Rampur Greyhound

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60-65 lbs
22-24"
Rampur, India
North Indian Greyhound

The Rampur Greyhound is a medium to large sighthound that was developed by Ahmad Ali Khan, the Nawab of Rampur, in the 18th or 19th century. This dog was used for hunting large and dangerous game that could include boars, jackals, and even lions. While the population of this breed has been slowly rising, they are still on the verge of extinction and are extremely difficult to find outside of India. Most of the remaining population of the Rampur Greyhound are still employed as hunting dogs and guard dogs in India and none of the major kennel clubs have officially recognized this breed as of yet. 

Purpose
Hunting
Date of Origin
Early 19th century
Ancestry
Tazi Afghan Dogs, English Greyhound

Rampur Greyhound Health

Average Size
Male Rampur Greyhound size stats
Height: 24-30 inches Weight: 60-65 lbs
Female Rampur Greyhound size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 60-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Problems
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Esophageal Achalasia
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Bone Biopsy

Rampur Greyhound Breed History

The Rampur Greyhound was developed by the Nawab of Rampur, Ahmad Ali Khan at some point during the tail end of the 18th century or in the early 19th century and he combined two sighthounds to create his new hunting dog. The Tazi, from Central Asia, were prized for their ability to hunt and kill wolves, but they were extremely independent-minded and could become aggressive on occasion. English Greyhounds are slightly calmer dogs who tend to be rather affectionate as well as being much easier to train. The resulting hounds were even more exceptional hunters than the Nawab had expected them to be, stalwart, strong, and fast enough to run down any animal but relatively tractable and obedient as well. They were frequently retained by Maharajas, the Royalty of India, and along with assisting on wild boar hunts, the Rampur Greyhound was utilized to run down wild animals like boar and jackals, as well as all sorts of wild cats, including leopards, panthers, lions, and tigers. When India won independence from Britain in 1947 both the Maharajas and the practice of hunting these animals lost popularity and so did the Rampur Greyhound. Lack of demand for a hunting dog in India created a precipitous decline in the Rampur Greyhound population  and the breed is currently on the verge of extinction, although their population has very recently started to rise. They are not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club and the majority of the remaining Rampur Greyhounds are working animals. They are practically unheard of outside of India, but there are a few that have been reported in the United States. 

Rampur Greyhound Breed Appearance

This is a fairly large dog, usually right around two feet tall at the withers, although they tend to be rather thin and aerodynamic. This dog breed is fairly representative of most sighthound breeds with a back that is slightly longer than their height at the withers, long legs that are thin but well-built, and a thin whip-like tail. They have a narrow skull with a narrow, tapered muzzle, but both the skull and muzzle are somewhat broader than that of the English Greyhound. Their oval-shaped eyes come in varying shades of amber and yellow and their ears are fairly long but they are typically folded back out of the way. These dogs do have rather distinctive webbed feet and extremely flexible toes, making them often exceptional at activities that include climbing and balancing. They come in many colors and many of them also sport white patches, frequently on the chest and paws. 

Eye Color Possibilities
amber Rampur Greyhound eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rampur Greyhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Rampur Greyhound coat
Fawn
white Rampur Greyhound coat
White
pied Rampur Greyhound coat
Pied
brindle Rampur Greyhound coat
Brindle
gray Rampur Greyhound coat
Gray
black Rampur Greyhound coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rampur Greyhound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rampur Greyhound Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements of the Rampur Greyhound are rather simple. Due to a distinct lack of doggie odor, these dogs only require bathing on an occasional basis, and a good brushing with a soft slicker brush, a rubber curry comb, or even a chamois one or two times a week in order to remove shed hairs and to ensure that the coat is shiny and healthy. Be sure not to brush too vigorously as this breed’s skin is thinner than usual and prone to damage. It is also important that dogs of this breed have a soft bed or something with a little additional cushioning to lie on as the thin skin of the Rampur is also more likely to develop bed sores. Giving your dog additional vitamin A may help to strengthen and protect the skin and brushing their teeth on a regular basis will help prevent dental disease from developing. 

Brushes for Rampur Greyhound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rampur Greyhound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rampur Greyhound Temperament

These dogs tend to be rather fastidious in their appearance and very affectionate towards their owners, but they can tend to be more of a one person dog than some other breeds. They are fairly gentle and sensitive towards the children in the family but can become rambunctious and are prone to knocking people over if they haven’t been properly trained. They do not tend to get along well with other dogs, but they do usually enjoy a good play session with another Rampur Greyhound, which sometimes consists of running at each other full bore for a rather intense chest bump. They do have a high prey drive and should be leashed at all times and they should not be left in the yard alone as they are prone to going over fences thanks to those extra flexible toes. They are fairly easy to train as they are both intelligent and obedient but can be distractible, particularly if fast moving objects are involved. 

Rampur Greyhound Activity Requirements

These dogs are very active and tend to have a higher level of endurance than most sighthounds. Not only should these dogs get daily walks or jogs of an hour or longer, they should be given the opportunity to run unencumbered, in a safe place like your backyard. They are typically quiet and clean indoors, and although they would typically be happiest with a yard to run in, they can adapt to apartment living for a short period of time as long as they are getting additional exercise outdoors. It is important not to let these dogs perform too many acrobatic stunts until their bones have fully matured. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Rampur Greyhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Rampur Greyhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rampur Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 43 lbs
Female Rampur Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 43 lbs
12 Months
Male Rampur Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 56 lbs
Female Rampur Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 56 lbs
18 Months
Male Rampur Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Rampur Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 62 lbs

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