Most native dog breeds in India are heading rapidly to extinction, due to a recent increase in demand for Western dog breeds. This pattern has prompted the over-breeding of unfamiliar dogs and under-breeding of Indian dogs.
Although people and organizations in India are trying to revive near-extinct native dogs, they are still considered rare breeds today. Most Indian breeds will be hard to find even if you are in India. There you can find many stray dogs.
Here are some facts about dogs in India:
- Sinhala dogs in India are so special that they were popular wedding gifts among the Vedda people. The Vedda were hunters. In addition, these dogs were so important that they were considered as important as the bow and arrow. There is a possibility that these dogs come from Indian Pariah dogs. However, no one is sure.
- The Vikhan Sheepdog in India is known for its incredible speed and agility. They could run as fast as a leopard in a sprint. Its name comes from the ancient language “Vikh”, which is spoken in the area from which these dogs originate. They were called “Giant rough collies” because of their luxurious coats, which were used as substitutes for wool in Pakistan.
- The Chippiparaiof India is also called the “Master of the Maid’s beasts” because they are often good with brides as fierce guardians and companions. Depending on the color of his coat, this dog is also called “Kanni”, which means” pure” and describes his purity of heart and dedication. These dogs were considered very valuable and kept only by the elite class.
- In terms of physical appearance of dogs in India, TangkhulHui is said to vary a lot due to constant crossing with Western dog breeds. Local legend says that these dogs were bred from black bears native to Asian countries. Some historians believe that they are “ancient dogs”, with a lineage of hundreds of years. However, poorly maintained records of these dogs were not able to confirm this.
- Pandikona dog packs in India form a hierarchical system with very intelligent communication. The dog Pandikona is still considered a “primitive dog breed.” In other words, they developed their characteristics without the help of humans. They were nicknamed the “Indian Doberman” by the British when they occupied India in the 1800s.
- Mudhol Hound of India, also called Caravan Hounds, the Mudhol got its nickname from the British, who often saw them with caravans in Karnataka. These dogs almost disappeared in the last century. However, one man’s efforts saved them in the early twentieth century. Mudhol dogs are currently used by the Indian army for surveillance and protection of the border.
- Terrier gulls in India were originally used for bull bait and dogfighting, both of which are blood sports introduced by the British. The aggressiveness of the Gull Terrier led them to be banned in many parts of Europe, in addition to the United States. Considered an ancient Indian dog, the origins of the Gull Terrier go back hundreds of years in India.
- Gull dongs of India were so popular in New York that they were effectively banned by New York Housing Authority. It the Gull Dongs are believed to be the direct descendants of the Indian tyrant Kutta and the Gull Terrier. Due to their aggressive personality, Gull Dongs were banned from the Cayman Islands in addition to the neighboring islands.
- Poor condition of dogs: Most dogs of India are in poor health, especially in rural and uneconomical areas. Dogs suffer from all kinds of problems ranging from hunger, diseases such as parvo, distemper, rabies, scabies, worms and much more.
- Dog abuse: Because of fear of rabies and bites, many people in India react to this fear with violence and beat, injure or kill dogs. We try to help and do our part by giving reflective necklaces to organizations.