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Kanni
 
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Country of origin
India
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Classification and breed standards
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct
Notes
 

The Kanni, which means maiden, is an indigenous South Indian dog breed found in the state of Tamil Nadu. The breed is a further extension of the Mudhol Hound, and is also a descendant of the Saluki, but does not possess the grand features of these breeds.

Appearance

In general appearance, the Kanni is similar to a smooth-coated Saluki or a Doberman Pinscher with natural ears and tail. The dog is usually black and tan in colour, perhaps with limited white on the feet and chest. There also exists a cream-coloured variety of the breed, which is known as Paalakanni. The Kanni is agile, slim, graceful, and moderately built, with a deep chest and slim body. The dog stands about 25 inches at the withers, the bitch about 22 inches.

History

The Kanni is found in and around Tirunelveli, Pollachi, Kovilpatti, Kazhugumalai, Kileral, Kodangipatti, Sivakasi, and Madurai. It is used mainly for hunting. The Kanni was often given away as part of a bride's dowry. The breed is now extremely rare, and on the verge of extinction. Efforts to revive the breed have not been taken up as specimens are few and there exists little information about them.


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