The Rampur Greyhound is a native dog breed indigenous to the Rampur region of northern India, developed by the Nawab of Rampur by combining the blood of the Tazi ( Afghan Hound) and the English Greyhound. Belonging to the group of sight hounds, this breed has a wide, muscular built characterized by a flat skull, pointed nose, high set ears arranged in a rose pattern, large, hare-shaped densely webbed foot, flexible toes, a long and tapering tail which is curved slightly upwards. Its immense speed similar to the English Greyhound, high level of endurance and sharp sight are noted features.
|Other Names||Rampur Hound, North Indian Grey Hound|
|Coat||Short and smooth|
|Colors||Mouse gray, grizzle, parti-color, brindle, fawn, white and black|
|Group ( of breed)||Hounds,Sighthounds|
|Lifespan ( Expectancy)||13 to 14 years|
|Height and Size||Big; Males: 24 to 30 inches; Females: 22 to 24 inches|
|Weight||60 to 65 Lbs|
|Litter Size||6 to 9 puppies on an average|
|Temperament/ Personality||Intelligent, Loyal, Affectionate, Sensitive, Gentle, Alert, Boisterous|
|Good with children||Yes, though supervision is needed especially for the younger ones|
|Climate Compatibility||Can adapt to varying climatic conditions|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||Unknown ( Few of them being registered in other parts of the world like New Jersey in U.S.A.|
|Country of Origin||India|
The breeding of these dogs was initiated by Ahmad Ali Khan, the Nawab of Rampur during the beginning of the 20th century, for the purpose of developing a fierce and agile breed which would be his hunting companion. Thus, by combining the Afghan Hound, which had a ferocious and fearful disposition as well as the English Greyhound which was obedient, though less tolerant to the extreme climatic conditions he created this new breed which he named as the Rampur Hound. It possessed the tough and rugged character of the Afghan hound and took to the English Greyhound as far as its speed was concerned.
Because of its prey hunting ability, it was used by the Maharajas for hunting jackals as well as a host of other animals like lions, panthers, tigers, and leopards.
However, its popularity decline after 1947 as the Maharaja’s power was gradually declining and hunting too ceased to be a preferred passion. At present, they are almost at the edge of extinction with a few of them known and registered in places outside India. In fact, being mostly used by the rural population in the present times, their usage is confined to that of a working breed used for controlling pests as well as retrieving big games during a hunting spree.
They enjoy the company of human beings also displaying a large amount of affection towards their owners and being immensely protective towards its family.
The Rampur Hound seems to be a one-owner dog, mostly obeying and following commands of a single master.
Like other sighthounds, this breed too has an affinity towards cleanliness and loves to keep itself well groomed and tidy.
They seem to have an amusing personality as sometimes they are lazy and laid back, but they can also be on their heels, fully charged when needed.
They are gentle and a perfect playmate for children of the family, though supervision is required as these rambunctious dogs might knock over the little ones unintentionally probably out of excitement and enthusiasm.
In spite of their friendly nature, they might also be reserved, and take time to get acquainted with a new person or surrounding.
Keeping their protective nature in mind, they may not easily mingle with strangers and will do so when well socialized. If they feel that the unfamiliar face is posing a threat to their owners in any way, they will go to the extent of attacking them. This trait of theirs probably makes them a perfect guard dog.
They may not get along well with other dogs (especially strange ones) as they tend to get into a tiff with the latter. As the hunting and chasing instinct is intently inherent in them, they are even not a good option to be kept along with small furry noncanine pets.
They possess a unique sense of sight which is mainly because of their eye position that assists them to have a 270 ° field of vision.
Because of its lean body stature, it would not be able to sleep on hard surfaces, thus needing soft bedding without which they might have the chance of developing skin sores.
It would not be difficult to train these dogs as they are quick learners.
Feed them proper quality dry dog food and make sure that their diet is richly loaded with other nutrients too. Giving them a diet high in Vitamin A would help in minimizing chances of skin problems.