Photo: © Bart’s Sanctuary
The Telomian served to protect the villages of the Orang Asli against various kinds of vermin, for instance rats or snakes. The Orange Asli was a native folk of Peninsular Malaysia. They used to build their huts on stilts in order to escape the attacks of such vicious creatures as snakes, scorpions, poisonous insects and such, which crawl on the ground. As their pet, the dog has acquired a peculiar capability to climb using wooden ladders so that it can get to its master’s hut.
The Telomian got its name in honour of the Sungai Telom valley in Pahagan where the breed has been detected for the first time by westerners. In 1963 the breed has finally found its way to America but up till now its population there seems not to grow. The Telomian isn’t recognised by any reputable kennel club.
When properly socialised the Telomian is ok with strangers. Most of the specimens are really sociable and make friends with new acquaintances momentarily. Nonetheless, the Telomian never losses watchfulness and will become a remarkable guard dog.
This breed will get along with family cat as well as other little home pets on the assumption that they live together from the puppyhood. Unfamiliar cats and other animals can present a too strong temptation to resist a chase so the usage of the leash is highly recommended for this breed.
Early socialization will also help to avoid problems with other dogs but the competitiveness and male aggression are not so sharply manifested in the Telomian as in other hunting breeds.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• patellar luxation;
• chronic ear infection;
• eye problems;
• gastric torsion.
Other plus is that the dog tends to shed from light to medium. Of course, common procedures of care as ears check, nail trimming and teeth brushing should be performed systematically and diligently.
The trainer should form respectful and steady relationships with the dog. It isn’t responsive to critics and for the best results should be trained with positive encouragement and food incentives.
The Telomian should be exposed to different unknown situations and surroundings in order to become full-fledged and well-mannered member of society. Unlike with other breeds, the socialisation is advisable to begin as early as from four to five weeks.
The dog is an avid digger so the moment you lose sight of it the Telomian can dig out a tunnel under the fence and escape. Therefore it is important that the dog is provided with spacious but safely secured area to enjoy a free run.