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Polynesian Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Polynesian Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginPolynesia
Other Names
What other names does the Polynesian Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Peropero, New Zealand Indigenous Dog, New Zealand Native Dog, Kuri, Maori Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Polynesian Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Polynesian Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Polynesian Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Polynesian Dog price:
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Polynesian Dog is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.

History

The Polynesian Dog refers to a few extinct varieties of domesticated dogs from the islands of Polynesia. These dogs were used for both companionship and food and were introduced alongside poultry and pigs to various islands. Unfortunately, they became extinct because of the cross-breeding that happened after other breeds of dogs were introduced. There are several historians who done modern studies on the DNA of the Polynesian dogs that indicate that they are descended from the domesticated dogs of Southeast Asia and may have shared a remote ancestor with the Dingo.

In the past, descriptions of the Polynesian dogs have been found, and among them, one came from Lieutenant – ant King who lived during the 18th century. The King’s journal was used to complete several historians’ expeditions. The King wrote; “The dogs are of the same species with those of Otaheite, having short crooked legs, long backs, and pricked ear.”

Moreover, these dogs were a very important part of the Polynesian narrative as they were associated with the legends of the demigod Maui. According to this legend, Maui transformed his brother in law into the breed which explained the human characteristics of the dogs. The Maori name for the Polynesian dog was Kuri and it was introduced to New Zealand by the Polynesian ancestors of the Maori during their migration from East Polynesia in the 13th century AD. They were bushy-tailed with short legs and a strong body. Their coat color ranged from yellowish-brown to black, white, or spotted. According to researchers, some European explorers described them as lazy as they were said to rarely bark but would howl occasionally.

Furthermore, it is unknown when and how they went extinct but it is said that it happened around the 18th century. Some sources suggest that the dogs’ skins were used for cloaks and their bones were made into fish hooks and necklaces and the dog’s hair was tied onto weapons to distract an enemy as the weapon was moved. Apparently, the famous English explorer, James Cook, said that it tasted as good as a lamb.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Polynesian Dog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Polynesian Dog weigh? Polynesian Dog weight:
10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Polynesian Dog? Polynesian Dog average weight:
17.5 pounds (8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Polynesian Dog? Polynesian Dog height:
8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Polynesian Dog average height:
11.5 inches (29 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Polynesian Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Weather-resistant
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Polynesian Dog's coat?
WhiteBlackLight Cream
Grooming
How to groom the Polynesian Dog and how often?
Average: The Polynesian Dog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Polynesian Dog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Polynesian Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Peropero? Polynesian Dog shedding level:
Polynesian Dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Polynesian Dog breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Polynesian Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
HuntingLazy
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Polynesian Dog? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Polynesian Dog obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Polynesian Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Polynesian Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Polynesian Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Polynesian Dog sensitivity:
Polynesian Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Polynesian Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Peropero need? Polynesian Dog social needs:
Polynesian Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Polynesian Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my New Zealand Indigenous Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Polynesian Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Polynesian Dog good as a watchdog?
Polynesian Dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Polynesian Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Polynesian Dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Polynesian Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Peropero? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Polynesian Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The Polynesian Dog has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Polynesian Dog do?
Polynesian Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Polynesian Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Polynesian Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Polynesian Dog roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Polynesian Dog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Polynesian Dog have high prey drive?
Polynesian Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Polynesian Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Polynesian Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Polynesian Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Polynesian Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Polynesian Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Polynesian Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Polynesian Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Polynesian Dog and children:
Polynesian Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Polynesian Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Polynesian Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Polynesian Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Polynesian Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Polynesian Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Polynesian Dogs good office dogs? Do Polynesian Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Polynesian Dogs be office dogs?
No
Polynesian Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Polynesian Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Peropero temperament with senior people? Are Polynesian Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Polynesian Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Polynesian Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Polynesian Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Polynesian Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Polynesian Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Polynesian Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Polynesian Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Polynesian Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Polynesian Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Polynesian Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Polynesian Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Polynesian Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Polynesian Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Polynesian Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Polynesian Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Polynesian Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Polynesian Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Polynesian Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Polynesian Dog dogs have health problems?
The Polynesian Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Polynesian Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Polynesian Dog be?
They were usually eaten before they died of a natural death.
Hypoallergenic
Is the Polynesian Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Polynesian Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Polynesian Dog have?
Polynesian Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Polynesian Dog dogs require per day?
Polynesian Dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Polynesian Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Polynesian Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Polynesian Dog risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Polynesian Dog's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Polynesian Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Polynesian Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Polynesian Dog drool?
The Polynesian Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Polynesian Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Polynesian Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Polynesian Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Polynesian Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Polynesian Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Polynesian Dog

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Polynesian Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Polynesian Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Polynesian Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Polynesian Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Polynesian Dogs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Polynesian Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Polynesian Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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