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Size: Medium

Weight: 18 - 28 lbs.

Height: 15" - 19"

Life Span: 15 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Malaysia

Group: Companion / Hunting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

This very energetic breed needs plenty of space and is difficult to confine. The Telomian loves to play, run and climb.

Grooming Needs

The Telomian's short, smooth coat is easy-care. A quick brushing once a week is fine.


This breed is alert, engaging and active. The Telomian needs early socialization or it may become aloof.

Compatibility with Kids

Best with gentle kids.


These dogs were the pets of Aborigines of Malaysia. These dogs climbed ladders into the family hut and chased out snakes and other animals. Telomians were beloved family members and today's breed can be traced back to two pairs obtained from the Aborigines.