Pariah dog

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Pariah dogs are very primitive dogs that live close to humans without being encouraged or fed, and without direct selection. The word pariah is borrowed from the Indian caste system and means outcast, casteless; in this case: dogs that live on the edge of human society. They are usually of a fairly stable type, but with regional differences. In some areas, they have mixed up with runaway dogs of other breeds.


Pariah dogs are distributed over large parts of Africa , Asia , Australia ( Dingo ), New Guinea and southern Europe as well as North America ( South Carolina and Georgia ) and South America ( Amazon region ).

The pariah dogs of the tropical hacking belt are sometimes referred to as Schensi dogs . The Basenji is the best known representative of this type.

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Pariah dogs usually have erect ears, are short to stick-haired and often have a ring-shaped tail. They are almost always sandy or light brown in color. The harsher the climate, the longer the hair. In desert regions , the type often becomes greyhound-like .


Their wolf-like sounds are a distinguishing feature. Most of the time they don't bark, but - like wolves - they are able to do so. Their barks are short, monosyllabic and not as melodic as that of the domestic dog.


Original pariah dogs have regional strikes, but no breeds in the breeding sense. However, some types have been breeded and turned into dog breeds. Dingoes are descendants of Asian pariah dogs.

The races of the paria type include a .:

See also


  • Rudolfine Menzel and Rudolf Menzel: Pariahunde (= Die neue Brehm-Bücherei. Vol. 267), 2nd edition, ISBN 978-3-89432-697-5 . Westarp Sciences, Hohenwarsleben 2005 (reprint of the 1960 edition, published by Ziemsen, Wittenberg).