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How Much is that Doggy on the Volcano?

Efforts are Underway to Earn International Recognition for Bali's Famed Kintamani Dogs.

(11/14/2009) If Bali's dog aficionados have their say, Bali's long-haired Kintamani breed from the cool mountain areas surrounding Lake Batur will soon become the first recognized breed of dog from Indonesia.

Professor Dr. I Nyoman Sadra Sharmawan of Bali's Udayana Veterinary Faculty told the national news agency Antara, "socialization efforts to make the Kintamani dogs the preferred pet of the people have been performed, despite the current epidemic of rabies."

Sadra says public awareness and support is needed to earn worldwide recognition for the Kintimani breed. Adding, local people in Bali must learn to care for and breed the Kintimani dogs.

A breed of dog that superficially resembles a Samoyed or Chow-Chow, the Kintamani can be white, black or brown in color. The breed is essentially fearless in its bearing, cautious and highly territorial. The dogs are intensely loyal to their owner or his family. They will typically mark their territory by digging the ground and will attack any outside dog violating their domain.

In 1994 the Indonesian Kennel Association officially acknowledged the Kintamani as a breed.