Skeletons of a very similar dog have been found at Harrappa, an ancient settlement in what is now northern Pakistan. This is also very like the Pariah dog, which roams semi-wild semi-domesticated throughout India, today.
Recent DNA research by the Universityof Leipzig, Germany has discovered that an influx of people with the DNA of southern India reached Australia about 4,000 years ago, long before the Englishman Captain Cook. They mixed with the Aborigines who had been there for much longer, but withouit dogs. Today about a tenth of the Aborigine DNA is from the same groups as South Indians. Their arrival coincides with the earliest time from which dingo skeletons have been found.
Seperate research on dingo DNA right across Australia suggests that all Australian dingoes probably stem from a single female. This would suggest an arrival by ship. The dingo DNA is related not to the south-east Asian wolf, once thought to be its fore-runner, but much more closely to primitive, domesticated dogs. Many of these are now being reclassified as Canis Lupus Dingo on the basis of their DNA. Could the Podengo also be in this group?