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I'm a landrace dog fancier and birder. 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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Village dogs of Khovsgol Nuur

Neha Arora and her husband Anoop Kayarat live in Ulaanbaatar now, and recently they went to the beautiful lake Khovsgol Nuur. It's known as the 'Blue Pearl of Mongolia' and is about 580 km away from Ulaanbaatar.

Neha is my top favourite dog photographer (have you seen her portraits of Kiba and Kimaya?) And she's a real dog person. In the midst of clicking the Ice Festival and horse-sledding, she managed to look out for the local dogs and get some beautiful pictures. 

Here are a few! 

Outside a 'ger'

I've never seen pictures of Mongolian village dogs before, so this was really interesting for me and other aboriginal dog fanciers in our network. These dogs seem to be of the husky/spitz type. Just as our tropical village dogs are usually of the dingo/pariah type. It's possible many North Asian village dogs look like this. (If anyone has photos, please email me!)

'This big brown dog was at the beginning of Khovsgol Nuur in the town Hatkal,' says Neha.
(Perhaps mixed some generations back with the Banhar, a Mongolian molosser breed very like the Tibetan Mastiff?)

'The other two dogs were 15 km down the lake at our Ger camp. That area was quite isolated.' 

'The dogs are owned in the same manner as Indian village dogs. They are fed leftovers and allowed to sleep outside the houses/gers. They did not bark at us, but may be watch dogs to alert people about the presence of wild animals. We were told wolves and leopards are seen in the area.

'During summer and events like the Ice Festival, the main occupations of the community are centred around tourism. The rest of the time it's predominantly herding (yaks, sheep, horses and some reindeer), and associated jobs.'

Thanks for the photos, Neha. Looking forward to more!

(Want to see some photos of the beautiful countryside around Ulaanbaatar? Check this post about cute INDog-mix LittleDog, who lived in Mongolia for a while with his humans.

And read about Neha's and Anoop's beautiful Indies Champ and Jebo here. They'll be travelling to Mongolia soon).

Photos: Neha Arora
Khovsgol Nuur

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