The Kintamani is an Indonesian breed native to Bali. The breed most likely evolved from Balinese feral dogs and other Asian breeds. It is possible that the breed began around 600 years ago with a Chow Chow, but this is yet to be proven.
The Kintamani stands 16 to 22 inches high and has a broad face, flat forehead and flat cheeks. The Kintamani also has erect ears and almond-shaped brown eyes. The coat of the Kintamani is usually white with apricot-tipped ears, but black and beige are possible coat colors. The breed’s tail curls over its back, and its features are reminiscent of a Samoyed-Malamute mix.
The breed is very independent, as it is typically a street dog which is only recently becoming a popular pet. The Kintamani in the wild often lives in a cave or nests its young in a hole. Unlike typical village dogs of the area, the Kintamani can be tamed. The breed is gentle around people, especially those that care for it, but is assertive around strangers, making it an excellent watchdog. The breed has several strange behaviors, such as being inclined to enjoy heights. A Kintamani can often be seen on a rooftop or a high wall.