An Indian pariah dog

Pye-dog, or sometimes pariah dog, is a term used to describe an ownerless, half-wild, free-ranging dog that lives in or close to human settlements throughout Asia. The term is derived from the Sanskrit para, which translates to "outsider".[1][2][3][4]

The United Kennel Club uses the term pariah dog to classify various breeds in a sighthound and pariah group.[5]


See also


  1. ^ Dawkins, Richard (2009). The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. London: Bantum Press. p. 71. ISBN 9781409085874.
  2. ^ "pye-dog". Chambers Dictionary. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ "pye-dog". Collins English Dictionary. Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers. 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  4. ^ Oxford University Press (2020). "pye-dog". Archived from the original on December 29, 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Breed Group Designations". United Kennel Club. Retrieved 24 December 2019.