If you know, Bali has an endemic dog, it’s call Kintamani. It is a spitz dog breed from the island of Bali. These friendly, medium-sized dogs with erect ears and long fur are popular pets in Indonesia. The Kintamani was taken from named Balinese town of Kintamani. Kintamani dogs can be found in Sukawana, Kintamani, Bali.
Several stories exist to explain the origin of the Kintamani dog. One story has the breed originating 600 years ago from a Chinese Chow Chow. According to another story the Kintamani dog descends from a fox-wolf-dog cross. DNA studies involving Kintamani dogs, Bali street dogs, Australian dingoes, and nine AKC-breeds of Asian or European origin show that the Kintamani dog has evolved from Balinese feral dogs with little loss of genetic diversity.
Kintamani is a mid-sized spitz-type dog with a thick, long, dense fur, erect ears and a feathery tail curled over the back. The long coat forms a frill along the shoulders. The preferred coat color is white with a white red shade on the top of the coat and apricot ears, tail and hindquarters. Black also occurs, as well as other solid colors and other colors patterns, such as black and tan and white-gold-and-black. A special Kintamani dog is belang bungkem (black-and-white). However, these parti-colored dogs are probably genetically closer to the Bali street dog. Kintamani are 40 – 55 cm tall.
The Kintamani dog is a friendly pet dog and alert guard dog. This Dog is active and lively, smart and highly trainable, have an alert and high curious characteristic. If living in close relationship with their owner they are very loyal dogs and love their owner. They have unique way when they will give birth, they will make a hole in the ground for protect their child. This is the best animal that Bali had.