Chippiparai Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chippiparai so you can get to know the breed more.

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Chippiparai Price and Availability

How much does the Chippiparai puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Chippiparai, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chippiparai for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chippiparai gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Chippiparai?
Average: The Chippiparai is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Chippiparai Size

What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
How much does the Chippiparai weigh? Chippiparai weight:
33-44 pounds (15-20 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Chippiparai? Chippiparai average weight:
38.5 pounds (17.5 kg)
How tall is the Chippiparai? Chippiparai height:
~25 inches (~63.5 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Chippiparai average height:
~25 inches (~63.5 cm)

Chippiparai Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Chippiparai have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chippiparai's coat?
How to groom the Chippiparai and how often?
Effortless: The Chippiparai requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Chippiparai is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Chippiparai dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kanni?
Chippiparais shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Chippiparai need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Chippiparai every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Chippiparai Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Chippiparai have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chippiparai? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Chippiparai's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Chippiparai dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chippiparais are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
Average: Chippiparais, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chippiparai sensitivity:
Chippiparais have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Chippiparais are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Kanni need? Chippiparai social needs:
Chippiparais need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Chippiparai dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Kanni bark?
Low to Average: The Chippiparai rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chippiparai good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Chippiparais are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Chippiparais will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Chippiparai dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Chippiparais strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Chippiparai bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kanni? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chippiparai? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Chippiparai has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Chippiparai has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Chippiparai bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Chippiparai, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chippiparai do?
Chippiparais have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chippiparais need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chippiparai to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chippiparai roam?
Chippiparais have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chippiparai have high prey drive?
Chippiparais have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Chippiparai dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chippiparai good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Chippiparai breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chippiparais adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Chippiparai Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Chippiparai temperament with other people:
Chippiparais are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chippiparai dogs get along with other pets? Are Chippiparai dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chippiparais do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Chippiparai dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chippiparai temperament with children:
Chippiparais are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chippiparai dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Chippiparais are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chippiparai good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chippiparai dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Chippiparais are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Chippiparai can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chippiparai breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Chippiparais are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Chippiparais good office dogs? Do Chippiparais make good office friendly dogs? Can Chippiparais be office dogs?
Chippiparai is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chippiparai dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kanni temperament with senior people? Are Chippiparai dogs good for elderly owners?
Chippiparais are not recommended for elderly people.

Chippiparai Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Chippiparai dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Chippiparais are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Chippiparai breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chippiparai breed? Most common health risks of Chippiparai:
AllergiesCold IntoleranceFood AllergiesHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Sensitivity To Anesthesia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Chippiparai breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Chippiparai see the vet?
The Chippiparai should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Chippiparai dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Chippiparai be? What is the age limit of the Chippiparai? How many years can the oldest Chippiparai live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Chippiparai: 13 years
Is the Chippiparai breed hypoallergenic?
Chippiparais don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chippiparai have? What is the activity level of the Chippiparai?
Chippiparais have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Chippiparai dogs require per day?
Chippiparais have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chippiparais sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Chippiparai need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chippiparai risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Chippiparai has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Chippiparai's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Chippiparai has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Chippiparai drool?
The Chippiparai is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chippiparai As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chippiparai be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Chippiparai is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chippiparai be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Chippiparai be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Chippiparai is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chippiparai be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Chippiparai is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chippiparai be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Chippiparai is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chippiparai be a boat dog?

Not really

Chippiparai breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chippiparai be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Chippiparai is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Chippiparai dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chippiparai Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Chippiparai: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chippiparai have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-7 puppies

Chippiparai Recognition

AKC Group
Is Chippiparai recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Chippiparai recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chippiparai breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Chippiparai Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Chippiparai's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Chippiparais are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Chippiparais are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Chippiparai breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Chippiparai requires minimal grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Chippiparai has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Chippiparais are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Chippiparais adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Chippiparais are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chippiparais are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chippiparais don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chippiparais have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Child Friendly: Chippiparais are not kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Chippiparais are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Chippiparai is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chippiparais are not recommended for elderly people.

Chippiparai History

The Chippiparai is a sighthound breed that originates in Southern India. The breed is most widespread in Tamil Nadu, where it is thought to have originated, but it is also seen in smaller numbers in Kerala, which is a nearby state. However, until the last 50 years or so, dog breeders in India focused solely on working ability, especially in the case of working dogs. If pedigree and pureblood were considered at all, it was a minor consideration. Moreover, they haven’t kept any records or written documents about dogs which makes it extremely difficult for experts and historians to look into the origins of native breeds such as the Chippiparai. Although, it is safe to say that the breed is most likely linked to India’s other native sighthound breeds, such as the Rampur Greyhound, Kanni, Mudhol Hound, Combai, and Rajapalayam, the exact relationship between them is unknown. The age of the Chippiparai is one of the major mysteries surrounding the breed. The Chippiparai is almost probably an ancient breed, but it could have evolved anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years ago.


Furthermore, there are many theories concerning the origins of the breed. The most popular one claimed by many is that the Chippiparai is most similar to the Saluki and probably a descendant of that breed. The Saluki is said to be the world’s oldest purebred dog, with archaeological evidence indicating that it was created by the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Mesopotamians up to 7000 years ago. The Saluki has long been thought to be the ancestor of all sighthounds, spreading across the ancient globe through commerce and conquering. However, in recent years, genetic tests have shown that sighthounds are probably not all directly descended from the Saluki but were instead developed independently several times throughout history in different places. According to experts, the Chippiparai and other Indian sighthounds are far more similar to Central Asian sighthounds than the Saluki, and the Indian breeds are much more likely to be descended from Central Asian canines due to the long history of contact. However, there is also a possibility that the Chippiparai and other native Indian breeds were developed entirely from local dogs. The ruling elites of the Indus Valley Civilization developed their own hunting dogs, which may very well have been sighthounds, and possibly the ancestors of all Indian sighthound breeds.


Moreover, whenever and however the Chippiparai was developed, it is sure that it became highly valued in Southern India. The caste system, which is a major aspect of Hindu religion, firmly separated and stratified Indian society until late in the colonial period. The Chippiparai was almost exclusively retained by the governing and rich castes, as they were the only Indian citizens who could afford to keep a dog and hunt with them legally. The royal families of Madurai, Thanjavur, and Tirunelveli were particularly fond of the Chippiparai. The breed was used as a coursing dog. When ground-dwelling prey was seen, this incredibly fast breed was unleashed to hunt it down. When the Chippiparai caught its prey, it either killed it or held it until its master arrived to finish the job. Chippiparais were used to hunt deer, gazelle, hare, rabbit, squirrel, bustards, and pheasants, as well as other species present in Tamil Nadu that are comparable in size or smaller than the breed. However, because the Chippiparai was so driven to chase prey, it needed to be contained at all times to prevent it from running off. The breed was kept tied or chained at all times. As cruel as it sounds, it had one positive consequence, which was that it kept the breed pure for generations by preventing them from random breeding, as was the case with most Indian canines.


Life in Southern India is extremely challenging not just for people, but for dogs as well.  The tropical heat regularly exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade, which allows hundreds of species of disease and parasites to thrive, many of which are lethal to dogs. The region is also home to a number of dangerous animals, such as cobras, venomous snakes, crocodiles, bears, lions, and so on. However, it is interesting that the Chippiparai became extraordinarily well-adapted to life in its homeland. The breed is one of the most heat tolerant of all breeds, able to work at a high level for hours in conditions that would kill many other breeds in minutes. The Chippiparai also evolved inherent resistance to a variety of diseases and parasites, as well as survival skills when confronted with potentially lethal wildlife and the ability to live on very little food.


Furthermore, the Chippiparai, like most Indian breeds, was largely ignored by European colonial rulers. Despite the fact that sections of Tamil Nadu were occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, and British empires at one time, none of them were interested in the breed. The general opinion was that Indian dogs were inferior to European varieties, with the majority of them being nothing more than strays. Some of these ideas pervaded Indian thought, and the majority of Indian breeds were mostly overlooked. Moreover, as there was no unified Indian Kennel Club on a national level until 1956, Indian breeds also suffered from a lack of formal recognition. The Chippiparai’s numbers have been steadily declining over several years due to a lack of enthusiasm. The breed is now considered extremely rare, with only about 50 municipalities remaining in the traditional strongholds of Madurai, Thanjavur, and Tirunelveli. Almost the entire global Chippiparai population now lives in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, while a small number of breed members also reside in Kerala, a nearby state.


As the Chippiparai is already very rare and its numbers continue to decline, many experts fear that the breed is in imminent danger of extinction. The Kennel Club of India and the United Indian Kennel Club are the two major Indian dog registries that currently recognize the breed. However, there has been little interest in breed-in dog exhibitions, and it is rarely seen in Indian dog shows. The Kennel Club of India established a center in Chennai in 1982 to promote native breeds. The center has greatly increased interest in several breeds but has had little impact on the Chippiparai.

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Chippiparai Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Nala

    Jun 23, 2021, 6:34:21 AM:

    My dog is very obedient and very intelligence

  • M. Nibun

    Jun 11, 2020, 1:37:43 AM:

    This dogs will play with child's and make them safe when the are not in home. It's a good dog

  • Chippi

    Jun 10, 2020, 9:26:19 AM:

    Perfect for your home nothing will come to your home