Love my Bali Dog, Love my Kintamani
Efforts Underway to Have Bali's Kintamani Dogs Recognized as an Official Breed.
Bangli Regency officials are actively joining efforts by the Indonesian Cynologique Association (PERKIN) to have the unique long-haired breed of dogs found in Bali's hills near Kintamani accepted as an official and separate breed of canine.
Roughly resembling a Chinese Chow Chow, the Kintamani is indigenous to the Kintamani region of Bali. Lovingly loyal when reared by an attentive owner, the Kintamani is becoming an increasingly popular breed abroad for their high intelligence and suitability as watch dogs.
Indonesian dog fanciers and Bangli officials are lobbying hard to have the Kintamai registered by the Federation Cynologique Internationale as a recognized breed. Recent genetic testing have identified close markers shared by the Kintamani with the Bali Street Dog, the Australian Dingo and an American Kennel Club breed of Asian dog.
To help promote the Kintamani's international reputation annual competitions are held in Bangli to encourage careful development of the breed. In a recent press interview the Head of the Bangli Regency, Armawa, said he hope the eventual official recognition of the Kintamani breed would pave the way for the dogs to become a major export product from his regency, eventually rivaling Kintamani's trademark coffee and oranges exported from that cool hillside area of Bali.
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