Telomian Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginMalaysia flagMalaysia
Other Names
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Anjing KampungMalaysian Dog
Breed Type
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Telomian Price and Availability

How much does the Telomian 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?
Unfortunately, we couldn't find the price of the Telomian. If you have a Telomian for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Telomian gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Telomian?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Telomian Size

What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
How much does the Telomian weigh? Telomian weight:
Male: 22–26 pounds (10–12 kg), Female: 18–22 pounds (8–10 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Telomian? Telomian average weight:
Male: 24 pounds (11 kg), Female: 20 pounds (9 kg)
How tall is the Telomian? Telomian height:
Male: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (41-46 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Telomian average height:
Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Telomian Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Telomian have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Telomian's coat?
How to groom the Telomian and how often?
Easy to groom: The Telomian doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Telomian is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Telomian dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Anjing Kampung?
Telomians are low shedders. 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Telomian need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Telomian every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Telomian Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Telomian have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Telomian? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Telomian is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Are Telomian dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Telomians are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Telomian is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Telomian sensitivity:
Telomians 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 by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Telomians are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Anjing Kampung need? Telomian social needs:
Telomians 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.
Do Telomian dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Anjing Kampung bark?
Average: The Telomian barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Telomian good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Telomians are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Telomian dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Telomian dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Telomians are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Telomian bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Anjing Kampung? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Telomian? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Telomian has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Telomian has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Telomian bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Telomian, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Telomian do?
Telomians 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 Telomians need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Telomian to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Telomian roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Telomian 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 Telomian have high prey drive?
Telomians have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Telomian dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Telomian good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Telomian breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Telomian indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Telomians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.

Telomian Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Telomian temperament with other people:
Telomians are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Telomian dogs get along with other pets? Are Telomian dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Telomians usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Telomian dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Telomian temperament with children:
Telomians are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Telomian dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Telomians are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Telomian good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Telomian dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Telomians are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Telomian can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Telomian breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Telomians are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Telomians good office dogs? Do Telomians make good office friendly dogs? Can Telomians be office dogs?
Telomian is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Telomian dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Anjing Kampung temperament with senior people? Are Telomian dogs good for elderly owners?
Telomians are usually recommended for elderly people.

Telomian Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Telomian dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Telomian is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Telomian breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Telomian see the vet?
The Telomian should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Telomian dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Telomian be? What is the age limit of the Telomian? How many years can the oldest Telomian live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Telomian: 13 years
Is the Telomian breed hypoallergenic?
Telomians 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 Telomian have? What is the activity level of the Telomian?
Telomians are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Telomian dogs require per day?
Telomians need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Telomians are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Telomian 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 / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Telomian risk for obesity:
Average: The Telomian has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Telomian's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Telomian 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 Telomian drool?
The Telomian 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.

Telomian As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Telomian be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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). Telomian is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Telomian be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Telomian be an emotional support animal?

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. Telomian is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Telomian be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Telomian is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Telomian be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Telomian is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Telomian be a boat dog?

Not really

Telomian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Telomian 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. Telomian is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Telomian dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Telomian Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Telomian: 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 Telomian have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Telomian Recognition

AKC Group
Is Telomian recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Telomian recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Telomian breed?
America's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.

Telomian Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Telomian is an excellent dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Telomian doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Telomians are low shedders.
  • Watchdog Ability: Telomians are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Telomians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Telomians are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Telomians are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Telomian is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Telomians are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Telomians are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Telomians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Telomian breed in the home.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Telomian is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Telomians are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

Telomian History

The Telomian dog is a primitive breed that finds its origins in the southeast parts of Asia, mostly in Malaysia. The exact ancestry of the breed is mostly unknown for the reason being that it is a rare and old breed, and there is not much documentation and records left about the breeding process and development of the breed.

The Telomian was initially bred by the Orang Asli, which is an indigenous ancient tribe native to Malaysia. These people were living in rural tribes and accounted for approximately 0,5% of all the Malaysian population. The tribe developed the Telomian in order to be a vermin and snake hunter, although the dogs had many more roles. The Orang Asli people used the breed to hunt fish and other kinds of games, sharing their bounty with them. The dogs also had to perform other duties, just like herding and guarding the property and its owners. One of the breed’s most notable features is their ability to climb up ladders into their homes, which were usually built on stilts. Moreover, the Telomian is internationally known for this ability.

The Telomian was not discovered by the outside world until the 1960s when an American anthropologist named, Dr. Orville Elliot found the breed and introduced it to the world. Dr. Elliot exported a few of the breed’s specimens to the United States and started to breed them there too. The first specimens in the United States were sent to be studied and examined in 1970 by the canine expert J. P. Scott. That is when the breed was given the name Telomian, after a local river called Telom. In 1973, another pair was imported to the country with breeding potential. In spite of that, the breeding pool remained extremely small, and there seems to be little interest for the breed outside of the Telomian’s native areas, in Asia. Consequently, the Telomian is considered to be a very rare breed, that most people never heard of. The fact that the breed is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs, which does not help the situation, nor the popularization of the Telomian. According to experts, unfortunately, it is unlikely for the breed to gain recognition in the near future. For the reason being that many presume that the Telomian is closely related both to the Dingo and to the Basenji, so they assume that the breed is not a purebred. On the other hand, some experts state that the Telomian is an ancestor for both of these breeds, but there is not much evidence that could back this theory up.

Nowadays, the Telomian is still in rarity outside of its native land. However, few of the breed’s specimens are employed as therapy dogs for adults. Moreover, the Telomian’s paws have adapted to the western world, and a few dogs are helping people with physical disabilities in their home in tasks such as opening doors and getting dressed. Others are simply kept as loyal and smart family pets.

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