Meet the Kintamani Bali Dog

Updated: Jan 18

Some background on these beautiful dogs.



Meet the Kintamani, a breed native to Bali Island’s Kintamani region. This spitz-type dog is popular in Indonesia, but hardly known outside the country. Legend says that the breed descended from a Chow Chow some 600 years ago, while DNA studies show that the Kintamani evolved from Balinese feral dogs long ago with little loss of genetic diversity (in fact, the Kintamani dog is identical to the Bali street dog in all but three loci – the specific location or position of a gene’s DNA sequence). Cynologists believe that the breed’s origins can be found in both legend and science: Sometime between the 12th and the 16th century, a Chinese trader named, “Lee” settled in Northern Bali with his Chow Chow which then got friendly. Article taken from here


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