Dogs are man’s best friends, but in India, ‘indie dogs’ – or dogs indigenous to the country – find themselves being treated with scorn. Although there are around nine known varieties of Indies, they are the least preferred breed in India when it comes to pets. As a result, Indian streets are crowded with strays which often starve to death or end up as road kill.
The preference for pedigree dogs in India is born out of a fair amount of misconception about Indian breeds, colonial ideas of beauty and an assertion of status – all of which causes dogs on both ends of the spectrum to suffer.
Let experts and dog lovers convince you that Indie dogs too make loving canine companions to humans.
While Indian street dogs find themselves at the receiving end of violence, pedigrees often suffer from having to live in an uninhabitable environment for their kind.
Contrary to the popular notion that Indian dogs are good enough to only be guard dogs, they can also make very loving domestic animals. They’re not innately violent, as most people believe, but react to a sense of self-protection when attacked, as all animals do. Moreover, for a tropical country like India, indies are best suited to the hot climate.
And unlike pedigrees, whose genes have been tampered with to suit the human fancy, indies are closer to their primate owners genetically, which makes them less prone to diseases.
Adopting dogs that need a home over buying them will help put an end to the cruel ‘puppy mills’ in the country that are responsible for forcefully breeding sick dogs that are often left abandoned by the families that adopt them.
Camerapersons: Athar Rather, Shiv