A man from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, is raising dogs of indigenous breeds that are on the verge of extinction. Kuttymani earns his living by protecting and raising dogs of indigenous breeds such as Kanni and Chippiparai. In general, purebred dogs from Tamil Nadu can run very fast and have been used for hunting for a long time. Currently, after the massive Jallikattu protest in 2017, young people are showing more interest in buying the indigenous breeds which include: Rajapalayam, Chippiparai, Kanni and Kombai.
Kuttymani says: “Our purebred dogs are easier to breed than foreign ones. Native breed dogs are very hardy and therefore the cost of maintenance will be lower. On average, our breeds have a useful life. 13 to 15. In addition, their longevity depends on the quality of their food intake, “said Mani. He added that he has 29 native breed dogs, including 19 puppies. He raises these dogs by selling the puppies and earns a living with them. He also claimed to be the sole supporter of the family. These purebred dogs were the biggest help during the confinement of the Covid-19 when he lost his job.
Amazing facts about native breed dogs
The name of places, southern Tamil Nadu boasts of indigenous races like Rajapalayam, Chippiparai, Kanni and Kombai. Like the Jallikattu bulls, the Tamil way of life follows the tradition of native dogs. From Indian army dogs trained to detect Covid-19 by sweat and urine samples, the native Chippiparai breed is one of them. Tamil Nadu’s proudest dog breed, Chippiparai and Kanni, was mentioned in Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
The number of local dog breeds such as Rajapalayam, Chippiparai, Alanku, Kombai, Malayeri and Kanni has been declining since the 1990s. With the ban on hunting, the breeding of these species has been slowly declining. It was during this period that foreign dog breeds had influence everywhere.
The desire and passion for “dog breeds” such as Pomeranian, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Great Dane and Buck cannot be said to have waned. The bitter truth is that purebred Indian dogs are one of the most neglected breeds in the world, as most people prefer to keep foreign dog breeds as pets. But lately, some celebrities have been raising and raising dogs of Indian breed, including actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu.
Although there are more than a thousand dog breeds in the world, only about 350 are recognized. Of these 350, seven are Indian breeds. In addition, among these seven races, Kanni, Kombai, Chippiparai and Rajapalayam originated in Tamil Nadu.
The Chippiparai race is said to derive its name from Chippiparai, a place near Madurai district, raised by kings who ruled long ago. Chippiparai was formerly used to hunt deer, pigs and other animals. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to sniff to target rabbits, pigs and other creatures that hide in nature. They are off-white, gray, dull brown and the legs are usually brown. His chest is dilated, while his abdomen is lowered and his legs slightly longer. Her body structure, which is bony and lean in sight, no matter how much food she eats, helps her run fast and catch animals.
Especially in the Thoothukudi area, people consider Chippiparai dogs to be one of the family members. These dogs are bred not only for domestication, but also to protect large farms and gardens. Chippiparai dogs can run faster than rabbits, meaning they can run at 60 miles per hour. These dogs are affectionate with humans and especially with their owner. The coat of these dogs is short and shiny. Therefore, these help to withstand the heat. They are sold at a cost of between 18,000 and 25,000 ₹. Chippiparai puppies, meanwhile, cost between 000 8,000 and 12 12,000. Chippiparai also took part in the search for a tiger last year.
The Kombai breed is known to be very aggressive, but at the same time very loyal and ideal for guarding. A kombai is enough to protect a farm. This breed is commonly found in the western Ghats of southern India. The body is earth red, the eyes, nose and forehead are black. A one-month-old Kombai puppy sells for between 5,000 and 6,000 yen.
Kanni is a dog breed known for its agility, speed and hunting skills. Commonly known as hunting dogs, Kanni dogs rely on their senses to hunt prey. These dogs are found in most parts of Tamil Nadu. Apparently, a one-month-old Kanni puppy usually costs between 8,000 and 10,000 ₹.
Rajapalayam is commonly found in southern Tamil Nadu. The name is derived from the place of origin – Rajapalayam, a place in Virudhunagar district near Madurai. Rajapalayam dogs are also known as “royal dogs” as they were strongly associated with the aristocracy during the reigns of kings and queens. This dog never changes owners. This race will be majestic and heroic in sight. The body is milky white and pink. The lobes of the ears are flexed and the legs are straight and firm. The head is small and the face has a needle-like structure. In general, the dog looks thin. A 30-day Rajapalayam puppy charges between .000 10,000 and .000 12,000.
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