The Mahratta Greyhound is a rare breed of dog, and is typically known only within the limits of the native area of Maharashtra. If you have ever seen a Saluki and the beautiful silky coat, this breed may remind you of it. Having great strength and rocket-speed, this dog is also an excellent sighthound. Of tan and very dark bluish color, this sighthound is quite an attractive dog. Sighthounds are typically kept as pets in today’s day and age, but they were and still are primarily used to hunt. They are over 5,000 years old, and today they hunt just as well as their ancestors. They rely on their sense of smell and their lightning speed, as well as their strength.
Mahratta Greyhounds are very intelligent and very intuitive. They are wonderful with people, especially those who need a little assistance in therapy, for comfort, in healing, and for those who could use much needed cuddles and companionship. Animal assisting, or animal therapy, is a very popular way for children and adults to get what they need in terms of stimulation, communication, and for keeping calm. Many hospitals, nursing homes, and in-home care situations use animal therapy to meet the needs of the patients.
Lure coursing is a perfect way to stimulate your sighthound. It basically mimics the chase and keeps them speeding after what they can see. Finding their target and chasing it down is one thing a Greyhound loves the most, and in cases where that cannot happen, lure coursing is the next best thing. This well-known sport uses a lure, with what looks like a real animal attached. This lure is pulled at a very fast speed, with “animals” attached and the dogs run after it, keeping their eye on the “prey”. The course is very large, like a big field, about the size of a half mile or so. This may vary depending on the course and how it is laid out. The mission of the dog is to stay focused on the lure and finish the course.
Dogs are natural runners and are often at their happiest when doing so. Running keeps them fit and helps them maintain a healthy weight. Taking your pup for a run around the neighborhood can be fun but for the ultimate running experience, find a field that is safely enclosed and let them loose there! Dashing and sprinting in a field will allow your four-legged runner to set their own pace and avoid injury; fields offer varying terrain, exciting sights and smells, and plenty of opportunity to burn energy. Your dog can enjoy a field in almost any type of weather, and the activity is easy on the pocketbook, too.
Tug of War is a classic game that never goes out of style. Tugging on a knotted rope or similar safe toy is very stimulating for dogs. Be sure not to pull too hard or jerk it all of a sudden so your dog doesn’t hurt their teeth or jaws!
See if you can take your sighthound up to your local school’s track. You may not be allowed to do so due to rules, but it doesn’t hurt to just call your local school and ask. As long as you take a scooper and bag for when a potty break is needed, you may be allowed. How exciting it would be to watch your dog take off around the track!
Mahratta Greyhounds, although typically only found in the native area of India known as Maharashtra, are relatives to the Greyhound that we know. They have all of the characteristics of sighthounds, and as beautiful and gentle as they are, they sure are a sight to see! If you are lucky enough to own this rare breed you will want to cater to their special exercise requirements. Try out these activities and see how much your dog enjoys them!