The Indian Stray is a dog of varied and diverse origin, with no standard breed definition, found in the streets and communities of India. These dogs, adapted to their environment, display a wide range of appearances and temperaments, reflecting the genetic and cultural diversity of the country.
Indian stray dogs can vary widely in size and physical characteristics due to their mixed and diverse origin. Their weight can vary from 5 kg to 25 kg, their height can range from 30 cm to 60 cm, and their life expectancy is generally estimated between 10 and 14 years. It is not a breed recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Breed history in brief
These dogs are the result of generations of mixing and crossbreeding between different breeds and local dogs. Their origin dates back to ancient times, where stray dogs became companions and guardians of human communities in India.
Throughout history, Indian stray dogs have played an important role in the daily life of communities, helping to control rodent populations and offering protection to people and their homes. Although often considered homeless dogs, many of them are welcomed and cared for by local communities, who value them for their loyalty and ability to adapt to different environments. In addition, several organizations and volunteer groups are dedicated to providing care, sterilization and adoption of stray dogs in India.
In general, they are medium to large in size, with an agile and muscular body structure. The tail may be medium or short in length, and its shape and position may vary. The eyes and ears can also present different shapes and sizes, depending on the genetic mix of each individual.
The type of coat can be short or long, with different textures and colors, such as black, brown, white, brindle or a combination of them.
Regarding temperament, Indian Stray Dogs tend to be adaptable, intelligent and sociable. They have developed survival skills in urban and rural environments, and tend to show loyalty and affection towards the people who care for them.
Common health problems
Due to their genetic nature coming from a great diversity of dog breeds, there is not enough knowledge about which are the most common diseases that such dogs can suffer from. However, given their lifestyle, they are more likely to suffer from parvovirus, canine distemper, leptospirosis, ticks, fleas and mange.
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