Village Dog Mongolia

The Mongolian Stray is a hardy and adaptable breed of dog found in the rural regions of Mongolia. These dogs are medium sized, with well-proportioned bodies and thick, hardy coats, but can vary due to the mix of breeds from which they may come.

General details

The weight of these dogs can vary, but on average they usually weigh between 15 and 25 kilograms. In terms of height, they usually measure around 50 to 60 centimeters at the withers. As for life expectancy, it is estimated that these dogs can live between 12 and 15 years. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

Their presence in Mongolia dates back centuries, and they are believed to be descended from ancient working and herding dogs that have adapted to the harsh conditions of the country. These dogs have been loyal companions and guardians of Mongolian nomads, accompanying them on their journeys and protecting their herds. Throughout history, Mongolian stray dogs have played a vital role in the survival of nomadic communities, providing companionship, protection and assisting in herding tasks. Their endurance, agility and hunting skills make them valuable partners in the Mongolian environment.

Breed characteristics

Their appearance can vary considerably, reflecting the genetic diversity and mix of breeds found in the population. In general, these dogs are medium to large in size, with muscular bodies and robust build. The tail is usually medium to long in length, carried low or curled over the back. Their eyes are generally medium-sized, expressive and dark in color. The ears vary in shape and may be erect or drooping. Their coat may be short or medium length, with a double coat that provides protection from the extreme Mongolian climate. The most common colors include shades of brown, black, white and gray, but they can also present a wide variety of combinations and patterns. In terms of temperament, these dogs tend to be courageous, loyal and adapted to nomadic life. They have developed instincts of protection and vigilance due to their historical role as guardians of flocks and companions of shepherds. They are known for their endurance, agility and ability to cope with the adversities of the Mongolian environment.

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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