The Nepalese Stray Dog is an unpedigreed breed of dog found in the streets and communities of Nepal. They are medium to large sized dogs, with different appearances and breed mixes.
In general, their size can range from medium to large, with an average weight of 15 to 30 kg and a height at the withers of about 45 to 60 cm. The average life expectancy of these dogs is estimated to be between 10 and 15 years in healthy conditions. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Breed history in brief
Stray dogs in Nepal are generally of mixed ancestry and have lived in close proximity to humans for centuries. They have been loyal companions and play diverse roles in Nepalese society, such as guardians of homes and property, working companions in the field, and sometimes even considered sacred in certain local cultures.
Their evolution has been influenced by environmental factors, interactions with other dogs and humans, as well as natural selection. Throughout history, these dogs have been adapted to survive in the environment and fulfill different functions, such as hunting small animals, protecting herds and keeping people company.
Stray dogs in Nepal have a diverse and heterogeneous appearance due to their mixed ancestry. The length of the tail can vary and can be found either curled over the back or hanging down. Likewise, the eyes and ears can show variations in shape and size.
As for the coat, there is also diversity, although medium to short length coats tend to predominate. They can have a wide range of colors, including black, white, brown, brindle and combinations of these.
Temperamentally, Nepal Stray Dogs tend to be adaptable, intelligent and courageous. They have developed survival skills in their environment and their temperament may be influenced by their previous experiences and interaction with humans.
Common health problems
As a consequence of 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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