Bankhars – several puppies pictured – are possibly the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Photo: Tessa Chan

The dogs that could stop Mongolian grasslands turning to desert – return of the bankhar, traditional herder’s companion

  • The bankhar, a guardian dog, is being reintroduced to protect livestock from predators and remove herders’ incentive to keep more animals and kill predators
  • Herd animals have tripled in number in recent years, causing overgrazing and trampling the grass
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Bankhars – several puppies pictured – are possibly the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Photo: Tessa Chan
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