But they are uncommon today for two reasons. Mongrelization with Eurobreeds is now widespread in many rural areas as well as cities; and there are numerous regional native types that are NOT INDogs.
The truth about INDogs is, location is as important as type.
They are only found in rural regions meeting these criteria:
Here's a beautiful INDog in the Sundarbans, still one of my favourite photos. From 2008.
And this is a nice article on INDogs and other pariah breeds, by Jaymi Heimbuch in Mother Nature Network last year. (Incidentally the photo was clicked by me in a Gond tribal village in Mandla district; we contributed the picture to Wiki Commons).
And now, here are some of the many village dogs that are not INDogs!
Himalayan dogs - Himalayan mastiffs and mastiff-mixes:
|Typical dog in Uttarakhand. This one was at a forest rest house.|
|Mix-breed dog, Tenga Valley, Arunachal Pradesh|
|Typical stocky thick-coated village dogs of North Bengal, many possibly mixed with apso. These were in Lava near the Sikkim border.|
Dhangar Dogs and mixes, in the Western Ghats and Deccan Plateau:
|Dhangar sheepdogs traveling with the Dhangar tribe; they are semi-nomadic. Western Ghats.|
|Livestock-guarding dog near Solapur, west Deccan Plateau|
Sighthounds and sighthound-mixes, in grasslands and other regions where they have been developed:
|Dogs like this are very common in the scrub and grassland areas near Ajmer, Rajasthan. Probably used for poaching hare.|
|Typical village dog of grassland around Solapur, western Deccan; the mix seems to include Karwani (Caravan Hound)|
Eurobreed-mixes in prosperous villages: these are exactly the same as the free-ranging dogs on city streets!
|Livestock-guardian dog, seems mixed with German Shepherd Dog from the shaded coat; near Chandrapur, Maharashtra. His name was 'Tommy'!|
|Spitz-mix village dog with his owner, Raigad district. This village is very prosperous and there are several labradors and spitz kept by villagers.|
I'll be doing some posts on 'Not-INDog' village dogs soon. Drop by in a few days and have a look! And thanks so much for reading my blog!