The Indian Dog

The Indian dog is a mix of Indian pariah’s and urban street dogs. The urban street dogs are mixes of Indian Pariah and  European breeds. These dogs are free ranging dogs that live among us on the streets. The Indian Pariah dog has a heritage that dates back to nearly 15,000 years and is referred as a class of primitive dogs that is not commercially bred or recognized.

The Indian Pariah dog is one of the few pure bred that originated in our country without any human intervention in their breeding process or through any kind of selective breeding process. Animal birth control programs are in place to get their ever increasing numbers in to control; as there is no effective garbage disposal system and due to the presence of slums in our country.

However in recent years it has been steadily gaining in popularity as a house pet. Here are some reasons why

 Perfect For Indian Weather: Pariahs adaptable to our climatic conditions  not to mention good-looking and well-proportioned.  They are usually healthy and sturdy, and particularly hardy in our sweltering tropical climate.

Alert & Good Watch Dogs: They are very alert and naturally good watchdogs.

Easy to groom: Their short coats make it very easy to manage them where grooming and hygiene is concerned. A bath once a week and they are good to go.

Intelligent & Trained Easily: These dogs can be trained with ease and are so intelligent that they tend to outdo their humans in a good way. Watch  video of a Indian Pariah/Stray pup being trained.

Health: These dogs are very often mixed within breeds and aren’t pure-bred. Since they have a lower risk of obtaining purebred genetics that lead to inherited diseases, they are healthier than other dogs. With lower rate of hip dysplasia and spinal diseases. It is a safe bet to speculate that Stray/Indian Pariah dogs are healthier than pure-bred dogs.

So “Adopt Dont Shop” – Save A Life!!





67 thoughts on “The Indian Dog

  1. Lassy finally has a category other than stray dog…so happy to read about their merits… It’s sadly true we hardly look at strays being capable of anything. Surprising enough if not better they are in power with their domestic counter part..?Thanxs Mallu for ur unconditional attention u pay towards our less fortunate four legged friends…

  2. The Indian dogs look cute. I hope all the docs that are waiting for a home will find one soon.
    I adapted a steady dog five years ago. And she’s the best!

    • Yh, they look exactly like our local dogs (in Ghana, West Africa) as well! Unfortunately, they are not popularly kept as pets and are not valued at all, like the Indian pariah dogs. They are often street dogs and are thought of as dumb and useless because they haven’t been bred for a specific purpose and are not big and heavily built like the Rottweilers and Boerboels. I like them very much, though and currently have one.

      • Would love to see a picture of your local dog. It isn’t easy in India too but we are all trying to do so by raising awareness about them.

  3. I knew India had a lot of stray dogs, but I didn’t realise they actually had a name. It’s so much better than being referred to as stray, and all the thoughts of neglect and abuse that go along with it. Nice to know they’re getting homes and you continue to do your part to help the dogs of India. Very interesting information.

    • Thank you for stopping by. We still have a long way to go even where laws against cruelty towards animals are concerned; one step at a time and hopefully we will get there

  4. What beautiful dogs they are, I can say I did not know much about these dogs before. From street dog to house pet that’s a great transformation.

    • Thats odd because it is at the end of each post unless you went via the menu then it doesn’t have a section for comments

  5. I’m so glad you shared this! I often wonder what would happen if all breeds went away and generations later we were left with “street dogs”. I’m glad to know that street dogs over there are good and sweet. They are crazy cute, too! Great photo grid!

    • Yes they are now more and more people realize how hardy and easy they are to maintain in comparison to the pedigree ones

  6. What beautiful dogs! It’s so interesting to see that these dogs are permitted to run free and that the community appears to care for them. That doesn’t really happen in the U.S. animal control rounds them up and they’re placed for adoption – the lucky ones are adopted into loving homes but there are millions who are euthanized simply because there isn’t enough room to house them. I’m fascinated by communities who allow free roaming dogs, I’d love to learn more about how India is able to sustain these dogs living in the streets while keeping the community and the dogs safe. I think that would make a great future blog post. Murphy did a great job on his Sit! Thanks for sharing about these dogs, very interesting.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Unfortunately Cathy their numbers increased because we dont have an effective garbage disposal in place and also because we still have slum dwellers. However Animal Birth Controls are now in place and we are trying to control their numbers. There is a lot of cruelty that takes place where these dogs get poisoned, run over etc we are trying to get more stringent laws in place right now there is a petty dollar 1 fine. We also have several NGO’s that conduct adoption camps for these puppies and dogs.

  7. I am not really a dog person but it’s the first time I have heard about the Indian dog. They see cute and sweet. Some great information, will share it with my sister. She will love it.

  8. Lovely dog, I gather the stray dogs issue is quite important. We have it too here in Italy, expecially in the South, though I guess it’s not as big as there.

    Thanks for the information!

  9. They look so cute! And I agree with the “Adopt don’t shop” part. There are so many dogs (and other animals) in shelters looking for a new home, no need to go to a breeder 🙂

    • I agree with you that is a deciding factor in my case too if they don’t like dogs they aren’t my friends just acquaintances

  10. PrincelyPaws how did you manage to train your dog how to sit? I need a few tips and pointers. I’m in the process of training my aboriginal breed of dog (I’m Ghanaian) how to sit and he’s so far picking up on the hand signal.

    • Make sure you reward him with praise well when he dies the “sit” for you. Keep the training sessions short and always make them fun use positive reinforcers like food, toys , praise or combinations of these 3. Shape the behaviour when you give the command by gently stroking his spine and pushing his rump down as you give the command. Do let me know how that goes.

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