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The Chippiparai is a sight hound breed of dog from the south of India. Thought to be a descendant of the Saluki,
today it is found in the area around Periyar Lake. It is
used primarily for hunting wild boar, deer and hare. It is said to be an
excellent hunter, and is also used for guarding the home.
The typical color is a silver-grey, with very limited or no
white markings. Other colors, particularly variations of grey and
fawn, also occur. This is a handsome dog, tall (27-32 inches at the
withers) and powerful. It
has a short coat that is very close; on the whole the coat if kept
groomed has a shine on it. A shining, shell-like appearance is
greatly desired. This kind of coat makes it ideal for hot climates.
This hound is also less prone to ticks and fleas,
with their short coat providing easy detection. The overall
appearance is very similar to that of the Sloughi, or the Rampur Hound.
The Chippiparai is a robust animal needing little or no
veterinary care. It does need lots of exercise, as it was and is a
breed meant to hunt.Chippiparai is a intelligent breed and a
wonderful watch dog. Contrary to the belief that it is a one man
dog,Chippiparai gets along well with people if it is properly
socialized.Chippiparai loves human companionship and it hates to be
in isolation. It is capable of great speed and can overtake a hare with ease. The Chippiparai is a
treat to watch and, when seen running, it is a breathtaking
spectacle, almost floating through air. It is not a fussy eater,
and eats to live and not vice versa. It is easy to groom and does
not shed much due to its short coat length.
The breed is rare in dog
show circles and the blood line may be lost soon if steps are
not taken to ensure its survival. It does not cost much in its
native regions and with some attention and breeding programs the
breed can be revived.