Forget scholarly articles or the study of canines, academically referred to as Cynology. The Bali Dog is one tough beast with a damn impressive lineage. What came first is frankly irrelevant now. It’s highly unlikely that hordes of professorial peeps are going to step into the fray and protect a dog that has Chinese Chow Chow, Japanese Akita and Australian Dingo fused in its DNA. It’s very highly probable that millions of tourists are not going to blockade the Island and refuse to holiday on paradise over this unique fur covered icon of Balinese Culture. It’s a complete sure bet that the Bali Dog cannot save itself, its survival against the invasion(s) surrounding it are insurmountable.
Already the literal shape of the Bali Dog is physically changing. Apart from crossbreed versions of all sorts, there are a growing number of short legged bearded types emerging. Unlike its more privileged relatives who have gained breed status and protection, Bali Street Dogs have been incrementally relegated to untouchable status.
So for purely historical purpose and before they do deviate and in effect disappear from the way they looked for thousands of years. Take a very close look at where this incredible canine came from. Consider how its amazing nature has developed in keeping with Balinese Cultural Traditions. Observe how its variations in shape form and colour span thousands of Asian miles and its vast surface area. The incredible Dingo, majestic Akita and powerful Chow Chow, all align with the short haired Bali Street Dog.
Did those canines in fact originate from the beaten eaten and maligned Bali Dog? Do they owe their existence to the island dog and its resilient gene pool? It really doesn’t matter, except in the pages of scientific literature. What really matters is to continue to be impressed at yet another endangered species, to take a look and spend some time. To be in awe, at what can be unscientifically regarded as one dog, with the lot, and then some.