|Country of origin
|Breed not currently recognized by the major kennel clubs.
The Rajapalayam is an
Indian breed of
dog. It was the companion of the
royalty and aristocracy in Southern India, particularly in the town from where
it gets its name. It is also known as the Paleiyakaran or Poligar
It is a large dog, usually measuring about 30
centimeters) at the
withers. It weighs around
120 lb (55
kg) and bears a slight
resemblance to the
Great Dane.The most prized colour is milk white, with a pink nose and golden
eyes. However, other colours including spotted or solid, black and brown, are
known to occur. In the past, puppies of colour were usually culled from the
litters since the owners preferred the pure white dogs. The coat is short and
fine.The Rajapalayam was used predominantly for hunting wild boar and as a
formidable guard dog. He needs wide open spaces and is very affectionate towards
Future of the breed
The pure Rajapalayam is more or less extinct, and only a few are to be found
in isolated pockets around southern
Tamil Nadu. The
breed may vanish all together if something is not done soon to revive it.
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