There is no doubt the Street Dog of Bali will survive. What it will look like as it inevitably blends with Anjing Ras, Foreign Dog, is an actioned outcome already underway and an observation currently happening. There have been claims that the original Island Street Dog variation will ultimately face extinction, logistically this is probably unlikely. Even though Bali is a small Island, similar in size to Tasmania, its undeveloped areas for now, still hold stable sanctuary for the ongoing survival of the dog in its original form.
The Bali Street Dog was Island isolated for a very long time and their preservation in original form would have continued, if not for tourism, explosive foreign investment and a massive migratory influx of humans and non-local dogs. This reality has presented a much deeper and long term danger to the dog, its impact much more insidious than the Rabies Virus. There is currently no acceptable human made vaccination against human greed.
Obtaining a formalized breed status may have possibly secured the dog in its original form and made it attractive locally and internationally. The Bali Kintamani Dog has achieved such a status and its protective shield is assured and growing. Unfortunately Street Dogs worldwide have always struggled for certified breed recognition and historically their fate and destiny has resulted in a mixed bred outcome.
There is no way of returning to a time when and where the Bali Street Dog had unfettered free roaming luxury. To dwell on that fanciful past is useless and a denial of the present and future reality facing the dog. There are issues presently on Island Bali that rightly or wrongly, place the plight of the Bali Street Dog at a very low rung, on a very long ladder of priorities.
History is vastly important and even though there are many who disagree, it’s still the only way to remind and show future generations the way things actually were. The Bali Street Dog will survive, it will not look as it once did and that’s the reality of forward momentum. What is important now, what has always been historically important, is to continue recording the subject, from its beginning on through its ongoing evolutionary journey.
Keeping the Bali Street Dog in the mind of those who believe that Protection of species history is important, is the only way to continue Promoting and Preserving its ongoing right to be heard.