Rajapalayam dogs have their origin roots in India. They have two other names which are Poligar hound and Indian sight-hound. There was a dynasty called Nayakar in Tamil Nadu, this dynasty bred and used these canine species. This breed was used against the British cavalry in Carnatic and Polygar war, because of their agility, being strong and aggressive towards their target. There is a story of Rajapalayam’s bravery; four Rajapalayams fought against a tiger to save their owner and killed that tiger nearby a forest in the district Virudhanagar in Tamil Nadu in south India. This canine also well-known for guarding farms, fields of rice and houses. They also made their way to the heart of Indian Army and used by them for guarding Kashmiri border.
It falls under large canines’ category, around 65-75 cm and has a short and fine coat. It needs some more space and is very loyal and dedicated to its owner. These bowwows, mostly, don’t like strangers and can attack them and known for being a one-person canine. Owners of Rajapalayam dog must start socializing it when it is a puppy. When it comes to behaving towards other animals like cats, this canine is not good at it due to having hunting potential skills.
As far as pure Rajpalayam dog’s future is concerned, they are very close to extinction. If no attempt is made to these species’ safety, then, they may vanish. A unit of dog breeding was founded at Saidapet in Madras in 1980-1981. The unit mainly raises some native species like Combai, Kanni, Chippiparai and Rajapalayam. Dog lovers must bring up native species of these canines and spread awareness regarding such issues. The Animal Husbandry Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu takes part in dog shows.