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Merge of Satos[edit]

This article about the free-ranging urban dogs in Puerto Rico should be merged here, it's better dealt with under this article rather than as a separate topic. Fences&Windows 02:20, 28 November 2009 (UTC)


Is probably the most famous stray. Which others are notable? Drutt (talk) 08:14, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Malchk from Moscow is quite well known. osm20Oldsingerman20 (talk) 21:09, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

We have an article at Malchik. Drutt (talk) 00:23, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Well written, but a sad story. osm2066.213.185.78 (talk) 23:20, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Nature and Scope of this article[edit]

This article is titled as if it were about free-ranging urban dogs in general, but if you read it it's clearly only about those of central Eurasia. Except someone recently stuck Latin America in the lead, which is true but there's nothing in the article about them. This whole article deserves a fundamental rethink. Chrisrus (talk) 03:36, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

New Lead[edit]

Feel free to edit:

Street dogs, known in scientific literature as free-ranging urban dogs or urban free-ranging dogs, are unconfined dogs that live in populated areas. They live virtually wherever there are cities and the local human population allows. Street dogs may be pets which have strayed from or simply allowed freedom by their owners, or may never have had an owner. Street dogs may be true mixed-breed dogs, a literal mix of purebred dogs, ancient unbred landraces such as the Indian pariah dog, more recently evolved naturally selected "breeds" such as the Sato.

Move to "Street dog"[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved per request. Favonian (talk) 08:58, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Free-ranging urban dogStreet dog – Move this to "Street dog" as per WP:COMMONNAME. Chrisrus (talk) 19:26, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

  • Support per WP:COMMONNAME. I doubt if most people would have heard the current term. •••Life of Riley (TC) 21:27, 7 July 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, it sounds like an attempt at a politically correct title. Heavens, we would not want to offend the sensibilities of these dogs by characterizing them as "street" dogs. •••Life of Riley (TC) 04:30, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
That's not the reason. The term Free ranging dog was invented as a technical term to avoid distinctions inherent between Stray dogs, which implies having strayed from their owner, feral dog, which means never having been socialized, wild dogs, which having been feral so long it's become a wild animal. Street dogs are like village dogs, which implies ignorance of streets and urban life, but both might be sort of "community owned" and cared for, and make the rounds from friendly place to friendly place and even be neighborhood-named. Street dogs are distinguished fron rural free ranging dogs in general, which includes viliage dogs and rural people's uncontained and stray pets and rural feral dogs. I gather the term "free ranging dog" was arrived at because for the purposes of ecological studies and such, it doesn't matter so much why the dog isn't contained. But "urban free-ranging dog" is synonymous with "street dog" and so, barring some important reason why not, WP:COMMONNAME should prevail.
If you intend your comments to imply support for the move, please indicate so by adding typing Support along with them. Thank you for your support; it doesn't matter to me how you arrived at that support; I'm just saying that isn't not a polically correct thing. Chrisrus (talk) 06:15, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
No, I did not intend to support the move but nor do I oppose it. I'm not versed in canine typology and don't care to research the topic. I suppose my view is only helpful in weighing of the issues of clarity or principle of least astonishment for a non-specialist reader. —  AjaxSmack  20:53, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
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Comment from Mcris31[edit]

I see no point in adding UK to the list, without any content. It seems to me it's a mock or prejudice Mcris31 (talk) 11:06, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

It would be perfectly reasonable to remove the section because it contains no information, but how is it a "mock" or "prejudice"? Are there no street dogs in the UK? Feel free to either remove the section or write an article about UK street dogs. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 17:27, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I have been there and they were none. Which country are you from and have you been in UK? For example in my home country Romanian capital Bucharest are 64000 free street dogs, you can't miss them :( Mcris31 (talk) 13:55, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Negative connotation throughout[edit]

This article is very negative throughout. Things such as the "Quality of life" section are filled with a casual tone, and use negative terms without anything to back them up. Other parts are unsourced, such as the "people are often bitten" in the Romania section. The India section is entirely unsourced and in my view might be counted entirely original research. Also, the section on Serbian street dogs claims the dogs are a serious problem, but doesn't back this up.- (talk) 18:22, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

So fix it. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 18:51, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
Unless the facts are wrong, it's better to find citations than to delete facts. I tried to do this with a NYT article for the Indian section. Chrisrus (talk) 23:16, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
I think, you can safely say "people are often bitten" if you can say there are many dogs and use "global middle" proportion between numbers (it is safer to say "High numbers of street dogs may be related to high numbers of people being bitten" though). Sincerely, (talk) 05:53, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Street dogs in Bangkok[edit]

Any reason why street dogs in Bangkok should be a separate article? I see that there are also articles on street dogs in Moscow and street dogs in Bucharest. I think the gist of these should be pulled out and integrated here. Otherwise we are going to end up with a hundred "Street dogs in [name of city]". Worse still, it might spur editors to start creating "Vagrant cats in ....." "Urban pigeons in ... Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 11:12, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Sounds like a reasonable suggestion to me. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 15:36, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
If there were enough sources published about, say for example, "Urban pigeons in Rome", there should be a separate article about them. Chrisrus (talk) 14:11, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

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