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The Indian pariah dog is the aboriginal dog, from the Indian sub-continent. It is one of the oldest breeds in the world, thought to have a heritage going back 15,000 years. It is a class of primitive dogs that is not commercially bred or recognized.
‘pariah type’ is often erroneously used to refer to all urban Indian street dogs. Some free-ranging dogs in India do not match the description as they may not be pure indigenous dogs but mixed breeds.
Sometimes, it is referred to as the pye-dog (also spelt pie or pi), and the Indian native dog or INDog. It was also called the “yellow pariah dog” in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ (1894)
I would like to once again praise rescue organization ‘Dogs of the Ganges Society’ for the excellent work they do to help street dogs in India.