10 Reasons Why Pariah Dog is The Best Option for Elders or Senior Citizens

Retired or elderly people need and appreciate the company of a dog more than any other age group.

  • According to, St Andrews University research "the people who have a pet dog, they are not only more active, they are also mentally fitter.
  • The dog owners act ten years younger than their age.

While selecting a dog breed for senior people, we have to keep certain constraints in mind. Though all the dogs are excellent and make great companions, but each breed has its own unique specialty. And all excellent dogs may not be recommended to elders. Dogs which are comparatively more stubborn, dominant or need steady exercise and attention are not suitable for seniors. However, there are many dog breeds available that could be well-suited to them.

While selecting a dog for senior citizens, you need to consider certain factors like their physical strength and energy level along with the required time and attention. Elder people need a dog which is healthy, self-dependent, friendly and need less attention and exercise. And that must not be dominant or aggressive.

Pariah dogs can be one among the best option for them. This hub discusses more about the behavior and characteristics of pariah dogs and facts that make them one of the best suitable dogs for senior citizens. Pariah dogs are also known as Indian Native Dog or INDog and commonly known in India as "Desi Dog". But one must be careful, all Stray dogs on the streets are not the Pariah. In big cities, most of them are mingled and are mongrels, still in villages and rural areas most of stray dogs are Pariah only.

Pariah Puppy for adoption
Pariah Puppy for adoption

1: Easily Available

Pariah dogs are one of the oldest dog breed. According to National geographic film "Search for the first dog", Probably Egyptian and Indian dogs were the first domesticated dog breed. Pariah dogs are available all over India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. As per recent DNA test report Pariah dogs are the genetic source for "Australian Dingos". Years back they were brought to Australia by Indian Sea feral. Pariah dogs are easily available. You may get them for free from NGOs and rescue centres for adoption.

If you are interested for a Pariah dog, you can check from these websites.

7:, the WSD Indian Pariah Dog Club, call +91 22 64222838 or email at

2: Well Capable to Adopt Tropical Climates

Pariah dogs are natural dog breed. They are most suitable for Indian and Asian climate, where temperatures varies from (-10 to 50 degrees). All dogs are not able to adopt this climate and they need extra care and protection. Few examples are St. Bernard, Golden retriever, Great Dane and Cocker Spaniels - they are not able to tolerate warm climate and don’t do well in summers when the temperature is more than 40 degrees. And some dogs like Dalmatian, Doberman etc., can't tolerate cold. But Pariah dogs are well adapted to Indian weather and make a better pet for elders.,,,,

3: Easy to groom and capable of Independent living

Pariah dogs are generated by the natural selection and they are physically and mentally fit to survive and grow with minimum or without supervision. They are the best fittest dogs for sub continental tropical climate and could be preserved easily.

Pariah dogs are very intelligent and quick learners but need to be socialized at an early age. Like most of other breeds, they also love human companionship and living around family members. But better part of them is, if they are left alone for some time they do not react anxious and that’s a huge plus point. Though these dogs have best reputation like a village or farm dog, but if they are getting sufficient exercise and regular walking, then they are well adopted for apartment living. In recent years they’ve gained popularity as a great house pet for apartment living and cities

4: Strong and healthy dogs, don't have any health concern

Pariah dogs are naturally grown and very healthy dogs, they do not have any major health concern and need only routine vet visits and low maintenance. That’s a big plus for owners, who are not capable of taking their pets for regular check ups or maintain high grooming. Their another positive side is, they are bred by the best fittest individuals of competitive race and genetic health concern is very rare for them. Also they are very moderate eaters, they rarely overeat and don’t drool or snore.

7 months old Pariah puppy
7 months old Pariah puppy
Pariah Dog being trained for anti-Naxal operations in Chattisgarh, India.
Pariah Dog being trained for anti-Naxal operations in Chattisgarh, India. | Source

5: Highly Alert and Good Watch Dog

In past years Malinois or Belgian Shepherds gained huge popularity, when one dog of this breed was participated in a successful strike on Osama Bin Laden. Likewise in India, Indian anti-Naxal task force bent a dog force to Counterterrorism in Naxal affected regions. These dogs were supposed to work 24/7 in dense Forest and in extreme weather and tropical climate.

For such a tough operations native Pariah dogs have an edge over the pedigreed dogs as they do not get tired in the hot weather and rough terrain and can do well in dense forests. Alert, intelligent and sturdy Pariah dogs proved their means within 3 months, when Naxal people vacated the place and stipulated villagers to kill their own pet dogs or don't let them left outside at night.

A stray Pariah Dog Chases Away Leopard from Housing Society

6 : Very Loyal and Devoted

Pariah dogs are identified as the first dog to represent transition between the wolf and modern dog breeds. They have a very old history of human companionship and lots of ancient stories are available to describe their faithful and devoted nature. Many people are confused and they used Pariah, as a generic term for all stray or feral dogs. “Pariah Dog” is not to be confused with "mongrel" or "mutt", which means a dog of mixed breed.

You may find Pariah dogs in Indian Villages and rural areas, where people are using them as guard dogs for protection of their livestock. Pariah dogs are one of the most reliable and honest companion, also Pariahs are very protective and caring for their families and owners.

7: Intelligent and Easily Trainable

Pariah Dogs are very intelligent and quick learner, they could be trained easily. But You need to be careful and responsible to socialize and train them at an early age, otherwise they could be stubborn and willful because they are territorial and have a pack leader mentality and they are dominant and energetic dogs.
So if you are supposed to keep them with other pets, they must be introduced at an early age. But comparatively they are very friendly to their family members. Though they are reserved with strangers and guests and rarely entertain outsiders. Usually they behave more aggressive at late evening and can't be trusted easily with strangers or guests.

8: Friendly Towards Other Pets

Dog’s friendliness toward human, friendliness toward dogs and other animals is entirely different conduct. It depends upon their grooming, training and socialization. In general, Pariah dogs are considered average aggressive towards other pets and dogs. But if familiarised at an early age, then they could be very friendly and caring.
Usually pariah dogs are active, friendly and lively. They love other pets, but since they are territorial and dominant dogs, sometimes they can become very aggressive towards other dogs and can't be trusted easily. They don’t allow other dogs in their territory, especially from same sex.

Friendly Pariah Dogs
Friendly Pariah Dogs

9: Don't Shed or Drool

Pariah Dogs have a short and coarse coat and don't have undercoats so they shed very less. Thus, you can rarely see hair at the place of their living. They do not require regular brushing or any extra care. Bathing and brushing once in one or two weeks is sufficient for them. They love to keep their living place neat and clean also they are very moderate eaters and don’t drool. That reduces maintenance effort, and is an another positive expect while considering a dog for elders.

10: Available in Multiple Shades of Coats and Fur

Pariah dogs are medium sized dogs, with average height of 20 - 25 inches and weight around 14 to 32kgs. Comparative to other dog breeds their height and weight is not constant. Some Pariah dogs are tall up to 28 inches and weight around 34kgs.

They have a pointed muzzle, long, curved tail that’s curled over the back; and short, thick and single layered coat. Usually they have short coat in countries with warm climates and medium sized coatsin countries with low temperature. Their usual coat colours are light tan to dark reddish-brown, but white, black and tan, piebald and spotted dogs are also common. Some rare Pariah dogs got popularity and attention, just because of their natural and unique colours. A large variety of colours provides you more options to choose from.

Pariah Dogs with different colour and coats
Pariah Dogs with different colour and coats
A Natural unique coloured Pariah Dogs
A Natural unique coloured Pariah Dogs

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Overall, Pariah dogs are, one of the best suitable dogs for retired or senior person. Unfortunately these dogs are ignored just because they are very common and looks similar to stray or Mutts. But these dogs are natural dog breeds for Indian and Asian sub continents and fittest for extreme climate and weather. These very loyal, alert and intelligent dogs deserve our love, care and attention.

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Satyajit Jadhav 2 months ago

Yes, they get easily train and this breed is loyal and courageous.

All the foreign breed dogs get scared of my dog (street/pahari) , and I feel proud of my Sheru.

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srai01 4 months ago Author

Hi Juthchyuta,

Its great to know.

Let me know if you have puppies and looking a good home for them, sometime people ask me "from where they can get Indian Spitz"? I will refer you.

Juthchyuta 4 months ago

I currently have four dogs. one spitz, one pariah, and two cross breeds. They provide me and my family with unmeasurable amount of joy and love. God bless the animal lovers.

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srai01 2 years ago Author

Thanks Anusha15!

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anusha15 2 years ago from Delhi, India

You've raised some valid and actually should-be-considered points in this hub. Senior Citizens, more than any other age group, face loneliness and depression rising due to lack of companionship, and having a pet - specially making the right choice when the breed is concerned - can be a life changer for them. Great hub.

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