The Fan Hitch Volume 13, Number 1, December 2010

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
In This Issue....

From the Editor: Living in the Moment

Breed, Landrace and  Purity:
what do they mean?

In the News

QTC Update: final report

Veterinary Service Plans for the Eastern Canadian Arctic

Piksuk Media Projects

CAAT Welcomed Back to Baker Lake

Join the Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International

Media Review: People of the Seal, Part 2

IMHO: Relationships and Inclusion

Navigating This Site
Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

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Join the Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International

Issues and challenges which traditional Inuit Dogs and their owners face are not unlike those affecting primitive aboriginal dogs and their supporters found all over the world. The Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society (PADS) International serves as an advocate for these special dogs. PADS Journal is, like The Fan Hitch is for the Inuit Dog, the organization's principle means of communication and keeps primitive aboriginal dog enthusiasts everywhere connected and enlightened. Be it AfriCanis, INDog, Tazi, Dingo, Ovcharka, Inuit Dog or any of the other primitive aboriginal dog, their devotees have something in common and much to share and learn from each other. Please consider becoming a member of the Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International.

A Nanai hunter with his Amur Laikas (Amur River Basin in Siberia).
According to Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International Curator,
Dr. Vladimir Beregovoy, “Unfortunately all dogs of this kind were
shot by order of Soviet authorities. They thought they had enough dogs.
It was a great hunting and sled pulling dog. I think the same kind of
dogs must be on the Chinese side south from the Amur River.
The population on the Russian side could be easily restored.”
                                      Photo from the album of K.G. Abramov.

About the Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International

For the purpose of information exchange and unification of efforts of aboriginal dogs lovers worldwide, in 1999, Janice Koler-Matznik, in Oregon, USA, created the Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society (PADS). Janice has her favorite aboriginal breed: the New Guinea Singing Dog. Together with Professor Lehr Brisbin, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, USA, she is working on the project for preservation of the New Guinea Singing Dog in New Guinea.

The Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International, based in Russia and USA, emphasizes preservation of all kinds of aboriginal dogs worldwide. Some of these dogs have disappeared, but still may be discovered and restored. Aboriginal dogs are an important part of the cultural heritage of local people. Also, they are uniquely valuable gene pools of dogs, which may be used in the future for improvement of existing genetically ailing working pure (cultured) breeds or the development new breeds. Studies of aboriginal dogs can shed new light on the histories of migrations and of certain groups of people. 

PADS International facilitates the opportunity to communicate, exchange information and share personal experiences regarding primitive aboriginal dogs. Please, note that aboriginal dogs include a wide range of special purposes, such as sledding, herding, sheep guarding and personal protection and hunting small and big game. Remarkable sight hounds, such as the Tazy, the Taigan and the Bakhmul are also included in our list.

Our primary exchange of information is achieved through the PADS International Journal, issued quarterly, or more often, when we have enough articles. Articles published are not necessarily written by PADS members. The first issue was published in April 2004, under the name Newsletter, which we have since changed to Journal in 2010. We will open a PADS International website where an electronic version of the Journal will be published. An internet forum will be also available. PADS International invites you to join us. Our application for membership is available for download here.

Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International

Dear Aboriginal Dog Enthusiast,

We would like to invite you to join the Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International (PADS International).

PADS International is an organization concerned with the preservation of primitive aboriginal dogs. Its major purpose is to facilitate the communication between people with common interests in dogs, research, discovery and preservation of primitive aboriginal dogs worldwide.

There are many primitive aboriginal dogs in many parts of the world. At present, some of them have become split into two populations: those kept by people without registry and a purebred population. There are a few primitive aboriginal dogs living only with native people unregistered and many of them have become nearly extinct. One major goal is the preservation of primitive aboriginal dogs and the education of the dog loving public about the special value of primitive aboriginal dogs.


Vladimir Beregovoy
Curator, Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International
1507 Mountain Valley Road
 Buchanan, Virginia 24066, USA

Marina Kuzina
Secretary, Primitive Aboriginal Dog Society International
115407, Russia, Moscow, Zatonnaya st., 2-1-112

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