shelter so better breeding opportunities and puppy survival rates.