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Rajapalayam dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginIndia flagIndia
Other Names
What other names does the Rajapalayam dog have?
Indian Sight-HoundPoligar hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Rajapalayam dog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Rajapalayam dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Rajapalayam dog in the United States? How much money is a Rajapalayam dog?

Where to buy a Rajapalayam dog with a good pedigree?

$200-$400
If you choose to purchase the Rajapalayam dog, 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 Rajapalayam dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Rajapalayam dog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Rajapalayam dog? How many Rajapalayam dog are there in the world?
Average: The Rajapalayam dog 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.

Rajapalayam dog Size

Size
Is a Rajapalayam dog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Rajapalayam dog get?

What is the average size of a Rajapalayam dog?

Large
Weight
How much does the Rajapalayam dog weigh? How much should a Rajapalayam dog weight? What is the normal weight of a Rajapalayam dog? How much does a full-grown Rajapalayam dog weight?
Male: 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 37-46 pounds (17-21 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Rajapalayam dog?
Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height
How tall is the Rajapalayam dog? Rajapalayam dog height:
Male: 25–30 inches (63.5-76 kg) Female: 24–28 inches (61-71 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Rajapalayam dog?
Male: 27.5 inches (70 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Rajapalayam dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Rajapalayam dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Rajapalayam dog coats?
Black White Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Rajapalayam dog and how often? How often should I take my Rajapalayam dog to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Rajapalayam dog doesn't require a lot of 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 regularly to avoid infections. Rajapalayam dog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Rajapalayam dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Indian Sight-Hound? Do Rajapalayam dog dogs shed a lot?
Rajapalayam dog dogs 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 Rajapalayam dog need a bath? How often should you give a Rajapalayam dog a bath? Can I bathe my Rajapalayam dog 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.

Rajapalayam dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Rajapalayam dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ProtectiveCourageousAffectionateLoyalDevoted
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Rajapalayam dog? Is the Rajapalayam dog breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Rajapalayam dog ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Rajapalayam dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Rajapalayam dog?
A slightly harder to train than average. Rajapalayam dog dogs aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Rajapalayam dogs, 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? Rajapalayam dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Rajapalayam dog dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Rajapalayam dog a good family dog?
Slightly Below Average: Rajapalayam dog dogs may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owner's emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Indian Sight-Hound need? Rajapalayam dog social needs:
Rajapalayam dog dogs are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Rajapalayam dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Indian Sight-Hound bark?
Low to Average: The Rajapalayam dog 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 Rajapalayam dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Rajapalayam dog dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Rajapalayam dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Rajapalayam dog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Rajapalayam dog dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Rajapalayam dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Rajapalayam dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Rajapalayam dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Indian Sight-Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Rajapalayam dog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Rajapalayam dog 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 Rajapalayam dog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Rajapalayam dog? How much bite force does a Rajapalayam dog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Rajapalayam dog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Rajapalayam dog, 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.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Rajapalayam dog do?
Rajapalayam dog dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Rajapalayam dog dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Rajapalayam dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Rajapalayam dog roam?
Rajapalayam dog dogs 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 Rajapalayam dog have high prey drive?
Rajapalayam dog dogs 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 Rajapalayam dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Rajapalayam dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Rajapalayam dog in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Rajapalayam dog breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Rajapalayam dog indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Rajapalayam dog dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Rajapalayam dog be left alone? How long can you leave a Rajapalayam dog alone?
Rajapalayam dog dogs handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.

Rajapalayam dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Rajapalayam dog temperament with other people:
Rajapalayam dog dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Rajapalayam dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Rajapalayam dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Rajapalayam dog dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Rajapalayam dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Rajapalayam dog temperament with children:
Rajapalayam dog dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Rajapalayam dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Rajapalayam dog breed live with a cat?
Rajapalayam dog dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Rajapalayam dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Rajapalayam dog dogs get along with other dogs?
Rajapalayam dog dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Rajapalayam dog is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Rajapalayam dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Rajapalayam dog breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Rajapalayam dog dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Rajapalayam dog dogs good office canines? Do Rajapalayam dog dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Rajapalayam dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Rajapalayam dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Indian Sight-Hound temperament with senior people? Are Rajapalayam dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Rajapalayam dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.

Rajapalayam dog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Rajapalayam dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Rajapalayam dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Rajapalayam dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Rajapalayam dog see the vet?
Average
The Rajapalayam dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Rajapalayam dog dogs live? How old can a Rajapalayam dog be? What is the age limit of the Rajapalayam dog? How many years can the oldest Rajapalayam dog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Rajapalayam dog?

How long is the lifespan of a Rajapalayam dog?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Rajapalayam dog: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Rajapalayam dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Rajapalayam dog dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher 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 Rajapalayam dog have? What is the activity level of the Rajapalayam dog?
Rajapalayam dog dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Rajapalayam dog need? How much exercise do Rajapalayam dog dogs require per day?

Do Rajapalayam dog dogs need a lot of exercises?

Rajapalayam dog dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Rajapalayam dog breed need?
Rajapalayam dog dogs 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 a Rajapalayam dog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Rajapalayam dog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Rajapalayam dog? How much food should I feed my Rajapalayam dog?
2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Rajapalayam dog risk for obesity:
Average: The Rajapalayam dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. 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 gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Rajapalayam dog weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Rajapalayam dog 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 Rajapalayam dog drool?
The Rajapalayam dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Rajapalayam dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Rajapalayam dog.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Rajapalayam dog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Rajapalayam dog 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).

Rajapalayam dog is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Rajapalayam dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Rajapalayam dog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Rajapalayam dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Rajapalayam dog 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.

Rajapalayam dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Rajapalayam dog 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 Rajapalayam dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Rajapalayam dog be a boat dog?

Not really

Rajapalayam dog 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 Rajapalayam dog 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.

Rajapalayam dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Rajapalayam dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Rajapalayam dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Rajapalayam dog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Rajapalayam dog breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Rajapalayam dog: 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 Rajapalayam dog have in a litter? How many puppies can the Rajapalayam dog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Rajapalayam dog have? How many puppies can a Rajapalayam dog give birth to?
5-8 puppies

Rajapalayam dog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Rajapalayam dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Rajapalayam dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Rajapalayam dog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Rajapalayam dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Rajapalayam dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Rajapalayam dog dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Rajapalayam dog dogs handle alone time quite well.
Cons
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Rajapalayam dog dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Rajapalayam dog breed in the home.
  • Mouthiness: Rajapalayam dog dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Rajapalayam dog dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Rajapalayam dog dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Rajapalayam dog dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Rajapalayam dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Rajapalayam dog dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Rajapalayam dog History

The Rajapalayam Dog is originated from the Nayak dynasty of Tamil Nadu in India, whereas other experts suggest that the dog was brought to this region by the Nayakars in the time of the Vijayanagara king’s reign. The Rajapalayam was developed to be a vivacious hunter who had a huge drive to please his owner. Originally the breed was bred to hunt wild boar and other small prey.

According to a well-known local legend, when Rajapalayam puppies were born, they were thrown in a dark pit in order for them to grow up on their own and were only taken out once when they were fully grown, making them temperamental towards humans. According to this ancient method, only the strongest would have survived. Moreover, in one local story, it is stated that a Rajapalayam was capable to kill a tiger in order to protect his owner from getting devoured by the animal. The Rajapalayam is also called Poligar Hound. The dogs were given this name because of the Poligar clans. Poligar clans were said to have owned this breed back in ancient Southern India. They received a reputation for being fierce, aggressive, and harmful due to how they were trained. Poligar clans were known for robbing people while on the road and often used their dogs as attack dogs. Yet, in reality, the Rajapalayam breed got its name because it was derived from Southern India, especially from the region Rajapalayam.

As guard dogs, they were known to protect rice fields, houses, and farms in India. They also were known to guard the border of Kashmir along with the Indian army. Taking advantage of the dogs’ size and already aggressive reputation, they were used in the Carnatic and Poligar wars. As war dogs, they were known to fight in the Poligar and Carnatic wars against the British from around 1799–1805. They were fast, aggressive, and dedicated to their task which made them a great fit for the war.

Aside from their past serving in wars, the dogs make excellent guard dogs and loyal companions for the family, that was the reason why the breed was fancied among royal households in the East. The Rajapalayam is one of the few Indian bred pedigree dogs that has been developed in the country. Nowadays the breed is almost on the verge of extinction; there are just a few pockets at present in Tamil Nadu that have the presence of this breed. In recent times there has been a lot of effort being made to encourage the breeding and to popularize the breed in the country. In one such effort, the Animal Husbandry Department of the Tamil Nadu government has sponsored the dog shows and has even set up breeding complexes in the state in order to prevent total extinction. In fact, this breed even adorned the postage stamps to create awareness for the dog breed. This breed still lives today in rural villages in Tamil Nadu in India, even though they are slightly different from the original Rajapalayams. Some experts suggested that the Rajapalayam was used to breed the modern-day Dalmatian although it has not been proven. There are current efforts to revive this breed and save it from complete extinction.

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Rajapalayam dog Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Suman Kumar

    Oct 6, 2020, 3:56:54 AM:

    Perfect dog for Indian conditions. Very adaptable, low maintenance, Extremely Loyal and a superb watch dog. Handsome and Graceful dogs

  • Dr. Arun Balan

    Apr 14, 2020, 10:38:18 AM:

    Weight of male Rajapalayam will weight over 30kgs.They developed an aggressive and protective temperament when it came to hunting which also served to make them excellent guard dogs.

  • Vishal

    Dec 1, 2018, 2:28:23 PM:

    Perfect dog for our environment