Kintamani

29-33 lbs
16-20"
Bali

The Kintamani is an ancient breed of landrace dog that developed on the streets of Bali. Many of these dogs remain feral but they tend to be quite amicable towards humans and are often brought into the home as family pets and as watchdogs. They are extremely territorial and don’t generally get along with other dogs or other animals, but they are also extremely devoted and can display intense loyalty towards their chosen owner. While these dogs make excellent watchdogs, they are often too vocal and energetic to make appropriate roommates in a small home or apartment type setting. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Unknown

Kintamani Health

Average Size
Male Kintamani size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 33-37 lbs
Female Kintamani size stats
Height: 16-20 inches Weight: 29-33 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Skin Cytology Sample

Kintamani Breed History

The Kintamani dog is a small to medium landrace breed of dog that developed naturally in Bali, rather than being designed with human needs in mind as the dogs in the area bred amongst themselves, eventually breeding out into two separate regional breeds; the Kintamani dog and the Bali dog. The extremely light-footed feral Kintamani dogs are frequently seen in and around Bali and they are frequently taken in as pets as well. According to recent DNA studies these dogs have evolved from feral dogs in Bali with very little change and very little loss of genetic diversity, but may fanciers believe that infusions of other breeds may have taken place in the distant past. The breeds most often cited as the Kintamani’s ancestors are the Malamute, the Samoyed, and Chow breed dogs. Many of the Kintamani dogs still live feral lives in Bali, either on the streets or in the nearby caves, and there are still frequent breedings between these dogs and Bali’s other native dog, the shorter-haired Bali dog. In the year 2006, the breed gained recognition in Bali itself under the heading “distinct dog breed,” but as the number of Kintamani breed dogs in the area began to decline, dropping from 600,000 to 150,000 due to a rabies outbreak in 2008, fanciers of this ancient breed began efforts to ensure that they remained a viable breed. It is believed that the current population of these clever and resourceful animals is around 12,000 dogs in and around the Bangli Regency. 

Kintamani Breed Appearance

The Kintamani dog is a small-to-medium sized spitz-type dog with a naturally elegant appearance. They are typically less than two feet tall at the shoulder, and they are slightly longer than they are tall in most cases. They have strong necks, broad chests, and thickly plumed tails as well as have broad but balanced skulls that have a bit of a triangular shape to them and muzzles that are broad and deep, ending in a nose that is either black or dark brown in color. Their almond-shaped eyes come in any shade of brown and their medium-sized, triangular ears are set high up on the head and stand upright. The rims of the eyes and the lips of the Kintamani dog are typically more darkly pigmented than in some other dog breeds, and they frequently have natural spots of brown or blue inside their mouth. They have thick, double layer coats that come in white, beige, brown, and black. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Kintamani eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Kintamani nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Kintamani coat
Black
pied Kintamani coat
Pied
white Kintamani coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Kintamani straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Kintamani Breed Maintenance

While the thick coat this dog has may appear daunting at first, it is not overly difficult to care for. This dog should only need bathing on an occasional basis, but it is important to brush this type of dog out before you get them wet in the tub, as water can cause tangles and mats to shrink and tighten as the coat dries. They should normally be brushed at least once or twice a week in order to prevent tangles from turning into large, uncomfortable mats, but during the change of season, this dog sheds the majority of its undercoat, and they may require brushing on a daily basis. 

Brushes for Kintamani
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Kintamani requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Kintamani Temperament

These dogs generally have a rather amicable temperament towards humans but are known to be somewhat territorial towards other dogs. Even feral dogs that are brought in off of the streets in Indonesia have been known to easily integrate into life as a household pet.  They are alert and curious and they are more than happy to alert you if something has entered the territory, making them excellent guard dogs, but they do tend to be rather aggressive towards other dogs, particularly those that encroach on their perceived territory. They are intelligent and resourceful enough to easily train but they are also independantly minded, and this can make training a bit more challenging. They have a moderately strong prey drive and may be prone to chasing cats and other small animals. These dogs are particularly adept at climbing and should not be left to their own devices, even in what may appear to be a securely fenced yard, as they can easily climb over most fences.

Kintamani Activity Requirements

These dogs were not bred as working animals and they tend to be fairly easy to care for when it comes to their exercise routine. They are often quite happy with just two or three short walks per day, particularly when interspersed with a few longer rounds of more vigorous activity throughout the week, such as swimming or even climbing, activities these dogs are particularly skilled at. While the Kintamani is small enough to live in an apartment type setting, they are generally too energetic and vocal to make good roommates and they prefer a larger home with a yard. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Kintamani Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Kintamani Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Kintamani size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 26 lbs
Female Kintamani size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 23 lbs
12 Months
Male Kintamani size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Kintamani size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 31 lbs
18 Months
Male Kintamani size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Kintamani size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 31 lbs

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