Pariah dog


Pariah dog

The term pariah dog is used to refer to feral dogs of a particular type, a subspecies of dog, and a purebred dog category or group.

The Sighthound & Pariah Group

The United Kennel Club (United States) recognizes purebred dogs bred for chasing large game in the Sighthound & Pariah Group. Included in this group are breeds of that are either of early origin or modern reconstructions of early breeds or types. The group includes the Afghan Hound, Azawakh, Basenji, Borzoi, Canaan Dog, Carolina Dog, Chart Polski (Polish Greyhound), Cirneco dell'Etna, Greyhound, Hungarian Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, New Guinea Singing Dog, Pharaoh Hound, Podengo, Portugueso, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Sloughi, Spanish Greyhound, Thai Ridgeback, Whippet, and Xoloitzcuintli. [cite web
url= http://www.ukcdogs.com/WebSite.nsf/WebPages/LrnBreedInfo
title= United Kennel Club: Breed information
accessmonthday= 04/22
accessyear= 2008
author= United Kennel Club
]

In place of "pariah" (pariah is derived from a Tamil word first used in English in 1613, to refer to the lowest level of the traditional Indian caste system; in English, it is used to mean "a social outcast" [cite web
url= http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pariah
title= pariah - definition of pariah
accessmonthday= 04/26
accessyear= 2008
work= TheFreeDictionary
publisher=
pages=
language=
doi=
archiveurl=
archivedate=
quote=
] ), some registries use the term "primitive" (primitive in the sense of "relating to an earliest or original stage or state" or "being little evolved from an early ancestral type" [cite web
url= http://www.answers.com/topic/primitive
title= primitive: Definition, Synonyms, More
accessmonthday= 04/26
accessyear= 2008
author= The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition
work= Dictionary
publisher= Houghton Mifflin Company
pages=
language=
doi=
archiveurl=
archivedate=
quote= adj. Not derived from something else; primary or basic.Of or relating to an earliest or original stage or state; primeval.Being little evolved from an early ancestral type.
] ) to refer to pariah-type dogs. The American Rare Breed Association, for example, places its Pariah-type dogs within a breed group designated "Spitz and Primitive." [ [http://www.arba.org American Rare Breed Association ] ]

Varieties of pariah-type feral or semi-wild dogs

Canis lupus dingo (Dingo, New Guinea Singing Dog) populations are found across Southeast Asia, primarily in Thailand and Australia, but also in Myanmar, Southeast China, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo, the Philippines and New Guinea, mostly near human villages. [Hintze, M. 2002. "Canis lupus dingo" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 22, 2008 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Canis_lupus_dingo.html] The New Guinea Singing Dog is recognized as a purebred breed by major registries.

Carolina Dog is a pariah-type feral dog found in the United States, which closely resembles the pariah-type feral dog of the deserts of the mid-east. Both the desert dog (known as the Canaan Dog) and Carolina Dog are recognized as purebred by major registries. [cite web
url= http://www.canismajor.com/dog/dingo.html
title= Dog owner's guide profile
accessmonthday= 04/22
accessyear= 2008
]

All strains of pariah dogs are at risk of losing their genetic uniqueness by interbreeding with purebred and mixed-breed strays. To insure against this, some strains of pariah dogs are becoming formally recognized, registered, and pedigreed breeds as their fanciers attempt to preserve the pure type.

Feral dogs of India

"Pariah dog" originally referred to the feral dog of India, also called pye dog, pi dog or primitive dog. Pariah-type feral dogs are typically medium-sized and have yellow to rust-colored coats. A 2004 Swedish study of mitochondrial DNA found that dogs ("Canis lupus dingo") in Southeast Asia are from southern China, not from India. [cite web
url= http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_9_113/ai_n6344055
title= Whence the dingo
accessmonthday= 05/15
accessyear= 2008
author= Stephan Reebs
date= Nov, 2004
work= Natural History Magazine, Inc.
publisher= American Museum of Natural History
quote=
] Indian dogs (Pariah dogs) are "C. l. familiaris".

The term used to be an epithet to the same extent that the word pariah could be used to denigrate as well as designate the lowest social caste of Indians, but is now used by kennel clubs with no negative judgment implied.All pariah dogs are feral, but not all feral dogs are pariah dogs in the genetic sense. Though they are outcasts in the social sense, and thus may still be called pariahs by observers who are not dog fanciers, feral dogs may be of any breed or mix of breeds. The individuals may be stray pets, or descended from strays, or from litters dumped in wild or rural areas by unscrupulous owners. They may form packs with other strays or attempt to join existing canid packs (such as a wolf pack).While pariah dogs are by definition feral, pariah-type dogs are not necessarily feral (wild dog populations which have not been re-domesticated), as well as recognized dog breeds with pariah dog heritage.

References

[http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/pariahdog.htm "Pariah Dog", Dog Breed Info Center, 12 Mar. 2008]

See also

*Canaan Dog
*New Guinea Singing Dog
*Dingo
*Carolina Dog

External links

* [http://www.canineworld.com/pads Primitive & Aboriginal Dog Society]
* [http://www.arba.org American Rare Breed Association]
* [http://www.ukcdogs.com United Kennel Club]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Pariah dog — Pariah Pa ri*ah, n. [From Tamil paraiyan, pl. paraiyar, one of the low caste, fr. parai a large drum, because they beat the drums at certain festivals.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of an aboriginal people of Southern India, regarded by the four castes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pariah dog — noun ownerless half wild mongrel dog common around Asian villages especially India • Syn: ↑pye dog, ↑pie dog • Hypernyms: ↑cur, ↑mongrel, ↑mutt * * * paˈriah dog 7 [pariah dog pariah dog …   Useful english dictionary

  • pariah dog — /pəˈraɪə dɒg/ (say puh ruyuh dog) noun a semi domesticated or feral dog common in villages throughout northern Africa and the Balkans eastwards to South East Asia. Also, pariah …   Australian English dictionary

  • pariah dog — n. (in Asia) pye dog, half wild wandering mongrel dog that has no owners and wanders in villages (particularly in India) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pariah dog — noun another term for pye dog …   English new terms dictionary

  • Pariah — Pa ri*ah, n. [From Tamil paraiyan, pl. paraiyar, one of the low caste, fr. parai a large drum, because they beat the drums at certain festivals.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of an aboriginal people of Southern India, regarded by the four castes of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pariah kite — Pariah Pa ri*ah, n. [From Tamil paraiyan, pl. paraiyar, one of the low caste, fr. parai a large drum, because they beat the drums at certain festivals.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of an aboriginal people of Southern India, regarded by the four castes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pariah — n. 1 a social outcast. 2 hist. a member of a low caste or of no caste in S. India. Phrases and idioms: pariah dog = PYE DOG. Etymology: Tamil paraiyar pl. of paraiyan hereditary drummer f. parai drum …   Useful english dictionary

  • pariah — /pəˈraɪə / (say puh ruyuh) noun 1. any person, organisation or nation generally despised; an outcast: *Richard … made the best of the situation in face of all these strangers, none of whom but eyed Mary as if she were a moral pariah. –henry… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Dog breed — For a list of dog breeds, see List of dog breeds. Chihuahua mix and purebred Great Dane Dog breeds are groups of closely related and visibly similar domestic dogs, which are all of the subspecies Canis lupus familiaris, having characteristic… …   Wikipedia