Indian Pariah Dog

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


Indian Pariah Dogs pair up as guard dogs and loyal loving pets. They are also India’s most native dog breed. The Pariah Dog also goes by the name of Dye Dog or InDog. Even though they are India’s native dog breed, they are descendent from the first Chinese breeds of dog which were bred to be domesticated. Australian Dingoes are also of the same lineage of the Indian Pariah dog, the breed reached Australian shores when sailors brought their dogs overseas. The pure line breed for the Indian Pariah Dog is more than 15,000 years old!

Physical Characteristics

Indian Pariah dogs are of medium builds and weigh between 14 and 32 kilograms and it’s uncommon that they grow taller than two feet. The coat colours can vary between white, tan, pale brown, and reddish brown, and normally you will be able to see a mixture of two or more colours present on the coat. Yet with the pure bred dogs, it is uncommon to see spots or brindle markings. A solid white coat is also a sure sign of crossbreeding with the Indian Pariah dogs, so make sure you pay close attention to the coat patterns when you are buying or adopting. Facially, they will have a pointed snout, almond-shaped dark eyes and pointed erect ears.

Character and Behaviour

Indian Pariah dogs make for excellent watchdogs. This is due to their ancestry and how comfortable they could navigate through the forests at the sides of aboriginal Indian tribes. It is in their bloodlines to be vigilant and attentive as well as being defensive of their pack – when in a domestic situation, that is the dog’s human family. They are a loyal breed whose relationship with humans dates back for thousands of centuries.

Training and Education

Early socialisation is a must with Indian Pariah dogs, this will allow them to adopt the happy and tentative qualities you want from a pet or a guard dog. They are suitable for first-time dog owners due to how easy they are to train, their energy levels match how attentive they are, they are very fast learners. Yet, from the beginning of training you have to let the Indian Pariah run as the pack leader due to their levels of dominance.

Health Problems

The breed’s average life expectancy is between 13 and 15 years under good conditions, and it is a dog which doesn’t display many genetic health conditions. Yet, this will depend on the climate that they are living in. Whilst they may be comfortable in slightly cooler climates than India and Pakistan, they require special attention in colder climates. Another remarkable fact about the Indian Pariah Dogs is that they don’t drool, or snore.

Grooming and Care

Due to the Indian Pariah dog’s short coat their grooming needs are minimal. This also means that baths are only needed as required or twice annually. Compared to most dogs, the Indian Pariah dogs are easier and cheaper to groom and care for than others as they will not need to go to the grooming parlour.

Children and Other Pets

It is only recommended to introduce an Indian Pariah Dog to small children if they have been around them from a young age. The breed tends to be friendly and affectionate towards its owners and those that it knows, yet they can show aggression towards visitors to the home or strangers.

Interesting Facts

Whilst many people mistake the Pariah dogs for your average street dog, there are plenty of distinctions between them. Pariah dogs are pure breeds and the street dogs are generally mongrels which have cross-bred with the Indian Pariah Dogs.