10 Reasons Why the Pariah Dog Is the Best Companion for Seniors
What Makes the Indian Pariah Dog a Great Companion?
Seniors benefit from and appreciate the company of a dog more than any other demographic. According to St. Andrews University research, "[People] who have a pet dog, they are not only more active, they are also mentally fitter." It is said that dog owners act ten years younger than their actual age.
When selecting a dog breed for seniors, we have to keep certain constraints in mind. Though all dogs are excellent and make great companions, each breed has its own unique attributes, and not all dog breeds may be the best recommendation for seniors. Dogs that are stubborn, dominant, or require steady exercise and attention are not suitable. However, there are many dog breeds available that are well-suited for a senior lifestyle.
While selecting a dog for a senior citizen, you need to consider certain factors like a dog's physical strength and energy level, along with care and attention requirements. Senior people need a healthy, independent, friendly, and moderately active dog—not one that is dominant, aggressive, or hyperactive.
Pariah dogs, also known as the Indian native dog, the INDog, or the "desi dog," can be one of the best options for senior citizens. One must be careful, however, because not all stray dogs on the streets are pariah dogs.
1. Pariah Dogs Are Widely Available
The pariah dog is one of the oldest dog breeds, and according to National Geographic, Egyptian and Indian dogs were the first to be domesticated. As per recent DNA test reports, pariah dogs are the genetic source for the Australian dingo. Years back, pariah dogs were brought to Australia by Indian seafarers.
The Indian native dog is available all over India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and is easy to acquire compared to other popular breeds. You may adopt the pariah dog without cost from NGOs and rescue centres.
2. They Are Adapted to Tropical Climates
The pariah dog is a natural dog breed, and for this reason, they are particularly suited for Indian and Asian climates, where temperatures can vary from -10 to 50 degrees Celsius.
Many breeds cannot adapt to this climate and require extra care. Examples of breeds that are not well-suited for Indian and Asian climates include the Saint Bernard, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, and Cocker Spaniel. These breeds don’t do well in the summer when temperatures are greater than 40 degrees. Breeds like the Dalmatian and Doberman can't tolerate cold. Pariah dogs, on the other hand, have the advantage of being well-adapted to the extreme weather of the Indian subcontinent.
3. They Are Independent and Adjusted to City Life
Although these dogs have the reputation of a village or farm dog, if they receive sufficient, regular exercise, they adapt well to apartment living. In recent years, they’ve gained popularity as a great house pet for city dwellers.
Pariah dogs are intelligent, quick learners, and need to be socialized at an early age. Like other breeds, they also love human companionship and being close to family members. If they are left alone for some time, they do not react anxiously.
4. Pariah Dogs Are Known for Their Good Health
Pariah dogs are not prone to major health issues and only require routine veterinary visits. Their good health is a big plus for owners who are not capable of taking their pets in for frequent grooming or additional health checks. Pariah dogs are bred from an athletic gene pool. They are moderate eaters, rarely overeat, and do not drool or snore (as some brachycephalic breeds do).
5. They Make Incredible Watchdogs
In past years, the Malinois or Belgian Shepherd gained huge popularity when a trained member of the breed participated in a successful strike on Osama bin Laden. In India, the Indian anti-Naxal task force sent trained pariah dogs in to counter terrorism in Naxal-affected regions. These dogs were trained to work twenty-four hours a day in dense forest, extreme weather, and tropical climates.
The native pariah dog has an edge over the pedigree dogs—they do not tire as easily in the hot weather and rough terrain. Their alertness, intelligence, and sturdiness make them superb watchdogs. You may find pariah dogs in Indian villages and rural areas where people are using them as guard dogs to protect their livestock.
A Pariah Dog Chases a Leopard Away From a Housing Complex
6. They Are Loyal and Devoted Family Dogs
Pariah dogs have a long history of human companionship. Ancient stories describe their faithful and devoted nature. Many people are often confused and use pariah as a generic term for all stray or feral dogs, but the pariah dog is not to be confused with stray dogs.
Pariah dogs make loyal, loving companions, and are very protective of their family.
7. Pariah Dogs Are Intelligent and Easily Trained
Pariah dogs are intelligent, quick learners, and train easily. You need to socialize and train them early, otherwise, they can be stubborn, willful, and territorial. They have a pack leader mentality and can be dominant and energetic.
If you are planning to keep them with other pets, they must be introduced to each other at an early age. Comparatively, they are friendly with their family members. They may act aggressively in the late evening, and can't be trusted easily with strangers.
8. They Are Friendly Towards Other Animals
A dog's friendliness towards humans, dogs, and other animals depends on training and socialization. In general, pariah dogs are considered mildly aggressive towards other pets and dogs. However, if familiarised at an early age, they are friendly and caring.
Pariah dogs typically love other pets, but since they are territorial and dominant, they can sometimes become aggressive towards other dogs. They don’t allow other dogs in their territory, especially those of the same sex.
9. Pariah Dogs Don't Shed or Drool
Pariah dogs have a short, coarse coat, and no undercoat, so they shed very little. You will rarely find fur in their living space. They do not require regular brushing or grooming either. Bathing and brushing once a week or every two weeks is sufficient.
10. They Are Unique in Appearance
Pariah dogs are medium-sized dogs, with an average height of 20-25 inches, and an average weight of 14 to 32 kgs, although height and weight comparisons are not constant. Some pariah dogs are tall, up to 28 inches, and weigh around 34 kgs.
They have a pointed muzzle, a long, curved tail over the back, and a short, thick, single-layered coat. They tend to have a short coat in warm climates and medium-length coat in regions with colder temperatures.
Their usual coat colours are light tan, dark tan, reddish-brown, white, black, piebald, and spotted. Some rare pariah dogs receive attention because of their natural and unique colours.
Pariah Dogs Are Deserving of Love, Care, and Attention
Overall, pariah dogs are one of the best dogs for retired or senior persons. Unfortunately, these dogs are often ignored just because they are very common and look similar in appearance to many strays. These loyal, alert, and intelligent dogs deserve our love, care, and attention.
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