Jumaat, 18 Februari 2011


Pariah: An indigenous and ancient race of domestic dogs which evolved a distinct appearance and character without human intervention. 

This appearance is called the "long-term pariah morphotype" - click HERE to see photos of the type.The dog was named after the Pariah tribe of Tamil Nadu which was considered outcast. While the original usage of the term is derogatory, it has been commonly used by cynologists for many years and has no negative connotation in the canine context. 

Pariah dogs across continents have the same basic physical characteristics. Enthusiasts consider such primitive breeds to be superior in most ways to artificially developed breeds as they are perfectly adapted for survival. Pariah breeds are not only extremely hardy, they are also very alert and have the high-order intelligence required for a free-roaming life under circumstances which are often difficult and even hostile. In biological terms, the pariah dogs of Asia and Africa are of the highest value for study of genetics and origin of the dog.

Cynology is not well-known in India as a field of study and in the early days there were no Indian experts in this area, so terms coined by western scholars tended to stick. Some Indian scholars feel the name Pariah Dog should be changed. I personally am neutral on this issue but am quite open to promoting a name-change if necessary. The name INDog is already being used by some experts and would be perfect for this indigenous breed. 

(We should remember that even the words dog, its Hindi equivalent kutta, and bitch are used in a derogatory way although they are obviously perfectly acceptable when used in reference to dogs alone).

Pariah breeds in some parts of the world have now been officially recognized by kennel clubs and are being selectively bred. The best-known are the Canaan Dog of Israel, the Carolina Dog in the US, and the African Basenji.

It is now generally accepted that most of the free-roaming dogs in Indian cities and towns are actually mix-breeds (mongrels), though some certainly look more "mixed" than others. 

Pure Pariah dogs are more common in rural and remote areas where there are no Eurobreeds or other types of dog to interbreed with, and minimal or no genetic contamination has occurred. In the Club and in this blog we will go by appearances and refer to the "pure-looking" dogs as Pariah dogs or INDogs.

People sometimes use the words "Pariah" and "stray" interchangeably. This is an incorrect usage.

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