Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 60-65 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Gray / Salt & Pepper, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 15 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Rampur Greyhound dog is a member of the sighthound family that originated from the Rampur region of Northern India. It is substantially built and is often described as a smooth haired sighthound in North West of India. The Maharajahs favored them from the sighthound family for their jackal control but the dog is also used for hunting other wild animals like tigers, lions, leopards and panthers. To take down a golden jackal was considered to test the dog's courage. The Rampurs are capable of great endurance as they are built to cover great distances at a very high speed. These dogs love human companionship. They are one-person dogs that owners should adopt and train from a very young age. Thus, owners should do their research on the dog before taking them in as this dog is not for the inexperienced dog owner. They are very loyal dogs that they make great watch and guard dogs. They require a lot of dedication for their size and exercise may take plenty of time. They need plenty of space and may not be happy with small space living. Grooming is fairly easy and should never be a problem but they will require a comfortable soft bedding to avoid their skin from developing sores.
The dog's coat color can be Brindle, Grizzle, Mouse-gray, Black, Fawn, White or Parti-color. Most owners prefer them in Black while the Gray and Grizzle coat color enables the dog to completely blend with the foliage and is best when the dog is hunting.
The dog's short coat gives it the appearance of a newly trimmed horse. They have a nice smooth coat with fine hair. It is short, as mentioned, and no feathering is noticed.
The Rampur Greyhounds are affectionate and friendly breeds by nature. They love their family so much and are one-owner dogs that they can be fiercely protective of them. Even as a hunting dog, it forms a close bond with their family but it will choose a family member to be its favorite person. As one-owner dog, once it chooses you to be its favorite, you surely have a friend to the end. As such, the dog makes a wonderful watch and guard dog. The dog is a playful breed making it a perfect breed choice for the very active owner. They will make an energetic playmate for children but because they are large dogs, they should never be left alone to play. This is because the dog tends to charge at their playmate at full speed and butt the playmate's chest during play. Thus, they can unconsciously hurt a small child. Early socialization is important for the dog as they have the tendency to start a fight with other dogs. As a hunting dog, they also could go after smaller house pets if their hunting instincts kick in.
The Rampur Greyhound is a very easy to groom dogs. Their short and smooth coat may not even need brushing. A damp chamois cloth rubbed on the dog's coat can keep it at its best condition. They are usually bathed in a river or in a pond after hunting with their owners, the Indian hunters. The breed is known to be generally healthy and free from any genetic diseases but it has also been known to be prone to esophageal achalasia, bloat and osteosarcoma. Given proper nutrition and care, sufficient exercise and regular visits to the vet, these dogs can live up to 15 years on the average. These dogs are not suitable in apartment or small space living as they need a lot of space where they can run and play. An average sized securely fenced yard should suffice. The dog is also lean and quite bony by nature; thus, the Rampurs should be provided with a comfortable, soft bedding to prevent them from developing sores.
The dog requires training as early as possible. Early socialization is also important as part of the dog's training since Greyhounds can become a bit shy when they reach adulthood. They should also go through obedience training and it must be done in a firm, consistent and positive manner without being harsh to make the training efficient.
These dogs need a lot of exercise daily as they are highly active dogs. Their energy needs to be drained. As with all dog breeds, play can drain excess energy; however, they will still need to satisfy their primal instinct to walk. Although they do most of their activity outdoors, they still need a large open space like a yard as the dog's exercise requirements is quite high. Thus, they are not mean to live in an apartment or a small space.