If you’re a dog lover who happens to be in Bali, then you’re in for a treat. Roaming the streets of Bali and blending seamlessly well with the tourists are the beloved furry friends of man. It’s believed that dogs have been running freely in Bali for thousands of years.
While they may seem to wander around without a collar or owner in sight, these four-legged lovely creatures are far from the “stray” label. Conventional context of ownership doesn’t seem to apply to these street dogs, but in fact each dog always belongs to certain master(s), a family or kampung ( village). And yes, these dogs are often noted in attendance and will be missed or even sought after upon disappearance.
Just like all dogs everywhere, they are intelligent, highly loyal and wonderful. They too work as guards to certain areas or banjars, chasing away intruders - both physical and spiritual.
The long breed of Bali dogs are said to be a mix of Australian descendants such as Dingo, Chow Chow and Akita. As for the native genetics, Kintaman is the proper term to address a genuine Bali dog.
If you’re not fond of dogs, fret not! They are far from harmless and usually just mind their own business without a single care in the world. Regarded as one of Bali’s trademark and heritage, they can certainly use some extra loving and attention from fellow tourists like you!