Once the favourite sporting companion of Indian princes
The Rampur Greyhound is a large sighthound that was developed by Ahmad Ali Khan, the Nawab of Rampur, in the 18th or 19th century. They were frequently retained by Maharajas, the Royalty of India. This dog was used for hunting large and dangerous game that could include boars, jackals, and even lions. When India won independence from Britain in 1947 both the Maharajas and the practice of hunting these animals lost popularity and so did the Rampur Greyhound. Today most of the remaining population of the Rampur Greyhound are still employed as hunting dogs and guard dogs in India and of course as family pets, but none of the major kennel clubs have officially recognized this breed as of yet. Less demand for a hunting dog in India has created a precipitous decline in the Rampur Greyhound population and the breed is currently on the verge of extinction, although their population has very recently started to rise. However they are still extremely difficult to find outside of India, but there are a few that have allegedly been reported in the United States.
OTHER NAMES – North Indian Greyhound, Rampur Dog, Rampur Hound, Royal Rampur Hound
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
The Rampur Greyhound are very affectionate towards their owners, but they can tend to be more of a one person dog than some other breeds. They are fairly gentle and sensitive towards the children in the family but can be full of energy and difficult to control and are prone to knocking people over if they haven’t been properly trained. They do not tend to get along well with other dogs, but they do usually enjoy a good play session with another Rampur Greyhound, which sometimes consists of running at each other full bore for a rather intense chest bump! They do have a high prey drive and should be on a lead at all times and they should not be left in the garden alone as they are prone to going over fences thanks to those extra flexible toes. They are fairly easy to train as they are both intelligent and obedient but can be distracted, particularly if fast moving objects are involved. These dogs are very active and tend to have a higher level of endurance than most sighthounds. Not only should these dogs get daily walks or jogs of an hour or longer, they should be given the opportunity to run unencumbered, in a safe place like an enclosed garden.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||India|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Hunting|
|TEMPERAMENT||Affectionate, Lively, Gentle|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||1-2 hours per day|
|IDEAL SIZE OF HOME||Large|
|HEIGHT – MALE||60-75 cm / 23-30 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||55-60 cm / 21-23 in (to shoulder)|
|COAT TYPE||Short and smooth|
|GROOMING NEEDS||1-2 times a week|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||10-14 years|
- These dogs do have rather distinctive webbed feet and extremely flexible toes, making them often exceptional at activities that include climbing and balancing.
- The grooming requirements of the Rampur Greyhound are rather simple. Due to a distinct lack of doggie odour, these dogs only require bathing on an occasional basis, and a good brushing twice a week.
- In a nod to their national importance, the Rampur Greyhound was featured on an Indian postage stamp in 2005.
- At times shy, intensive socialisation when puppies is essential to bring them out of their shell and avoid them developing into overly-sensitive or fearful adult dogs.
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WEBSITES ABOUT RAMPUR GREYHOUND
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