Officially a Breed Apart

Bali’s Unique Kintamani Dog Get Kennel Club Accreditation

The Kintamani Breed of canine endemic to the Island of Bali has been officially recognized as an original Indonesian dog breed by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

As reported by, FCI informed the Indonesian Kennel Klub (IKK) of its decision that, in turn, also clears the way for stud books and genealogical trees to be created in connection with pure-blooded Kintamani Dogs.

The chairman of IKK, Benny Kwok Wie Sioe, during a meeting with Governor Wayan Koster on Saturday, April 13, 2019, said: “This recognition means that FCI has formally announced to the world that the Kintamani Breed is a specific canine breed originating in Indonesia.

The recognition of Kintamni Dogs is set forth in a letter sent by the executive director of FCI Yve De Clercq to IKK. That letter stated that during a general assembly of the FCI held on February 20, 2019, it was formally agreed to recognize the “Anjing Kintamani Bali” as a distinct breed. De Clercq also congratulated the IKK on the outstanding achievement of gaining official recognition of the Kintamani dog.

With the official recognition in hand, the Kintamani breed is entitled to participate in international dog shows and competitions. Birth and lineage certificates issued for Kintamani Dogs are also allowed to bear the logo of FCI.

Origin of Kintamani Dog

The origin of the Kintamani or Kintamani-Bali Dog will probably forever remain shrouded in myth and mystery. The Kintamani is a breed that has evolved unique characteristics with the best examples of the breed found in the mountainous Kintamani region of Bali.

Renowned as a “fiercely independent breed” that is highly temperamental, the Kintamani also displays great affection, gentleness, and loyalty towards its owners. While most dog breeds almost universally disdain heights and must be trained to navigated elevated areas, the Kintamani will quite readily walks along roof edges and sleep balanced on the top of a garden wall.

Highly territorial, they are appreciated as watchdogs, barking fiercely if a stranger enters the owner’s yard or if they hear a strange sound.

Speaking from his office after meeting with IKK chairman, Benny Kwok Wie Sioe, Governor Wayan Koster said he proudly accepted the recognition of the international canine community for the first dog endemic to Indonesia to be recognized as a distinct breed. “As a Balinese I am very proud for the international appreciation we received. This shows that the world acknowledges that Bali has a distinctive breed of dog of a high quality suitable to participate in prestigious dog show competitions on both a national and international level,” said the Governor.

“Our natural environment is fantastic. We have many endemic animal life of a high quality, such as the Bali Starling (Jalak Bali) and the Balinese bovine. We must preserve and protect these species to protect the uniqueness of the Balinese ecosystem while enhancing the competitiveness of the local economy.

International breeders eager to acquire a Kintamani Bali Dog as a pet may find that problematic due to the limited number of registered Kintamani dogs available for acquisition and current Provincial regulations forbidding the export of any dogs from Bali until the Island re-acquires its rabies-free status.

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