Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Jogging, Sighting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 50-65 pounds Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Banjara Greyhound is a lesser known dog breed. It is mostly found in rural Indian regions and is mostly used to hunt small game, guarding and herding. This breed was recently recognized by Continental Kennel Club (CKC) and has proposed breed standards. The Banjara Greyhound are large size dogs with long lean lines and long narrow muzzle. The head is long and narrow and held high. Eyes are almond shaped and dark in colour. Ears are feathered and carried flat on head. Nose is black and neck is long, strong and arched. It has a deep chest with spring in ribs. Back is straight and level from shoulders to the loin. Forelegs are strong and straight while hind legs are angulated. Moderate size feet are feathered generously as is its slightly curled tail. The body structure helps the dog attain a swift and agile disposition. The Banjara Greyhound has a height and weight in between 27-29 inches and 50-65 pounds respectively. This breed though recognized by CKC, is NOT recognized by AKC.
The Banjara Greyhound dog is found in black colour with blue or grey mottling.
The coat of this dog is very thick, dense and rough with silky texture.
The Banjara Greyhound is said to have speed of a Greyhound and stamina of a Collie. This working breed is a multi-utility dog providing skills such as hunting, guarding and even flock controlling. High spirited and very energetic, the dog is said to have originated by crossing of the Saluki with local Indian dogs. This dog has been an integral part of the Indian tribes, working as hunter, guardian and flock control dog for them. Despite its hunting nature, the dog has a relaxed and amiable temperament when not working. The Banjara Greyhound is a sighthound and is fast and strong. The dog is good with children as well as with other dogs. It does require socialization and obedience training.
The coat is low maintenance with once a week brushing being sufficient.
This dog needs a firm and confident trainer who can establish himself as dog's packleader. This working dog is used to working independently and may not suit a weak or feeble trainer or owner.
Highly energetic and free spirited, the Banjara Greyhound is a working dog and does need lots of exercise if it is not working. The dog would need large open space to run and play. It will love to do a job. This dog is best suited to rural setting though it can live in a house with a large yard. Not very suitable for apartment life.