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Brief History of the Rajapalayam Dog

The Rajapalayam is native to the town of Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that they may be an ancestor to the modern-day Dalmatian. This beautiful canine was used in the Carnatic and Polygar wars to attack the British cavalry as they were fast, strong, and good at following commands.

Our farmers used them to guard the rice fields, houses, farms, etc., for centuries, and have many stories around them. A popular legend states that 4 Rajapalayam dogs once saved the life of their master by fighting and killing a tiger near a forest in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. In the last two decades, the Indian Army has begun recruiting them, and Mudhol Hounds, as guard dogs on the borders of Kashmir.

The Rajapalayam is a rare Indian dog breed, which unfortunately is on the verge of extinction. We can currently find them in a handful of regions in Tamil Nadu. Efforts are being made to encourage the breeding of Rajapalayams and to popularize them in the country.

The Rajapalayam was bred to be a superb hunter who needs to please his owner. They were trained to hunt wild boars and other small prey. They make excellent guard dogs for their family.

A Rajapalayam will bark and alert their owner in case of a break-in. They are fearless and face any attacker head-on.

They are wary of strangers and do not enjoy being in crowds. Their large size may intimidate those who come for a visit.

They do not like to be petted or even touched by strangers and may charge if they feel threatened.

Being a South Indian dog breed, the Rajapalayam well-conditioned to the intense heat. They do not face weather-related sicknesses which western dogs are prone to and are generally healthy.

They are really sensitive to their environment. Sudden changes may trigger them. Rajapalayams love routine and hence, being in a chaotic household can be detrimental to their mental health.

This is also the reason they flourish in disciplined environments like the Army.

Unless provoked, the Rajapalayam rarely bites. If there is an intrusion, or if they feel pain, excited, see prey, etc., they may bite.

The Rajapalayam is not hypoallergenic. They shed a considerable amount all year round. They also produce a significant amount of dander.

Can we keep Rajapalayam dog at home?

The Rajapalayam is very easy to groom. They do not shed a lot and have beautiful, short hair which needn’t be professionally groomed. As soon as you bring a Rajapalayam puppy home, you should get him used to a specific grooming routine.

Which dog can kill a Rottweiler?

Pit bulls are faster and more athletic then Rotties. They also were breed for dog fighting so they have the edge there. However Rottweilers are far bigger then pitbulls and have a stronger bite force. While pound for pound pitbulls are stronger the Rottweilers massive size would give it the edge in overall power.

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