Genetic malfunction, cross breeding, natural selection, environmental adaptation. Whatever the variables or reasons, short legged dogs on Bali appear to be increasing.
There are of course foreign breeds such as the floppy eared stumpy legged Beagle, the distinctive patchwork coloured imported canine that continues to rate right up there among the most favoured for local ‘ownership’.
It’s not until you begin to seriously look, that it also becomes obvious that there are definite ‘pure bred’ short legged (pendek kaki) Bali Dogs. For any avid follower of the stock standard sized Island dog the sight of a pendek kaki can elicit many more questions than available answers.
If the invasion of foreign dogs continues at current rates the obvious future for the indigenous Bali Dog is a crossbreeding inevitability. As unpalatable as this is for lovers of the ancient iconic unique Bali Dog, it is already happening. Bali Dog Combos are being rolled out with ‘interesting’ results.
It’s highly unlikely that Bali Dog original will disappear in the near future, however their isolated unchanging continuum was shaken with the arrival of Rabies and their balanced world was turned upside down when an open border policy heralded a foreign dog infiltration.
Bali Dog future will most definitely be a born bred Island version and although it may end up looking quite unlike its ancient relative it will still be a Bali Dog.
But as space becomes a very scarce and much sought after commodity and as calls for more restrictions on free roaming dogs curtails them more and more an inevitable evolution of rampant numbers of short legged Bali Dogs could be a future reality.
If this future vision becomes a future fact, its cuteness factor could be the short and simple key that unlocks a continuance for a canine that is battling to hold on by the skin of its paws.