An Indian Dog Story
“ A breed Dog”……After reading the word the breed dog, what comes to your mind..?
A Comfy Labrador, or a stout Rottweiler or an Alert German shepeard..? whatever it may be, 99% of people don’t think about an Indian Breed of Dog.
All of us know and see the International breeds everywere, even in our home also. But we should also need to know and aware about our Indian Breeds of Dogs also.
Starting from the history, from Ancient India, Evidences of Indian Dogs found on rock paintings in Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, on frescoes in Ajanta, on hero stones commemorating men who died in battle, in memorials built by people to honour their favourite hunting hounds and in Mughal miniatures.
Indian breeds were relatively undiluted till the early colonists arrived around the sixteenth century. The Portuguese imported hounds to India, followed by the British. As a result of interbreeding, the appearance of Indian dogs changed. Canines in early representations in Indian art had squarish heads, unlike the dogs of today which have longer, pointed muzzles.
For instance, breeds like the Mudhol hound, Rajapalayam, Chippiparai, caravan hound and Rampur hound look like cousins of the greyhound. But, there’s little consensus among Indian breeders on the standards that define a particular breed.
The 25 he profiles are generally considered to be distinct types, but there’s no officially recognised set of scientific standards determining breeds. While Indian pets have competed in dog shows abroad, not a single Indian breed is recognised. It’s only in recent years that local kennel clubs have begun promoting indigenous breeds and Indian dogs have been made
to compete in shows.