Kintamani dog is a native canine breed indigenous to the Kintamani region of the Bali Island, Indonesia, though it is rarely found elsewhere away from its homeland. Characterized by a broad face, flat forehead, flat cheeks, thick, erect ears, dark-brown almond-shaped eyes and compact jaws, it has an attractive appearance quite different from an average village dog. Though unrecognized by any popular kennel clubs, efforts are being made to help it attain recognition by the “Federation Cynologique Internationale”.
|Other Names||Balinese Mountain Dog, Balinese Kintamani, Balinese Dog, Bali-Berghund, Kinta (Nickname)|
|Coat||Medium, harsh as well as a double coat along with a collar|
|Colors||The official color is white though may be found in other shades such as beige, brindle, and black|
|Group ( of breed)||Guard dog|
|Lifespan ( Expectancy)||About 14 years|
|Size and Height||Medium; Male: 45-55 cm; Female: 40 to 50 cm|
|Weight||Male: 33 to 37 lbs; Female: 29 to 33 lbs|
|Temperament/ Personality||Independent, friendly, alert, lively, smart, active|
|Good with children||May be when socialized|
|Climate Compatibility||Adapts well to varied climatic conditions, thus being good for rural as well as urban areas|
|Barking||Yes, to alert its owner about anything strange or unfamiliar.|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||Asian Kennel Union, Indonesian Kennel Club (Perkumpulan Kinologi Indonesia) No Kennel club as given it recognition as a Standardized breed|
|Country of Origin||Indonesia|
A lot of stories have been circulated regarding the origination of this breed. Some reveal that they might have come along with the Javanese traders or refugees in the 14th and 15th century respectively. Another popular folk lore is that a Chinese trader by the name of Lee came to Singaraja located in North Bali, with a Chow Chow dog accompanying him that was in turn crossed with the feral dogs of Balinese. Another story states it to descend from crossing a fox, wolf and dog. It is also said to be a result of crossbreeding a Samoyed with a White Malamute, mainly because of its close resemblance in appearance to both.
Genetic studies, however, states its probability of evolving from the local feral breeds of Balinese, also being related to other Asian dogs.
It has been estimated that at present there are approximately 12,000 Kintamani dogs around the Bangli Regency. In the year 2006 it obtained recognition in Bali under the category of “distinct dog breed”.
The authorities of the Bangli Regency always take the initiative of organizing exhibition and contests to popularize this breed so that it gets recognized and acknowledged by the international bodies.
Having an independent nature this breed may be highly territorial on one hand leading to aggressive behavior when other dogs enter into its arena, yet displaying an affectionate and caring nature towards the family they dwell in. They display an intense sense of loyalty when associated with a particular owner. They would even mingle with kids in the family being their perfect playmate when brought up with them.
They are excellent climbers and would enjoy going up the roof or even spend an entire day sleeping or lazing comfortably upon the garden wall.
Being light-footed they move around with immense ease, and also serve as great guard dogs because of their alert and curious nature as well as their ability to let out a bark at anything strange they see or hear.
This breed is known to be great swimmers owing to their great love for water.
You can feed your Kintamani twice or thrice a day with proper quality dog food along with dairy products, meat, cereals and vegetables to ensure proper nutrition.