Indian Indigenous Dog

Indian Indigenous Dog

The 60 million Indian pariah dogs, or village dogs, represent the largest village dog population in the world. These dogs are often independent but can be very playful and loyal companions.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 16-21in

Female: 14-19in

Weight

Male: 30-50lb

Female: 23-43lb

Fun Fact

Though almost all female dogs are in heat twice a year, Indian native dogs are only in heat once a year (seasonally), like wolves and wild canids.

About this Breed

The Indian subcontinent contains approximately 50 million dogs (nearly as many as the United States has), split evenly between rural (village) and urban (street) dogs. Indigenous Indian land races and breeds include the classic Indian pariah dog (INdog), Mudhol (Caravan) hounds, Chippiparai, Combai and Kanni. Indian dogs are at a crossroads of the dog population: while they show unique genetic signaturesall their own, they also show gene flow from neighboring populations, including the Middle East, Central Asia, and East Asia. Indian dogs are generally short coated and medium-sized, with a slender build and an independent spirit.

Unfortunately, many street dogs in India lack access to proper food or veterinary care, and in many areas, stray dogs are routinely killed in an effort to lessen the number of people injured by dog bites or killed by rabies infection. India records around a third of the worldwide human rabies deaths every year (around 20,000 deaths per year in India). In recent years, programs have started in many Indian cities to vaccinate and spay/neuter village dogs in order to reduce the harms associated with large numbers of feral dogs in a city (especially rabies).

Indian Indigenous Dogs on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Indian Indigenous Dog ancestry.

  • Diya

    Diya

    Purebred

    Marvelous Raji

    Marvelous Raji

    Purebred

    Meko

    Meko

    Purebred

    KHUSHI

    KHUSHI

    Purebred

  • French Fry

    French Fry

    Purebred

    Logan

    Logan

    Purebred

    Rocky

    Rocky

    Purebred

    Desi

    Desi

    Purebred

  • Rio

    Rio

    Purebred

    Priya

    Priya

    Purebred

    Snowy

    Snowy

    Purebred

    Jasper

    Jasper

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Jasper
  2. Logan
  3. Marvelous Raji
  4. Maxx
  5. Meko
  6. Mowgli
  7. Opie
  8. Rio
  9. Shifu
  10. Aang

For Females

  1. Bibi BZ
  2. Bindi
  3. Bowie
  4. Coffee
  5. Desi
  6. Dharma
  7. Diya
  8. Dottie
  9. French Fry
  10. Bacchi

Common Locations

  1. Delhi, India
  2. India
  3. Illinois, United States
  4. Oregon, United States
  5. Kerala, India
  6. Maharashtra, India
  7. Shanghai, China
  8. Michigan, United States
  9. Washington, United States
  10. Wisconsin, United States

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