BUYING a pedigree vs ADOPTING a Pariah – everything you deserve to know, that was shockingly concealed all along.
The beginning of the existence of the native Indian dog breed is shrouded in history; no one knows since when have they come into being. They have just always been present in Indian villages and cities since time immemorial. In fact, historical references show that these dogs have been present since the Neolithic times! Even the starting of domestication of these dogs has been a growing debate. It may come as a surprise but these dogs originating in India are ‘pure breeds’. There has been no human intervention in their breeding process, through any kind of selective breeding, manipulated in any way by humans. They’re as much naturally Indian as the country and it’s human citizens are. Patriots are you listening? In order to promote our country’s economy we have been ditching the imported foreign goods and services, ‘Make in India’ is not just an economic policy but a lifestyle mantra these days. Also we are trying to replace the artificial and processed elements of our lifestyle with more of natural or organic alternatives, even though the prices are comparatively much higher as compared to their counterparts. Why then do we want to go for foreign breeds of dogs that are not made in India? Why do we take pride in bearing the unnecessary cost of maintenance of these plush furry dogs meant for snow laden places that have a hard time adjusting to and surviving in our hot and humid climate? Which means, not just adding to their discomfort but to our expenses in the form of general, everyday lifestyle costs and escalated Vet bills due to frequent health issues that arise due to their non alignment with the Indian climate and way of life. Some breeds such as Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Alaskan Malamutes, Saint Bernards, among many others are originally meant to stay in snow! Their fur coats are specifically so designed, so they can dig holes in snow and lie buried in there comfortably while they sleep. Just imagine!
And we bring them to our homes and spend unnecessarily on electricity bills as they have to be kept in air conditioned rooms, at least to survive, their food intake is also totally different from ours, so they can’t be fed the regular Indian meals we are used to, which further adds to the nutritional costs as they’re heavily dependent on packaged breed specific high quality dog food. In spite of the above they still keep falling sick due to a host of allergies, skin conditions and a variety of other ailments, mostly because they have no natural immunity against these foreign (for them) allergens and infections that seem common to us.
Unfortunately many people claim themselves to be dog lovers, little realizing that they’re only into dogs that are fancy, expensive, imported breeds, that aid them in showing off their luxe lifestyles. They don’t really love these dogs, if they did they would not have compelled them to survive where they aren’t meant to in the first place. These dogs are mere status symbols, disguised as ‘dog-love’ there is just ‘self-love’ here. How else would you justify this scenario specially when there are innumerable Indian stray dogs starving on the streets just out their doors and many clean and healthy Indian pups at local shelters up for free adoption?
The ugly truth behind the cute puppies, bought from breeders!
It’s a norm where most people prefer buying pedigree breeds from breeders instead of visiting a nearby dog shelter and adopting an Indian pup for free. But I bet they don’t know what exactly goes on behind the breeders’ walls. People deserve and need to know how breeders that sell you dogs make money. There are very few ethical breeders in our country, while the majority are just parasitic regular people who know nothing much about this department but just want quick and easy money without working. So in order to produce pups they use this thing called ‘rape stands‘ ! Yes, no exaggeration. The female dog is ‘tied’ to this apparatus. Her neck is locked away from her body, so she cannot turn back and bite to protect herself. Even the rear legs are tied and fixed so she cannot intervene with the forced mating. Then the male dog who is also tied by his handler is directed to mate and impregnate the female.
Once pregnant, the pups are born in a few months, they’re allowed to suckle on their mother for way lesser than even a month, that too because they can’t sell them this early, as they won’t survive this young without their mother’s milk. As soon as their three weeks of life get completed, the sellers start rushing them to buyers, snatching away the babies from their helpless, depressed mother.
Normally in developed countries it is illegal to separate a pup from it’s mother and litter mates before at least 8 to 9 weeks after birth. But the parasitic breeders of India can’t wait for their easy money that long. Plus these two months are an absolute necessity not just because of nutrition but also because this is when a pup is developing mentally too and learning the canine societal cues from it’s mother and litter mates for the rest of his life. The number one cause for these dogs to have behavioral problems later in life is because they were separated from their families too early, but people seldom realize this. Most of us have witnessed a pet with anxiety issues, or destructive tendencies, that bark a lot or unexpectedly turn aggressive or something similar, this is mostly because they were denied this basic right of staying and learning things with their own family when they were little. People who own these dogs resort to beating and punishing them for not following their preferred discipline, without ever probing deeper to find out why. Ultimately it’s the dog who suffers, the breeders happily go on minting more and more pups for money the same way. And this takes place so often that the mother dog wears out very soon as compared to the rest of the dogs who breed lesser naturally and stay healthy and fertile for almost their entire lives. And once these female dogs get sick and are no longer able to produce pups for these breeders, they are no longer useful to them. They either kill them or simply abandon them somewhere, and suddenly the meals that she used to get as compensation all these years are now history. She now has to learn to fend for herself like a stray with no shelter or even family or pack to stay with or protect herself from other dog packs who would obviously not welcome her to their area to compete for the already scarce food available. So if she survives, she survives, else who cares, those breeders have already replaced her with a new young female dog to keep up with their ‘business’ and the process goes on and on and on..
Added below are two images containing valuable information that I found too important to let go of. Request you to kindly bear with the lengthy content and read through it all.
The Indian pups/dogs can be as good looking as the ‘pedigree dogs’ that are bought for huge amounts. Yes, they can have great plump, shapely bodies, with softer than cotton and shinier than silk coats. But that would require someone taking a good amount of care of them. They aren’t lucky like their counterparts. They have no one to feed them nutritious meals, take them for regular vaccinations to keep diseases at bay, or make instant vet appointments in case there arises a slight hint of illness. Nobody cares to bathe them, or brush their coats to keep them healthy, dirt and knot free. Their nutrition consists of bits of stale and rotten, discarded food from dustbins and dump yards, that too only if they’re lucky enough to find some. They scavenge the whole day to find bits of spoiled and infected scraps and survive on the dirty water from puddles and drains. Many a times they go without food and water for days too! Such is their plight. If they catch an infection, or get wounded, they have no other option but to suffer and depend on sheer luck to get better by themselves, if the case is not that severe. If it is, they lie in agony and suffer until they die. And nobody cares or knows until their decomposing bodies emit foul smells which make people staying nearby complain to the authorities, who send people from municipalities to come and pick up their carcasses, and toss them afar as garbage! This is the life in a nutshell, of our very own Indian stray dogs..
Deeply saddening right? But it doesn’t have to stay like that, if we choose to adopt them for free, instead of buying a fancy breed not meant to stay in our country.
What rescuing feels like to the rescued and the rescuer…
The joy of rescuing a poor stray pup is an unparalleled and life changing kind of satisfying. Just thinking of how the poor pup would be feeling, once he is rescued from it’s unfortunate state, brought into a cosy home, given some fresh warm food, and a nice soft bed of his very own, decked up with little toys exclusively for him, can light up the coldest of hearts.
Your pup may very well feel so overwhelmed that he may even cry a little. Yes, rescued dogs are known to have shed tears of joy once they realized they have been taken into loving homes forever! Thereafter the kind of bond that you two would share is simply indescribable. Rest assured be prepared to feel proud for not just the former, but those listed below as well;
- You gave the pup a life he deserves, you made him believe that all humans are not the same, he had only known mean or indifferent humans all his life, before he met you. You are his almighty savior, you are his God. You gave him a life full of love, security and care, something he had only dreamt of all these days. He now understands that there’s no need to be scared of the threats (of other animals, thunderstorms, humans, vehicles, you name it) the way he used to all his life. He knows there’s fresh and tasty food awaiting him whenever he is hungry, he now never has to worry about when will he get to eat next as before. Starvation is now a thing of the past. He is no more unwanted and nobody will be shooing him away again. He is now loved, wanted and pampered. His life now matters and he would do his best to love and protect you to return the favor.
- You will feel proud of yourself for choosing to be a bigger man. For not following the trend blindly and actually going against it to do what’s required, what’s right. You could have easily got yourself a nice plush pooch, but you chose compassion over fashion! You gave this baby a life, no one else would have. You turned his dream and right of being loved, protected and spoiled into a reality.
- Also you chose to do your bit towards not only this particular dog, but to others as well. Who knows, people may and will get inspired from you and adopt more such strays, in turn ending up not just saving more lives by adoptions but also by curbing the demand of their foreign counterparts, discouraging those cursed breeders, leading to eliminating the plights of the puppy minting mother dogs, along with reducing the (ever increasing number of the trendy) foreign breeds’ misfortune in being forced to survive in an unsuitable climate! So much for so less. All it shall take is your stance.
An emerging silver lining..
Of late, even though slowly and sparsely, but Indian households have begun recognizing the worth of these lovable strays. So instead of shunning them as usual, many have taken to feeding them outside their houses regularly and even adopting them in. A lot of Bollywood celebrities have come forward supporting PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading non profit organization committed to animal welfare internationally) to encourage and urge people to adopt these beautiful homeless souls. Some have even ended up adopting a few Indian stray dogs (and cats) and are now spoiling them rotten, in their lush homes as esteemed members of their family, with all the love and pampering they can think of! Below is a picture gallery of a few of our beloved stars, who proved to be a ‘hero’ not only on screen but also off it with equal gusto! (I researched through the internet for hours to gather all the pictures with the captions as they are & put them in an automatic slider for the sake of the article’s length & reader’s ease. Hence could not mention all the different sources.)
Inspired! Aren’t you?
So, in case you are considering an adoption, it would be important to know what to expect, and if at all it would be your cup of tea. It’s easy to get hyped up after reading through till here, but we must also remember that it is a decision you have to practically keep up with for years. So it’s essential for you to carefully weigh the pros and cons that are associated with this particular breed (as is with any other) to decipher if you are going to be your adopted baby’s forever family and nothing shorter than ‘ever’. You would not be new to this breed, but in order to clear a lot of inhibitions associated with them, let’s now get into the detailed specifications of our ‘Indies’, ‘INDogs’, ‘Pariah Dogs’, ‘Pye Dogs’ or ‘Desi Dogs’ whatever you call them.
THE INDIAN PARIAH DOG BREED INFO:
Place Of Origin: India
Dog Breed Group Hound Dogs
Height & Weight: 18-25 Inches & 15-30 KG
Life Expectancy: Around 15 years
The Indian Pariah dogs love affection, are docile with the their families and are good buddies with other dogs, tolerant to other pets, moderately friendly, are very patient and can be great nannies to children or even be therapy dogs. They make excellent family pets and are good with children as well as adults, though they need early socialization with children. This will help them to acclimatize to children or other pets in the house. Almost always ready to play, the Indian Pariah in general is a bundle of energy so they would need regular exercise that is on everyday basis. They make appropriate pets for people who love to run or just go for a long walk.
They have a cautious temperament. They make excellent watch dogs with their abundance of energy and inquisitive streak. So if anyone is at the door or if there is an unsolicited presence, your Pariah will inform it to you with some relentless barks. Their noisiness quotient would be somewhere between medium to high.
INTELLIGENCE AND TRAINABILITY:
They are pretty smart and obedient and have a high guarding potential, all of which make them a great watch dog. Indian Pariahs are one of the most trainable dogs around because of their high intelligence. You just have to identify the temperament of the puppy, there might be some puppies that may be shy to start with and take time to train but we should understand that every dog will train at it’s own pace.
Always start with the basic training commands such as ‘stay’, ‘sit’ and ‘down’. This is an intelligent breed and learns to adapt quickly. The best way to train them will be with the help of treats; this breed will love to be acknowledged for it’s behavior.
An awe-inspiring piece of news, I just can’t wait to share is that of an Indie stray female dog who was rescued by the Kolkata cops a year and a half ago, from a bunch of retarded children who were having fun pelting her. They saved the bleeding pup, named her ‘Asha’ (meaning hope) and intended to keep her as a pet, but her fate had different plans for her. An officer sensed her extraordinary talents and insisted she joins the training that was exclusively meant for Labradors and German Shepherds in our country. And she did prove her mettle! Sajal Mondal, the head of the academy, said “she passed the gruelling training with flying colors and that drugs and explosives like TNT were no match for Asha’s keen sense of smell.” “She performed better than her pedigree peers, jumping nearly six feet (two meters) high and crossing hurdles,” he added. “She is also our fastest runner.”
Yes, the above pictures are hers 🙂
Read the full article from Times Of India here
The Indian Pariah is a versatile breed and suits almost every household and there are not many qualms associated with this breed as far as the environment is concerned. They are perfect for all the Indian weather conditions. The Indian Pariah dog as we discussed earlier has been present in the sub-continent for a long time. These dogs have bred through natural selection, without any human intervention. This has helped them to be one of the most adaptable dogs as they have slowly evolved over time into their hardy selves. The Pariah dogs are in fact one of the healthiest breeds known as they are not prone to any specific medical conditions. So getting this breed will keep the vet bills to the minimum as they will also be free of the weather induced allergies and skin issues that most pedigree dogs are prone to. Even though they are the least susceptible to any of the common canine diseases, we should understand that there can be times when your pet may fall prey to illnesses like every other breed in spite of the chances being comparatively less. Another plus would be the fact that their fondness for food or appetite is on the lower side, hence the proneness to obesity would be negligible too.
The Indian Pariah dogs are highly tolerant to warm temperatures and moderately to cold. They have a short coat with medium density that do not require much maintenance when it comes to their grooming. They shed all year round but the absence of an undercoat ensures that you do not see hair all over the house. Regular brushing will keep the shedding minimal as it can easily and effectively remove all dead hair from the coat itself before it reaches the furniture. Due to their coat type, grooming them does not take much of your time or effort. They have less oil glands on their skin, which helps them to stay clean at all times, keeping odor very low, thus seldom needing baths. They don’t drool as well.
What a perfect dog, right? Uber cool!
Before we wrap up for the day, it would be interesting and important to add, that of late there has been a slow yet rising popularity of the Indies among people, and not just locally, but also internationally! There are various instances of foreigners who could not help but fall in love with our dogs. The captivating charm of our Indies have flown them abroad to their new forever homes across countries and continents. Some dogs had captured their foreigner ‘paw’rent’s hearts through the internet where they were listed for adoption along with an account of their terrible pasts, the deplorable conditions they had survived in and the fatal diseases they had overcome with help of some kind NGO. While some chanced upon their ‘paw’rents while they had come to visit India for work or leisure and ended up rescuing the miserable pups from the streets that they could not just leave without. Listed below are the links of some such heart warming stories with their sources to tug at your heartstrings..
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