The Telomian is a rare and perhaps the only Malaysian canine breed known to be bred away from its native land. These small to medium sized dogs have an athletic and sturdy stature, also being characterized by a square-built, elongated body, well-proportioned head, almond-shaped eyes set widely apart, middle-sized, erect ears, and a deep chest. They are even known to have a blue tongue just like the Chow Chow and other Asian breeds. These unique dogs possess an intelligent and alert disposition, that help them to excel as perfect watchdogs.
|Coat||Short and Smooth|
|Colors||Common shades include black and white; tan and white but any shade of sable and white is also seen along with a black mask.|
|Type||Working dog, Watchdog, Guard dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 14 years on an average, though exact data is unknown|
|Size and Height||Medium; 15 to 19 inches|
|Weight||18 to 28 lbs|
|Personality Traits||Intelligent, Loyal, Adaptable, Obedient, Alert|
|Good with Children||Yes ( when socialized)|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Mostly thrives in climates where the temperature ranges between 70 ° and 90° F but can survive in cooler climates if they are well protected.|
|Barking||No ( Growls and howls instead)|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||APRI, DRA|
|Country of Origin||Native of Malaysia but bred and domesticated in the U.S.A|
The Telomians were primarily bred by the Orang Asli, inhabitants of Malaysia, for the purpose of getting hunting dogs, effective in controlling and keeping away vermins as well as other house pests that would otherwise pose a threat to their habitat.
Certain cynologists are also of the opinion that these dogs might be the missing link between the African Basenji and Australian Dingo, who are also thought to be its close cousins.
Dr. Orville Elliot, an anthropologist, discovered and introduced these dogs to the West in 1963, also giving them their present name “Telomian” after the river Telom, where he spotted them for the first time. A pair of these dogs was migrated to the United States, with the Telomian Dog Club being formed in the year 1970. The second pair was brought over in 1973 and the Telomians in the West are said to be descendants of these two pairs that were bred successfully as well as domesticated in the United States.
With the prey hunting instincts inherent in them they are extremely intelligent and alert breeds having a strong intuition of sensing any danger and warning their owner of the same. Rather than barking, they would let out a howl and growl similar to their cousins, the New Guinea Singing dog and Basenji. This trait makes them aversive of strangers, warning the owner immediately if they find an intruder in the premises of their household.
The excellent climbing skills which the Telomians possess may be because of their past living conditions where they had to get onto ladders to access their owners’ homes which were mostly built on stilts to seek protection from the wild animals and insects of the jungle.
This climbing ability is also said to give them a great paw control due to which they can hold onto food, toys and even open doors with great dexterity.
Their ability to make amusing faces, especially while pleading for treats adds another charm to their pleasing character.
As they were mostly bred in the wild, the Telomians would remain indifferent or find it difficult to adapt to people if not socialized since its puppyhood (which is necessary as early as the fourth week of its life). However, when taught to mingle with people, they would emerge as a great family pet also serving as the perfect companion to their master, displaying obedience, and loyalty, as well as the ability to please its owner in any way it can.
When socialized these gentle dogs can emerge as a perfect playmate for children, their playful and highly energetic nature further contributing to this trait.
The adverse and difficult terrains (of the jungle) that they were inhabitants of make them highly versatile and easily adaptable to various environments.
Their sharp minds, obedient nature and eagerness to please make training an easier task.
Make sure you give your Telomian a nutritious and healthy meal on a regular basis to fulfill his protein, vitamin and mineral requirement.
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