18-28 lbs
Anjing Kampung, Village Dog, Malaysian Telomian

The Telomian is a very rare purebred dog and is the only dog breed native to Malaysia that has been bred outside of the country. They were originally bred by the indigenous people of Malaysia to control pests such as snakes, rats, mice and other small jungle animals. The Telomian strongly resembles the Basenji but has a different temperament. He is an athletic dog and is not as domesticated as most other dog breeds. He descends from feral dogs such as dingoes; therefore, he does not necessarily make the best family companion. He does require early socialization with people and other dogs. He is not recommended for families with small children.

purpose Purpose
Hunt vermin
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry

Telomian Health

Average Size
Male Telomian size stats
Height: 15-19 inches Weight: 18-28 lbs
Female Telomian size stats
Height: 15-19 inches Weight: 18-28 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Occasional Tests
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian

Telomian Breed History

The Telomian was bred by the Orang Asli to hunt and control small rodents, snakes and other vermin in the Malaysian jungles. It was the job of the Telomian to go into the house before his owners and search out any rodents, snakes or other vermin that may be present. The natives of Malaysia were constantly concerned about small vermin and snakes since the jungles were the perfect place for such creatures. The Orang Asli would build their huts off about six feet off the ground. The Telomian had to adapt to climbing rickety ladders into these huts. He developed extraordinary paw control and this trait is still common in the breed today. The Telomian is known for having the ability to open doors with their paws or even hold food and toys in their paws. The breed was not discovered by outsiders until 1963 when Dr. Orville Elliot discovered these dogs near the Telom River. The breed is named after this river. Dr. Elliot imported a pair of Telomians into the United States. In 1973 a second pair of Telomians was imported into the United States. Many believe that all of the Telomians within the United States that have not been directly imported descended from these original two pairs. He is still the first and the only Malaysian breed that has been bred outside of Malaysia. There is still too few of these dogs in the United States to qualify for official recognition by the American Kennel Club.

Telomian Breed Appearance

The Telomian has a smooth coat that is short. He has a blue or black tongue, similar to the Chow Chow. His most common colors are tan and white, black and white or any form of sable and white. He can have a black mask on his face. Most people seem to favor the Telomians that have less white and more color. He is small to medium sized and very athletic. He stands between 15 and 19 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh between 18 and 28 pounds. Since the Telomian is such a rare breed, there has not been a true breed standard developed. There are not enough dogs within this breed to set a true-type and therefore their overall look can vary. He should resemble a Basenji in head shape and alertness, but that is where the similarities should stop as the Telomian is a distinctly separate breed.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Telomian eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Telomian nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Telomian coat
black Telomian coat
sable Telomian coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Telomian straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Telomian Breed Maintenance

The Telomian is a low maintenance dog. He requires a once a week brushing with a natural bristle brush to remove any loose or dead hair and keep his coat shiny and clean. Generally he only needs bathed when he develops a smell or gets dirty. Do not over bathe the Telomian or use harsh shampoos, this can cause the oils on his skin to be stripped away. When the oils are stripped away he can develop dry, itchy skin. Use a mild shampoo when he requires a bath. Since he was originally bred in the Malaysian jungles, he is most comfortable when his habitat has a similar climate, generally between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. He is an adaptable breed and can thrive in cooler climates as long as his family provides plenty of protection against the elements. Trim his nails as needed, usually every two to three weeks. Check his ears once a week and clean as needed. Also establish a dental plan that includes routine brushing and deep cleaning to ensure he has healthy gums and teeth.

Brushes for Telomian
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Telomian requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Telomian Temperament

The Telomian is an extremely intelligent dog. He does have a high prey drive and loves running. Games that require he use his intelligence and prowess are especially fun for him. He also enjoys interactive games or toys that make him think. It is best to remember that the Telomian is not as domesticated as most dogs, therefore, he does require intensive training and socialization from a young age. He is not recommended for families with small children but can do well with older children who respect him and can properly exert their authority over him. The Telomian makes a very unique sound instead of a bark. He will make a howling sound that is similar to the Basenji or the New Guinea Singing Dog. This does not mean he cannot learn to bark if he grows up with other dogs who do bark. If he is an only dog, he will not learn how to bark in the normal sense.

Telomian Owner Experiences

16 Months
4 People
House & Yard
picky with dry pellets for her
plenty of belly rubs
she loves being chased to retrieve an item
She is adorable. Though sometimes difficult to train. Restless..afraid of loud sounds thunder lightning. Dominant n territorial. Loves a good run in the park chasing birds. BTW she is a rescue pup. we got her at 3 weeks..i dont believe she knows she is a dog..she thinks she one of us :)
2 years, 3 months ago
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