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 that posed to be threats 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 it for the first time 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.
If the master doesn’t feed the dog on 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.
Temperament & Personality
These dogs are brilliant as watchdogs because of their hunting instincts. They are alert breeds with a strong intuition of sensing danger and informing their family for the same making them an ideal watchdog. 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 original 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 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. Telomians were bred in wild areas and might stay indifferent to adapt to 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. Moreover, they can be perfect playmates for children due to their playful, energetic nature. Telomian can also quickly adapt to any environments.