Thursday, 13 June 2013

Dogs of Tamil Nadu

Pictures taken from Google. Credit goes to the various people who uploaded them.

Whenever we speak of dogs, we tend to focus on the European breeds.  This is due to their popularity and demand. Unknown to many, India has about 88 native dog breeds. Six of these breeds are from the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Most of these dogs from Tamil Nadu evolved naturally. That makes them more suitable to the hot climate in the south. Furthermore, these dogs require less medical attention as their immune system is stronger, making them less prone to disease which are common among the European breeds.

In Tamil Nadu, we can find breeds like the famous Rajapalayam, Kombai, Alangu Mastiff, Chippiparai, Kanni and Malayeri. Both the Alangu Mastiff and Malayeri are now extinct.

Malayeri
The Malayeri (hill climber) was a shepherd dog used by the tribals to herd sheeps. It was commonly found in the hills of Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.

Alangu Mastiff
The Alangu Mastiff is a Molosser dog developed in Thanjavur. It is actually a crossbreed between the Sindh Mastiff and the Alangu Hound. The breed became extinct after the fall of their main patrons, the royal family of Thanjavur.

Alangu Mastiff

Rajapalayam
Named after the town of Rajapalayam in the district of Virudhunagar, the Rajapalayam is one of the most popular native breeds in India. It is a sight hound and the most prized colour is pure white with pink nose. The Rajapalayam was used by the Palayakars in their war against Tipu Sultan and later the British. The dogs were trained to attack the cavalry unit and their horses. These dogs are tall and lean.

Rajapalayam
Rajapalayam
Rajapalayam
Rajapalayam
Rajapalayam
Rajapalayam pups
Chippiparai
The Chippiparai is another sight hound found in the south. These dogs are believed to be descended from the Saluki. Chippiparai dogs were bred by the royal families of Madurai and Tirunelveli. The dogs were used as hunting dogs. Even today, the locals use these dogs in their hunting expedition.

Chippiparai

Chippiparai
Chippiparai
Chippiparai

Chippiparai
Chippiparai pup
Kanni
The Kanni is similar to the Chippiparai. They share the common ancestor. Like the Chippiparai, Kanni is also used in hunting. It's name in Tamil means virgin or unmarried girl. In ancient times, Kanni was one of the dowry (marriage gifts) given by the bride's family. This custom was practiced by the Kambalathu Naicker community.

Kanni
Kanni
Kanni
Kanni
Kanni
Kanni pup

Kombai
The Kombai is perhaps the most ferocious of the native breeds. Unlike the Chippiparai, Kanni and Rajapalayam which are sight hounds, the Kombai is a bear hound. Kombai's powerful jaws and heavy appearance made it a suitable guard dog. The dogs were also used to hunt bears and protect the livestock from tigers and leopards. This breed was a favorite choice of the Mukkulathor chieftains.

During Sivagangai's war against the British in late 18th century, it is written in records of the British that the forts guarded by these breeds were almost impregnable until every one of the dogs were killed. The fierce Kombais are said to defend their masters till their very end and this is featured in ballads sung by the locals.

Kombai

Kombai
Kombai
Kombai
Kombai pup




These dogs may not look as beautiful as the European breeds, but they are certainly of good quality. The kennel associations in Tamil Nadu need to ensure that there are proper breeding programs to protect the remaining native breeds from becoming extinct.


- Comments

73 comments:

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    1. Yes. I love to own a Kombai some day. They look fit and healthy.

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  2. dear sharmalan thevar

    great work thru ur blog but please understand tht why our proud indian breeds are not taken into consideration for raising in our indian homes b cos its all fraud and deceiving when we buy a chippiparai or kombai.two years back i bought one chippiparai and one kombai from rajapalayam co operative kennels but wen they grow up it turned to be normal dogs and people who came to knw this made fun of us this kind of embarresment leads to lose faith in buying indian breeds.. indians deceiving indians even in buying indian breeds.

    this time could you please provide pure chippiparai dogs and kombai under your guidance we have large goat farm and no dogs to protect and we are very worried now.

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  3. dear Sharmalan

    also provide your mobile number please

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  4. Hello Rafeeq,

    Thanks for appreciating my blog. It is saddening to know that such things are happening in India.

    I am actually based in Malaysia. Not a breeder or a kennel owner. My article above is purely based on the love for dogs. I hope that some day we Malaysians can help to revive these breeds.

    I am working on obtaining some contact for you.

    There is a person called Prabhakaran David Boaz. He is an owner of pure breed Chippiparai kennel in Santoshapuram. Mr.Prabahakaran is the son of the late DR. G.D. Boaz. I do not have the kennel contact details but you can probably call the hospital and obtain the kennel contact details from them.

    DR. G.D. BOAZ MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL
    (PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL & REHABILITATION CENTRE)
    2/234 Velachery Main Road, Santhoshapuram, Chennai 600073
    Phone : 91-044-22780700
    email: gdboazhospital@gmail.com
    Contact Person : Mr.Ajit Boaz
    Mobile : 91-9840061888

    The other person to contact will be Surendran Babu of Contemplate Kennels.

    Contemplate Kennel
    Mr. Surendran Babu
    23/3, Cotton Market,
    Rajapalayam - 626117.
    Tamil Nadu, South India.

    +91 98421 58300
    info@rajapalayamdogs.com
    surendrank.babu@gmail.com
    http://rajapalayamdogs.com/gallery.htm

    As for Kombai, you may get some help from Akhil Karikkandathil.

    https://www.facebook.com/akhilesh.karikandathil
    http://kombai.org/contact/

    I wish you all the best.

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  5. Great blog...thanks for revealing this..can you tell the real cost for rajapalayam dog and sippiparai dogs...? want to buy and i like this breeds very much..

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  6. Great blog...thanks for revealing this..can you tell the real cost for rajapalayam dog and sippiparai dogs...? want to buy and i like this breeds very much..

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  7. Thanks for developing such an informative blog.

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  8. Very Informative. Thanks for giving the details. Looking for Kombai pups. Any authentic source please?

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  9. Hi All,

    We have Kombai dogs three puppies 40 days old at the moment in Kombai town itself for sale, if you are interested you can contact @ 9940518075.

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    1. Please wats app photos of kombai

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    2. kindly wats up me bro, i need kombai. am from chennai my ct 8122043124

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  10. Hello sir its very useful for us to identify the real breeders & toknow Our Indian Breeds. I Want a Pair Of Chipiparai Brindle Pups kindly Contact me At 9843879687

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  11. I need pair of chipipari and also pair of kombai....i am from erode, is there any availability...please call me....8526067492 or 8754534439

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  12. Hello sir ,i need a pair of pure rajapalayam dog with kci certificate.if it is available means ,please feel free to mail to this address muthusivaa87@gmail.com

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  13. Prakash Kannan : Great work and nice to see your love for Indian breeds. I am in the look out for bringing home (Bangalore) a Kombai male pup. There are too many out there on the net, i have been calling and emailing most of them with no good response. Will keep you all posted if i do manage to bring home my kombai :-), in case any of you happen to own a kombai pup and like to sell him you can contact me @ prakashkmails@yahoo.com

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  14. Prakash Kannan : Great work and nice to see your love for Indian breeds. I am in the look out for bringing home (Bangalore) a Kombai male pup. There are too many out there on the net, i have been calling and emailing most of them with no good response. Will keep you all posted if i do manage to bring home my kombai :-), in case any of you happen to own a kombai pup and like to sell him you can contact me @ prakashkmails@yahoo.com

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  15. Hi Prakash,
    Did u find a combai???? Please let me know....

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  16. Hi Prakash,

    Did u find a combai?? I am searching for the same... Please let me know...

    Let us create a group in social network like facebook/twitter for this purpose... What do you people say????

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    1. am also searching for kombai pure breed in chennai
      south indian dog breeds in chennai they are selling combai
      how to find is it a pure breed?

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    2. hi am also searching for kombai pure breed
      how much it cost
      and how to find is it pure breed?
      south india dog breeds in chennai they are selling kombai pups
      how to find it is pure
      any one selling pure kombai breed

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  17. Excellent. So many dog lovers. Great.

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  18. Nice to see so many dog lovers. Great.

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  19. HAI FRIENDS,
    I need pure breed of chippiparai and kombai pups. anyone else, pls send me any genuine link. 9952301019

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  20. I found a add on olx for kombai but on close examination i found its just a country with looks resembling to kombai.

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  21. Any one can help me to find a southindian pup pure bred

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  22. Great attempt !
    Anybody have tips to find a pure chippiparai puppy dog.

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  23. Awesome ...any one with south indian pups for sale

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  24. How can I be assured that the dog is truly a combai.

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  25. How can i contact Akhilesh Karikandathil?

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  26. I want a pure Kombai and i have been searching for quite a long time. How can i contact Akhilesh Karikandathil? Please contact me if you have an original puppy. The number is 9965370222.

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  27. Please check this group in Facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/323926381015559/

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  28. Do we have Kombai in Malaysia?

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  29. Really interesting. If any one having a Kombai, I'm interested . But should be authentic seller.

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    1. call me for info
      I have all country breeds
      rajapalayam
      cippiparai
      kanni
      kombai
      call me
      9444733660
      9597389105

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  30. Hi am parthiban i want to start the dog form so anybody have a pure breed dogs pls contact me
    My mobile number 9884308992

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    1. call me for info
      I have all country breeds
      rajapalayam
      cippiparai
      kanni
      kombai
      call me
      9444733660
      9597389105

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  31. Hello Guys.,

    Really I proud about you all. Because every one interested to growth our own breed dogs.


    I will ask for you all. Because I am coming from Theni DT. I know about all breeds.Because every place is very nearest for me. I will help you soon.

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  32. Hello Guys.,

    Really I proud about you all. Because every one interested to growth our own breed dogs.


    I will ask for you all. Because I am coming from Theni DT. I know about all breeds.Because every place is very nearest for me. I will help you soon.

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  33. I will leave a brake I will come again with own website with my blog.

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  34. I will leave a brake I will come again with own website with my blog.

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  35. Hi if purebred kombai pups are available pls contact me. I'm interested and from chennai. 9789013140

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  36. Hi if purebred kombai pups are available pls contact me. I'm interested and from chennai. 9789013140

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  37. hi friends I really apperishate ur time in collection the information
    I have all the dogs
    rajapalayam
    cippiparai
    kanni
    kombai
    mandai
    i am proud having these breeds
    call me if u want puppy's
    saravanan
    9444733660
    9597389106

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    1. I need Rajapalayam puppies , brown colour with black eyes. Contact 9600286536, Coimbatore.

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  38. Need pure Kombai pl advise how to contact akhilesh?

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  39. Any pure kombai or Rajapalayyam breed in Mlaaysia?

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  40. Any kombai or Rajapalayam breeds in Malaysia?

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  41. If you have any of the following Indian breeds of dogs of sale, then head to http:// desihounds.in to post a free listing. It is free and exclusively for Indian breeds:
    Bakharwal Dog (a.k.a Bakherwali Shepherd Dog)
    Bejjo (a.k.a Kasari, Kuthcari )
    Bully Kutta (a.k.a Sindh Mastiff, Alangu Mastiff)
    Chippiparai
    Combai (a.k.a Kombai)
    Gaddi Kutta (a.k.a Mahidant Mastiff, Pahari Kutta, Indian Panther Hound)
    Indian Pye-Dog
    Jonangi (a.k.a Kolleti Jagilla )
    Kaikadi
    Kanni
    Kumaon Mastiff (a.k.a Indian Mastiff, Kumauni)
    Mahratta Greyhound (a.k.a Maratha Greyhound )
    Mudhol Hound (a.k.a Caravan Hound, Karwani, Pashmi (feathered variety) )
    Pandikona
    Rajapalayam (a.k.a Poligar Hound )
    Rampur Greyhound (a.k.a North-Indian Greyhound)
    Vaghari Hound
    Vanjari Hound

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  42. If have chippiparai black puppies please call this no 9894409097

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  43. I want chippiparai puppy..contact me 9791566547 ..from pondicherry

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  44. I need pure combai male puppy with KCI certifciate.. what will be the coast of the same.

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  45. i need combai pure breed male pup.. what will be the cost of the same & where can i get?

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    1. Vanakam, Please search for this group in Facebook. They have all the details you need.
      THE TAMILNADU KOMBAI DOG REVIVAL FOUNDATION

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  46. Good information Mr.Thevar..... Regarding Kombai Dog..the information was really amazing and new information for me. thanks for the info.....I am from Usilampatti....I am looking for original breed of this Kombai.....Kindly provide me the detail where it can be available thanks once again

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    1. Vanakam, Please search for this group in Facebook. They have all the details you need.
      THE TAMILNADU KOMBAI DOG REVIVAL FOUNDATION

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    2. Sir,
      Indian breed dog have any vaccination. Because my labrador dog died after the vaccines.so,i decide to buy one Indian breed dog. What will be I do. Pls give your opinion sir...

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    3. Sir,
      Indian breed dog have any vaccines

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    4. Sir,
      Indian breed dog have any vaccination. Because my labrador dog died after the vaccines.so,i decide to buy one Indian breed dog. What will be I do. Pls give your opinion sir...

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  47. I have need orginal kombai dog breed
    9095969845

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  48. Sir,
    I have one dought. Indian breed dog have any vaccination. Because, my labrador dog died after the vaccination. So, I will decide to buy one Indian breed dog for house pet.which Indian breed dog best in house pet. Tell your opinion pls...

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  49. I'm looking for Rajapalayam breed puppies in Coimbatore. Kindly contact 9600286536

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  50. I'M LOOKING FOR SIPPY PARAI ORIGINAL BREED IN POLLACHI. KINDLY CONTACT 9865699909

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  51. I am looking for pure kombai pup. what will be the cost and where can i get that puppies.. please reach me at 9962112121

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  52. I am looking for pure kombai pup. what will be the cost and where can i get that puppies.. please reach me at 9962112121

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  53. Dear friends i have an info for you. 20% of rajapalayam puppies will affected by hearing problem for the intersex breeding. For a say doctors told us dont get married on your close blood relations.this lead to this beautiful puppies hearing loss. Human want to make profit in everything.

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  54. I need kombai puppy, please let me know the cost. contact 9894569877

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  55. I need a pure Rajapalayam and Kombai puppy. I would like to know the availability and price of the puppies.My phone number is 9446820682/7559900682.email-drbobbyalexgeorge@gmail.com

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  56. Hi I am looking chippiparai original breed male and female both. my contact number 9738121911.

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