7 reasons why the Indian pariah dog is best for Indian home?

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Indian pariah dog

So you are ready to welcome the bundle of happiness that’s a dog!

Now comes the tricky part —  are you ready for a dog? And which is the best dog for Indian home?

Before we tread any further it is worth reiterating, what we so often say here: Please choose to adopt a dog against buying one. When you choose to adopt, and not shop, you help rescue a less fortunate pup to a way better life.

What’s more rewarding than that?

Indian pariah dog – best dog for Indian home

The absolute best dog for Indian home is an Indian pariah dog. Also referred to as desi, mixed breed, mutt or an indie dog, almost interchangeably. ‘Pariah’ means an outcast. A more misfitting travesty couldn’t have been there — unlike all other exotic breeds, these dogs are native to the Indian subcontinent.

1. Indian street dogs (Indian pariah dogs) are extremely alert & social.

Highly intelligent, and amicable, they’re one of the most versatile and adaptable dog breeds found in India. Desi dogs are loyal, loving, and street-smart.

Indian Pariah dogs make for loving family pets and are great with kids and adults. They are high on energy and complement kids with an active lifestyle.

adopt an indie dog
Sonal chose to look beyond the breeds and adopted an indie for her daughter.

2. Desi dogs have incredible Immunity

The immunity level of indie dogs is far better than foreign breeds, they’ve perhaps the best gene pool for Indian conditions. Having evolved through the generations to suit themselves to sub-continent conditions, Indian pariah dogs are least susceptible to the diseases that the pedigree often fall prey to.

3. Indian pariah dogs have minimal grooming needs

Indie dogs are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming and vet visits. Most of them have a short coat which helps withstand India’s tropical climate. Although they do shed through the seasons, the absence of undercoat ensures there’s no hair all over the household.

Since they have a short coat, regular brushing is good enough to keep them groomed thus not taking much of your time or effort. Indian pariah dogs have significantly fewer oil glands on the coat, which helps prevent odour. 

Indian dogs or pedigree dogs?

Purebred or pedigree dogs are either bred for a specific purpose – Newfoundlands as water rescue dogs or are native to a specific location – Tibetan mastiff who thrives in the Himalayas but not so in the humidity of Mumbai or summers of Delhi.

Why adopt an Indian pariah dog/desi dog?

4. Indian Pariah dog is the all-rounder for the Indian conditions – temperature to temperament to training. You’d be surprised how smart they are with real-life scenarios, a skill that comes to them by surviving on the mean streets.

The Indian Pariah dogs are a versatile breed – skilled, sturdy, and well adapted to India’s tropical climate, these dogs make for excellent companions.

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There is no good or bad breed; unfortunately the same can’t be said of the pet parent. If you are looking for a companion in the truest sense, please consider a pariah dog. They may not have an exotic name to call for their breed but then you are getting a best friend, not a handbag.

5. Indian pariah dogs are extremely adaptable

Adjusted to rural or city life, Indian pariah dogs can adapt to farmhouse or apartment living with equal ease.

6. Indian pariah dogs make for great companions for senior citizens

Senior citizens need dogs who are moderately active and not temperamental. Indian pariah dogs with their friendly demeanour and independent lifestyle make for excellent companions.

7. Stray dogs are easily trainable.

Uttarakhand Police adopted a stray dog and trained him alongside other foreign breeds – the Indian pariah dog proved out to be the top-performing member of the dog squad!

Proving once again that all that the stray dogs need, is a chance.

Uttarakhand police stray dog
Image courtesy: Uttarakhand Police

Earlier, a stray dog named Asha (meaning ‘Hope’) was rescued from the stone-pelting children by West Bengal police. She was bleeding when she was taken inside the campus. 18-months later, she has emerged as the top dog in an elite bomb- and drug-sniffing squad.

She proved out to be a match to the police German Shepherds and Labradors, sniffing out drugs and explosives like TNT. 

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West Bengal police dog ‘Asha’
Before you adopt…

Adopting a dog is a full-time responsibility. You’d have often heard people drawing parallels like having a dog is like having a child and yet so many new pet parents don’t realize how much work a dog is until they get their first dog.

Unfortunately, what goes wrong, so often is the fact that most people who get a dog don’t really anticipate the dog’s needs. They get a breed that is completely inappropriate for their lifestyle, accommodation or climate. Hence you’d see someone watching Beethoven and opting for a Saint Bernard in a Delhi apartment.

Roll over a few months and you wouldn’t be surprised to see these exotic breeds left tethered to a chain at the gates of the house, their exercise routine soon becomes a pain-point – delegated to kids (who may get bored after some time), then relegated to maids and in worst cases abandoned at shelter homes.

Pictured it? Probably you’d have come across such cases too which aren’t just abjectly inconsiderate but downright cruel.

See: Dog adoption Guide

We hope you’ll choose to adopt and be a hero to the homeless. Please ensure that whichever dog you get, you take care of them and don’t leave her ever, neither in the face of Armageddon nor coronavirus.

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The Chile revolution dog who led the student protests

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Street art reimagining Keanu Reeves as the patron saint of stray dogs in Chile. He’s holding a puppy called Negro ‘Matapacos’, Chilean symbol of protest and resistance against police brutality.

In the early 2010s when the students in Chile took to the streets against the privatization of universities demanding education became more accessible for everybody, little did they know that a dog would become the symbol of the revolution.

This socialist hero wore a bandana and unflinching courage.

Negro ‘Matapacos’, the stray dog showed up at almost every student protest.

He defied tear gas and water cannons and accompanied the students in their struggle for affordable education.

Negro Matapacos, the Chile revolution dog

Although driven by a common purpose, protests need more than placards and petitions, posters and people; they need an element of emotion — that one thread that ties them beyond speeches and editorials.

For Chile student protests, that unifying thread was a dog.

Chile revolution dog

Negro Matapacos gained a cult status among the student circles of Santiago. He’d participate in the street marches with a no-holds-barred attitude against the police.

His rebel antics won a plethora of fans who (you guessed it), happened to be protesters.

Chile dog Negro Matapacos
The slang Negro ‘Matapacos’ which loosely translates to black ‘cop-killer’, was given to him as he was as fierce as it gets when it came to defending the students.

Loved and adored by the student community, he was a familiar face on the university campus. A student named Maria Campos provided him with what would become his signature, coloured bandanas. At the peak of his popularity, he was also the star of a documentary film.

Negro Matapacos passed away in 2017. Tributes poured in all the major media. Murals featuring Negro Matapacos adorned the walls.

Chile dog poster

He lives on – printed on flags, t-shirts, pamphlets as a symbol of solidarity and resistance.

Chile dog flag

Far beyond Santiago, drawings of him have been spotted from New York to Shibuya station in Japan. Statues of Hachiko and Balto have been on occasions adorned with red handkerchieves as a mark of respect to Negro Matapacos.

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Two years after his passing, Matapacos again went viral on social media in late 2019 when an artist posted an image on Instagram protesting against the hike in metro fare.

Somewhere up in the clouds, Matapacos is still braving the odds to support his humans.

Viva la revolution!

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New research suggests that your dog can help you live longer!

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Science confirms it – your dog can help you live longer!

Living with a dog helps you live longer, science says so!

Well, if you needed another reason to love dogs, two recent studies show that your furry companion is great for your health, happiness, and longevity!

How your dog can help you live long and healthy?

  1. A person who shares his life with a dog gets to have more exercise hence lower blood pressure.
  2. Pet parents also get a good dose of the endorphins, the chemicals that help to relieve pain or stress, and boost happiness.
  3. Interacting with dogs helps release oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle hormone”. So next time you are home, try to veer off from the smartphone screen and try to enjoy some time with your dog.
  4. Kids who grow up around dogs are 50% less likely to develop allergies and asthma than those who grow up without a dog.
  5. The companionship of dogs is literally good for your heart – it even reduces symptoms of depression.

Dogs help reduce the risk of dying early by 24%.

New Research from the University of Toronto, suggests that dog ownership is linked to a 21% reduction in the risk of death — over the 12-year period studied — for people with heart disease.

The researchers drew on data from almost 4 million people in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Scandinavia, spread over almost 70 years.

Can dogs detect health issues in humans?

For those who had already had a stroke, the risk of death due to a heart attack was decreased by 31% as compared to stroke survivors who didn’t have a dog.

how dog ownership helps your health

Another Swedish study of more than 3,36,000 dog owners and non-owners who had suffered a heart attack or stroke, found that the risk of death for heart attack patients who lived alone — but had dogs — was 33% lower than the solitary adults without dogs.

“We know that social isolation is a strong risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature death. Previous studies have indicated that dog owners experience less social isolation and have more interaction with other people. Furthermore, keeping a dog is a good motivation for physical activity, which is an important factor in rehabilitation and mental health.”

– Tove Fall, professor at Uppsala University, Sweden

Aside from being a loyal and loving companion, dogs are indeed the good boys you’ve heard people say they are. So take forth a healthy step for a positive outlook on life, and bring home happiness.

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