These are a few dogs Kiran Khalap photographed on a rushed three day visit to Cambodia in August.
If you haven't seen my earlier post on Dogs of Cambodia, do have a look at it now. It's from 2011. The pictures are village dogs clicked by Col. Gautam Das.
Kiran last visited Cambodia in 1998, with me, and he found Siem Reap greatly changed since then. We remember it as a rather sleepy little town. It's a busy city now. There are more free-ranging dogs now, and more mixed ones.
On this trip he also visited a site about 70 km away from Siem Reap, up a hill. These beautiful aboriginal looking dogs were up there.
|The same dog from the top photo|
And these are the Siem Reap dogs, some attached to eateries. Two have very heavy black shading, including the cute puppy. One has completely dropped ears.
Kiran saw a few short-legged dogs too, the kind we remembered from our last trip.
It would be fascinating to travel in the region and discover more about the village dogs of Cambodia, and all of South-east and East Asia. I just read about a newly documented type, named Cambodian Razorback Dog by the breeders, but I don't know anything about its history or ancestry. It has a primitive type build but long coat, which is unusual. According to the breeders it's extremely rare and found only in a specific region, so it's not a typical village dog.
I wish people all around Asia and Africa would get interested in their native village dogs, common and uncommon, and be proud of them. And preserve them responsibly, as pets and working dogs.
Before they all disappear forever.
Photos: Kiran Khalap
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