Mudhol Hound

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
India
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Caravan Hound
Karwani
Lahori Pashmi
Pashmi
Pisuri Hound

Brief historical summary

When foreign invaders first set out to conquer India, they brought their pet dogs with them. Many of these breeds, such as the Saluki, Sloughi and Greyhound, were exchanged as gifts between Indians, Persians and Turkish kingdoms, and the origin of the Mudhol hunting dog is probably from these dogs. During this period, these dogs took on the name of the region in which they lived. The Mudhole Hound was the name given to these dogs in the northern areas of Karnataka (particularly the area of which Bijapur, Mudhol was a feudal state) and the southern areas of Maharashtra. History has it that Sri Srimanth Raja Maloji Rao Ghorpade introduced a couple of hunting dog puppies to King George V. His Royal Highness therefore decided that these Mudhol puppies would be called Mudhol Hounds. Dogs loyal to Chatrapathi Shivaji were buried near his own tomb in Raighad. The dogs depicted bear an exact resemblance to the Mudhole Hound. There is also the story of hunting dogs belonging to Shahuji Maharaj that fought and killed a tiger that had attacked the king.

General appearance

Similar to a greyhound but smaller in size. Refined and graceful in appearance.

Behaviour / temperament

The Mudhol is a robust dog and a lively hunter. But it has an independent temperament, and males sometimes tend to attack. They need exercise and movement. It cannot be controlled in confined areas. It is ideal for hunting, although it can also be a good companion and guard dog.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Small in proportion to the body.
Skull
Long and narrow. Flat and moderately broad between the ears.
Stop
Not pronounced.

Facial region

Muzzle
Long and tapering.
Jaws and teeth
Sharp teeth, strong jaws and perfect scissor bite.
Eyes
Brown or hazel, oval-shaped. Set obliquely. They give the dog an intelligent expression.
Ears
Thin, medium-sized, mobile and triangular. Worn flat and close to the head.

Neck

Long, arched and well muscled.

Body

Body
Muscular, with powerful spine. The hip bones are fairly distant and moderately angled.
Back
Fairly broad.
Chest
Long and deep, with a spacious thorax and ribcage well tucked into the abdomen.

Tail

Long and in line with the body. Sometimes carried low.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Long and well muscled.

Hindquarters

Generality
Long and well muscled.

Gait and movement

Walks effortlessly, giving the impression of flight. Its hindquarters give it excellent propulsion.

Coat

Hair
Thin, smooth and glossy.
Colour
Generally black or tan, but some have stripes of other colors.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males around 56 centimeters, females around 51 centimeters.
Weight
Males weigh up to 20 kg and females around 15 kg.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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