He is not recognized by the F.C.I.
|The Mandai Sheephound, also known as the Ramnad Combai, is found in the Ramanathapuram district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and in the adjacent regions of Palani, Sirumalai and Udumalai. This is an ancient breed, said to have evolved from the now extinct Poligar Hound hunting breed.
The Sheephound Mandai is taller and heavier than other typical sighthounds, with good broad legs and a deep chest. The short coat is gray, brown, fawn with white markings on the head at the nose and underneath, gray with white markings, black, white and piebald. Gray is the most popular color. Solid colors may have a white line running down from the forehead to the top of the nose. Ears are floppy, pricked or semi-floating. The tail is long and tapered or sickle-shaped. The eyes are almond-colored.
The Mandai Sheephound is a hunter and shepherd dog by nature, used as a herdsman in Tamil Nadu to protect flocks from leopards, wild boar and other wild animals. A fast runner who takes his work seriously. A very intelligent breed that is always ready to protect the herd and the master and his family. A big hunting dog with good watchdog instincts. Early socialization is essential to get along with strangers, other dogs and pets.
The Mandai is a very healthy and robust breed, with few health problems.
This herding dog does best in farmland, but can live in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.
When not working as a farm dog, the Mandai Sheephound must be walked every day.
The Mandai is a short-haired dog that needs little grooming. This breed is a moderate excreter. Height at withers : Males : 66-73 cm, some males can reach over 76 cm, females 58-66 cm.
Weight : Males : 32-36 kg, females : 24-31 kg.