Bakerwali Dog Breed Facing Extinction

 |  Apr 20th 2008  |   1 Contribution

Thanks to The Hindu for this article.

Bakerwali dogs on the verge of extinction

Srinagar (PTI): The Bakerwali breed of dogs, an indigenous breed of Jammu and Kashmir kept by the nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals, is in danger of becoming extinct within the next few decades, a survey claimed on Sunday.

According to a survey by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, the shepherd dog is on the verge of extinction.

"The Bakerwali dog is distinctive with nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals since immemorial. Since 1990, there has been a steep decline in the number of the dogs with hundreds being killed during militancy in the higher reaches of the state.

There are only a few hundred dogs of this particular specie surviving in very difficult conditions. Dozens of dogs die every year due to rabies and other infections," TRCF secretary Javaid Rahi said.

The dog is an ancient working breed found in the Hindukush and Himalayan belt of the Indian subcontinent, where it has been bred for many centuries by the Gujjar nomadic tribes as a livestock guardian and settlement protector, he said.

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