The short haired street version, unlike the long haired thicker coated highland Kintamani, is a specialist canine. Seen more by visitors to Bali, it really is the first dog face of the Island. Like their human compatriots, they are village originated citizens, cut from the same history.
Like their people, they are tenacious survivors, adaptable and fiercely resilient. Unlike their fellow human Nationals, their opportunity in successfully becoming the change facing them is rapidly diminishing as each birth cycle passes.
For the majority of local Bali dogs, there is no escape to another Island or country. Sure there are those who do immigrate and easily and readily adapt to foreign life, an indication of their intelligent toughness, if ever proof were needed. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of those foreign dogs who are allowed entry on Bali; their issues are endless and sadly cruel on them in so many ways.
For the remaining local dogs on an Island being squeezed by concrete and greed, their only option is to find their original environment. Local Bali dog cannot adapt on their Island home in their original pure canine form, not as the environment progresses, developmentally and materially wise.
Unfortunately what was once a relatively local stability, conducive in allowing their situation to have a favourable future, local Bali dog is now being subjected to a global assault, resulting in its small Island being broken up, its survival being shattered and as splintered uncertainty ensues, local Bali dogs lose out.
The local Bali dog of course doesn’t know this; it’s a dog, a very fine canine indeed. The reality though is that it’s nothing special. On an Island that’s moving and adapting its cultural base in alignment with rapid change, local Bali dog is unfortunately being jettisoned and discarded, an inevitable cultural casualty on the path decided.
Local Bali dogs will find their home, many will not. But those with opportunity, tenacity, intelligence, cunning and a good dose of luck, will find themselves back where it all started. In villages that are holding on to a way of life, a Bali life of long ago, local people with local dogs.