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The Royal Dogs of India

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The Royal Dog Breed Of India

The Royal Dog Breed Of India

The dog breeds, which were developed for the Royal Family, and for many years they were confined to the royal family only, are considered as royal dogs. Although these dogs are now available to everyone and pure breed of some royal dogs has now extinct. There are mainly three Royal Dogs in India and some people consider four dogs as Royal Dogs. In the year 2005, another, fourth dog was also recognized as the royal dog. Know the four dog breeds of India, which are considered as royal dogs in India.

Mudhol Hound

Mudhol Hound

1. Mudhol hound

Mudhol hounds are sight hounds, native to Mudhol District of Karnataka state of India. It's an exceptionally loyal and devoted dog, which is also known as Caravan, Mahratta, and Pashmi hounds (Though some breeders believe that the Caravan and Mudhol both are different breeds.)Mudhol hounds are mostly available in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Their physical strength coupled with their great speed and stamina allows them to catch and kill game, from hare to blackbuck, over rough country.

Mudhol Hounds are known as the royal hound dog of India.
The Indian government issued a postal stamp in respect of them.

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Mudhole Hound Dog

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Mudhole Hound Dog

Mudhol hounds are well known for their speed and chasing skills. They need regular exercise and are not suitable for apartment life.

  • The Mudhol hounds were the first hounds, introduced in the Indian Army's inventory in 2017.
  • The fame of Mudhol Hound shoots up in year 2020, after PM Modi names it in his radio speech "Man ki Baat".

The physical traits of Mudhol hounds,

  • Height: Female: 64–68 cm, male: 68–72 cm
  • Weight: Female: 22–28 kg, male: 22–28 kg
  • Life Span: 10 to 13 years
Royal Rampur Greyhound

Royal Rampur Greyhound

2. Rampur Greyhound

Rampur Greyhounds are highly intelligent, loyal and devoted sighthounds, originated in the Northern Indian city of Rampur, which lies between Delhi and Bareilly. Rampur Greyhounds were bred by mixing between an Afghan Hounds and native Indian dogs, to hunt deer, fox, jackal and rabbits, and they have excellent running speed and stamina, which can run up to 42 miles per hour. These dogs sometimes appear to be lazy, but when roused, they charge charge and can even take down a golden jackal.

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of   Rampur Greyhound

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Rampur Greyhound

In early 2000, they were on the verge of extinction due to mixing with local dogs and dwindling demand. In the past few years, local breeders and some NGOs started a campaign to save their breed, due to which some dogs of this breed are still available and can be found in Delhi and near by cities.

Rampur Greyhounds are known as the royal hound dog of India.
The Indian government issued a postal stamp in respect of them.

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The physical traits of Rampur greyhounds,

  • Height : Female: 62–71 cm, male: 64–74 cm
  • Weight : Female: 22–26 kg, male: 22–31 kg
  • Life Span : 10 to 13 years
Rajapalayam Dog

Rajapalayam Dog

3. Rajapalayam Dog

Rajapalayam is a native to Tamil Nadu state of South India, which is a tall, heavy built, sturdy dog of pure white color, which was bred for hunting wild boar and hare, it is also called Great Dane of India. It was the companion dog of the royal family of the town of Rajapalayam and that's where it gets his name. It is a hound that needs lots of exercise and wide-open spaces and is very affectionate and devoted towards its owner, although not always demonstrative. Rajapalayam is aloof and suspicious dog that do not usually like to be touched or handled by strangers and are known to be one-man dogs. It usually do not get along well with other pets (like cats) owing to their strong hunting instincts.

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Rajapalayam Dog

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Rajapalayam Dog

Rjapalayam dog is known as the royal dog of India and Indian government issued a postal stamp in respect and promote it.

Physicals Traits of Rajapalayam Dog,

  • Height: Usually measures about 65–75 cm (25–30 inches).
  • Weight: About 32–42 kg, though some weigh up to 48 kg.
  • Life Span: 11 to 14 Years
The Royal Dogs of India

The Royal Dogs of India

Usually these these three indian dogs (Mudhol, Rampur and Rajapalayam) were considered as royal dogs of India. But in the year 2005, the Bhotia dogs of the Himalayan region of North India were also accepted as royal dogs, and a postage stamp was also issued in their honor.

Royal Indian Bhotia Dog

Royal Indian Bhotia Dog

Bhotia dogs are native to the state of Uttarakhand in India, also known as Bhotia mastiffs or Bhotia sheepdogs. These dogs were developed by the Bhotia shepherds of the Himalayan tribes of Uttarakhand, from where they got the name Bhotia. They are large sized, long haired, strong, courageous and belligerent dogs, which were bred to protect shepherds family and livestock, from snow leopard and wolves.

These dogs look very similar to Tibetan mastiffs, but are slightly smaller in size and have less hair on their faces than Tibetan mastiffs. Bhotia dogs have been highly appreciated for protecting people from wild predators in the inaccessible valleys and snowy mountains of the Himalayas. And many times these dogs have even sacrificed their lives to protect their owner and family. In view of the devotion of these dogs towards their owner, they are also called the sentinels of the Himalayan region.

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Bhotia Dog

Postage Stamp Issue on the name of Bhotia Dog

And in the year 2005, the Government of India honored them considering Royal dog of India and issued a postal stamp in their respect.

The Physical Traits of Bhotia Dogs,

  • Height : Average 22 to 28 inches ( 61 to 72 cm )
  • Weight : Male 35-40 kg, female 30-35 kg
  • Life Span : 11 - 13 years

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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