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GENERALBreed group: Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Hunting, Sighting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: unknown Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Caravan Hound is also known by other names such as Mudhol Hound, Lahori Pashmi and Pisuri Hound. Originating in the Deccan Plateau of Western India, this rare breed outside its place of birth is believed to be the result of cross breed between different hound breeds like Saluki and Afghan Hound, brought in the area by the Arabs, Afghans, Pathans, Persians and Mangols through Khyber Pass when coming to India. The dog is tall and light with a height between 26-29 inches. The Caravan Hound should convey an impression of a beautifully balanced conformation of muscular power, grace and symmetry. The body is capable of great speed and endurance, coupled with strength to capture its query over deep sand or rocky mountains. The head is wedge-shaped, long and narrow with a moderately wide skull between the ears coupled with a tapering muzzle. Eyes are oval shaped and set obliquely. Color ranges from black to hazel. Nose is large and may be black or silver coloured. Ears are moderate in size and hang close to the skull. The neck is long and muscular. Forelegs are straight and well-boned while hind quarters appear wide and muscled. Back is long, broad and well-muscled with wide and deep loin and strong and deep chest. The belly is tucked in. Tail is strong at the base, set low and carried in a natural curve. The coat comes in two varieties; the smooth variety which has fine and close coat without feathering and the feathered variety which has a coat of silky texture, featuring feathering on the ears, legs, back of the thighs, between hock and heel and underside of the tail. All colours or combination of colours accepted.
All colours are acceptable but the dog is found mostly in colours which help it camouflage in the area where it is operating such as fawn, fellow, red, cream or any of these colours broken with white.
The Caravan Hound has two coat varieties. One is smooth, fine and short coat without any feathering and the other is feathered variety which has a silky texture with feathering on ears, legs, backs of thighs, between the hock and heel and on the underside of the tail.
The Caravan Hound is above all a working breed that likes to perform its assigned duties regularly. The dog has been bred for hunting and not for companionship and that is what it is; a true hunting dog that is very loyal and friendly to its master but aloof and wary of strangers. The dog is brightly intelligent, very capable hunter under most torrid of conditions, which can decimate most other dog, and independent. It is neither aggressive nor shy, friendly to its master or the people it knows but very standoffish towards strangers, preferring not to be patted by them. It is a graceful, courageous and elegant breed that is used to hunt and kill different types of game; from hare to black buck. The dog needs training and socialization from young age. A properly socialized dog will make an excellent companion. Though very reserved with strangers, the dog is a different story all together when it comes to the people it knows. It will greet its master and family with jumping, licking and pawing. The dog is a reasonable watchdog and will protect its property and owner.
Smooth type coat needs very little grooming, may be none. The feathered type coat will need to be brushed once a week.
The key to training a Caravan Hound (or any other dog for that matter) is to win confidence and respect of the dog and to establish trust and leadership role. The dog will become responsive if it sees the trainer as its packleader. Training should be gentle yet firm, consistent and done with patience. It is a very bright dog breed and will learn quickly with right training methods.
Being a sight hound, the Caravan dog will need lots of exercise as it is habitual of lots of physical and mental work. The dog will need to be taken for long walks, would love to run and play freely in open areas and most happy when asked to do some job which it is capable of doing. It is not a dog for apartment or small house owners and needs large open spaces to run and play.