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Kintamani-Bali Dog

The national breed of Indonesia


The Kintamani-Bali dog is a breed of that developed naturally in Bali. The extremely light-footed feral Kintamani-Bali dogs are often 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 many fanciers believe that infusions of other breeds may have taken place in the distant past. The breeds most often cited as the Kintamani-Bali’s ancestors are the Malamute, the Samoyed, and Chow breed dogs. Many of these 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-Bali 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 in Bali. 

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Anjing Kintamani-Bali Dog, Balinese Mountain Dog, Balinese Kintamani, Balinese Dog, Bali-Berghund


The Kintamani-Bali Dog is a relatively “new” breed so there is still much that needs to be discovered and documented but what we do know now is that these dogs are affectionate, lovable, alert, and active. This medium sized (but on the smaller side) dogs have a friendly and lively temperament towards humans but are known to be somewhat territorial towards other dogs, particularly those that encroach on their perceived territory. 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. They are intelligent and resourceful enough to easily train but they are also independently 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 garden, as they can easily climb over most fences. If the Kintamani-Bali dog gets the appropriate training and socialising from a young age, they can prove to be a very excellent friend for children.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

COUNTRY OF ORIGINIndonesia, Bali Province
TEMPERAMENTLoyal, Intelligent, Alert
EXERCISE NEEDED1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE49-57 cm / 19-22 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE44-52 cm / 17-20 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEMedium Length, Double Coat


  • It is Indonesia’s one and only breed that has international recognition.
  • Their coats are more commonly white but also can be black, brindle and fawn.
  • Although the Kintamani-Bali 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 garden.
  • This breed is known to be great swimmers owing to their great love for water.
  • The Chairman of the National Narcotics Board Republic of Indonesia (BNN) has decided to train Kintamani-Bali Dogs along with Beagles as sniffer dogs because their smaller stature gives them access to narrow areas with ease.


Currently only the FCI (World Canine Organisation) has registered this breed, let’s hope more kennel clubs embrace this handsome dog.


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