We are one of the oldest civilization in the world- so our dogs has to be also one of the oldest breeds. The indian dogs through the ages have covered a long journey.We have some very rare sight hound in our sub contitent and i would like to share these information through my blog.
Rampur is a small town, around 60 km from bareilly towards New Delhi. The Nawab of the Rampur, His Royal Highness Ahmed Ali Khan Bahadur created this breed by mixing the blood lines of Tazi of Afghanistan and English Grey Hound of UK, and gave it a name Rampur Hound.This Breed does not have a long history, when Afghan came to India they brought with them Tazi. This dog was very powerful, ferocious and can tolerate any climate but they were untamable.Tazis were used for hunting Bull and deer’s. When British came to India they brought English Grey Hound with them, a very obedient dog, but the Indian climate was unsuitable for the grey hounds, so The Nawab Ahmed Ali Khan Bahadur mixed these two bloodlines and gave us a new breed Rampur Hound. During early 19th century these dogs were in great demand. In west Bengal these dogs were known as Soriala.
Types Of Rampur Hound:
There is still lot of confusion regarding types of rampur hound available, I have tried myself to find out regarding types of rampur hound available, although lot of people claim that there are three types of Rampur Hound
A) Reza: They are little timid in nature and Hunt Smaller Animals, very homely and playful in nature
B) Kesari: Rarest of all Rampur Hound, they look like somewhat Deer Hound. They are hostiles at time. They have long coat.
C) Sahi Shikari : They are royal , very strongly built and have powerful jaws, very temperamental in nature and they hunt big games like Neil Gaya ( Blue Bull ), even they can attack a tiger daringly.
But I still believe Sahi Shikari are the real rampur hound and rest are bit mixed breeds
They are generally 29’ to 31’ from withers to the base of the tails. The chest is deep as grey hound; bitch will be 1 or 2 inches less in size compare to male counterpart.
The neck circumference is about 12”. Tail around 26”. There is no standard desire weight.
Colour: They are generally, black, white, brindle, fawn.
Skull & Head: Flat Skull, little angled stop, powerful jaws, and razor sharp teeth. Short Ears
Feet: long, knuckled toes and a powerful well grip pads
Body: Little angled back, along with Loin and croup, From second thigh to hock its angular like greyhounds, rear pastern is straight on legs (back legs) –Front legs (Upper arm) –forearm straight wrist slightly angular from stopper pad, chest are deep and flank is curve from upper side along with chest. Long tail.
Rampur hound requires minimum 2 or three walks a day, it should not be without lead in a common or public places like parks , garden , road etc, it has a tendency to run very fast , recorded speed by me followed in a car is around 30 km/hr.
I have always considered Rampur hound as a ambassador car,as far grooming is concerned , it do not require much grooming only use gloves will keep the coat shining .
They are royale by nature and are very fond of human company particularly they love Children. Make sure if you have this breed at home do take care of your curtains or clothes, because as I said earlier they are royal by nature, they will not like to lie down on the floor, they have tendency to pull down curtain or clothes and will lie on it. They are also lazy by nature, their looks can be deceptive and strangers dare not trespass as they are known to be ferocious attackers and will not tolerate unknown faces.
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Rare Indian Breed Dogs
We are one of the oldest civilization in the world- so our dogs had to be also one of the oldest breeds. The Indian dogs through the ages have covered a long journey. First refrences which iam quoting is from Mahabharat when Yudhishtira goes to heaven with dog and the God INDRA says that there is no place in the heavens for people who brings dogs. Yudhishistra says-- I cannot discard my dog since he is my devotee, its like killing a brahmin. Even once victor hugo said- The more i study man-the more i love the dogs.Dogs are the first wild animal to be domesticated by human being. When i say rare indian breed dogs, i dont consider 1947 as a thin red line, Indian dogs mean dogs of our sub continent including Bangladesh, pakistan, Afghanistan and India. We get refrence of our dogs in Rig vedas. Book like TAITREYA Samhita identifies two dogs. Yajur veda says that Rudra is God of Dogs. Manasullasha speaks about hunting methods of dogs. Athurvedas speaks about dogs characteristics. In a book call SHIPLA SASTRA speaks about dogs. SWAN CHIKITSA speaks about treatments for dogs. SWAN VINODA Speaks about hunting methods of dogs. VARNA RATNAKAR describes hunting dogs of India.( maithili book) BREEDS NAMES 1) RAMPURI 2) CARVANI 3) MUDHOL 4) CHIPIPARAI 5) POLIGAR 6) RAJAPALLAYAM 7) DHANGARI 8)KOMBAI 9) KAIKADA 10)ALUNGU 11) ALUNKU 12) KUCHI 13)PATTI 14) TRIPURI DOG 15) SORIALA 16) BULLY