What's the Behavior of Indian Pariah Dogs?

Adrienne Farricelli

The behavior of Indian Pariah dogs is quite different compared to the behavior observed in other canine companions.

The behavior of Indian Pariah dogs cannot be compared to the behavior seen in other types of dogs considering that Pariah dogs are a landrace of dog rather than a dog breed. Landrace are domesticated animals, but they lack the consistency and uniformity associated with selective breeding typical in dog breeds. Landrace therefore display more variety in their appearance compared to standardized dog breeds. This can also mean a variety of different temperaments, although certain traits may be widespread shaped by the environment in which they develop.

The Behavior of Indian Pariah Dogs

Indian Pariah dogs, also known as the Pye Dogs, INDogs or Indian native dogs, are found mostly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan although lately several pet adoption agencies have started exporting them to the US and Australia for adoption.

In their native lands, Indian Pariah dogs are present in abundance in certain areas, mostly living on the outskirts of human settlements. Here, they tend to breed naturally and scavenge for food remains nearby food stalls, small restaurants and garbage dumps. This environment has shaped their behavior, although variability is always possible.

Street Smart Dogs

Indian Pariah dogs are described as being very clever and wise, being capable of making good decisions. These qualities make Indian Pariah dogs as highly trainable, making them capable of learning just about anything. However, they are not fond of repetition, so it's important to vary their training so to not cause boredom. Gentle training techniques are a must.

Loving and Affectionate

Indian Pariah dogs tend to be rather soft dogs who love being around their owners showering them with love and affection. They bond strongly to their owners and are very attentive to their emotions.

Keen Watch Dogs

Indian Pariah dogs are very attentive to their surroundings, making the excellent watch-dogs. Being very alert and intelligent, they have been known for being employed as guard dogs ans police dogs. Although they have territorial tendencies, they tend to mostly bark only if they have a good reason.

Suspicion to Strangers

Important in these dogs is socializing them to people and children from a young age. Although they can be friendly to humans, some of these dogs can be suspicious and nervous around strangers, to the point of sometimes biting people, however, this is often a form of defensive aggression often developed as a response towards humans provoking them by hitting them or throwing rocks at them.