Global Dog Breeds



Orang Asli, inhabitants of Malaysia, bred Telomians as hunting dogs. These dogs were very effective in controlling and keeping away the vermins and other household pests which can possess a threat to their habitat. African Basenji and Australian Dingo are thought to be its close cousins, and some cynologists believe that these dogs are the missing link between them. An anthropologist discovered and initiated this breed to the west in 1963 and named them “Telomian.” He called the dog after the river Telom because he spotted the dog for the first time in near the river. Telomian Dog Club formed in the year 1970 when a pair of these dogs migrated to the US. In 1973 the second pair was brought, and these dogs are said to be the descendants of these two pairs which were bred successfully and domesticated in the US.


Interesting Facts

If the master doesn’t feed the dog in time, these dogs catch small preys and eat them.

Like other singing dogs, this dog also has an estrus cycle which peaks annually in September and October.

Facts About Telomian
Breed Group Purebred
Breed Type Watchdog, Guard dog, Working Dog
Country of Origin Domesticated in the U.S.A(Native of Malaysia)
Other Names N.A
Size & Height Medium

15-19 inches

Weight 18 to 28 Lbs
Competitive Registration / Qualification Information DRA, APRI
Shedding Low
Hypoallergenic No
Litter Size N.A
Color Any shade of sable and white is also seen along with a black mask; Common shades include black and white; tan and white
Life Expectancy 12-14
Coat Smooth and Short
Price N.A

Temperament & Personality

These dogs are brilliant because they have the prey hunting instincts in them. They are alert breeds with a strong intuition of sensing danger and informing their family for the same, which makes it an ideal watch dog. They are not excessive barkers, but growls and howls when they sense any danger like its cousins, Basenji and New Guinea Singing. Telomians possess excellent climbing skills due to their last living conditions where they had to use ladders to reach homes as they were built on stilts to acquire protection from insects and wild animals.

Due to their climbing skills, they have an excellent paw control and can hold toys, food and open doors with great ability. They make amusing faces especially when they plead for a treat. They bred in wild areas and might stay indifferent to adapt the human world if not socialized at an early stage. However, when they learn to mingle with people and other pets, they appear to be the best pet. These dogs are perfect companions, they display obedience, loyalty and the ability to please its owner in all the ways it can. This becomes a perfect playmates for children, their playful, energetic nature contributes to this quality. They can quickly adapt to any environments.




Telomians are highly energetic and require massive activity level every day. Apartments dogs will need minimum to long walks and playtime in a dog’s park. The dogs which have a fenced yard can play around games like catching, ball fetching and many more. When they are indoors, they should be kept busy with interactive toys which will provide mental stimulation. Inadequate exercise routines will allow the dog to develop destructive behaviors.



It is a low maintenance dog and requires brushing once a week. The best brush for this dog is bristle brush, it helps to remove the dead loose hair and keep its coat dirt free and shiny. The dog will need bathing when it is exceptionally filthy or develops a bad odor. Excess bathing and harsh shampoo will remove the essential oils from the skin and form skin rashes and itchy skin. When the dog requires a bath use a mild shampoo recommended by the veteran to keep its coat healthy. Nails will need trimming every week or when they overgrow to prevent scratches. Ears will need regular checkups to bar wax collection and painful ear infections. Additionally, they will need a proper dental plan which will include in-depth cleaning and routine brushing to assure it has healthy gums and teeth.

Health Problems

It is a rare breed, and not much information is known about its health problems they might suffer from few diseases or might be considered as a healthy breed.



They are easy to train as they have sharp minds, eagerness to please their trainer and obedient nature.

Socializing them from early days is very crucial to develop a friendly behavior. Visiting dog parks, public places like bus stops, roads will help the dog to meet new people and pets, and the dog will find it very easy to mingle with other pets.

Before taking the dog out, it is crucial to give the dog leash training. The dog likes to play and associate its leash training with its play schedule. It will enjoy, and at the same time, the dog will get used to a strap. Positive training methods like praises, gifts, hugs will make the dog learn things very quickly. These are intelligent dogs and ill pick up commands very quickly.  Additionally, they can use their paws very brilliantly and are excellent climbers and teach those tricks will be very easy.


It is an energetic dog and requires a healthy diet to keep up with its energy level. Homemade food or commercial dry dog food 2 cups will be sufficient for the dog.


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