India’s love affair with imported dogs over indigenous ones..

Soumya Rao of Scroll has a fascinating piece on Indians insatiable demand for anything imported. Just that this piece is on dogs:

It’s easy to identify what a German Shepherd, Labrador and Saint Bernard have in common: they’re furry, adorable canine companions with massive fan bases all over the world. But what about the Chippiparai, Jonangi and Kombai?

Even ardent animal lovers might stumble a bit here, but these too are dog breeds which have another thing in common – they’re all Indian. Skilled, sturdy and well adapted to the country’s tropical climate, these dogs are great workers and excellent companions. Unfortunately, the other characteristic Indian breeds share is that they’re disappearing.

Almost half the known breeds have ceased to exist, while several others are at the risk of dying out. In their rapid decline is a story of years of ignorance and neglect, a telling tale of the status of dogs in a country that’s never quite grown to accept them. Over the last few decades, while foreign breeds have caught the fancy of animal lovers across the country, Indian dogs continue to be shunned.


2 Responses to “India’s love affair with imported dogs over indigenous ones..”

  1. vikramml Says:

    Importing a pet is one thing. But, I was shocked when I saw a Siberian Husky in a small house in NCR. I didn’t think they would do well in tropical climate, that too in a confined space as they are also supposed to be very active, running dogs, with a lot of character. Learnt that this was not just an odd case, but a new fad and it is torture for the poor dogs. Hopefully people will learn quickly.

  2. MS Says:

    Theodore Baskaran is a respected writer on environment. Looking forward to reading the book.

    The scientific community needs to get involved in the taxonomy, and take the power away from international kennel clubs that do not recognize Indian breeds. This is our native species and our bio-diversity mapping effort. Let the kennel clubs have their circus shows.

    And in the process, let’s also remember the humble and ubiquitous Indian street dog. It doesn’t seem to have a place in Baskaran’s book either.

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