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Rajapalayam (White, Face)
White, Face

Breed Information


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Name Rajapalayam
Other names Poligar hound, Indian Sight-hound
Origin India
Breed Group Hound
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years






Height 25–30 inches (65–75 cm)




Litter Size 5-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $300 - $500 USD


Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

3 stars

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

The Rajapalayam needs a daily walk or jog. These dogs are energetic and lively and are in their glory when allowed to romp and play, especially if their owner or a companion dog joins in the fun.


2 stars

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: Unknown


3 stars

Ranking: (N/A) Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

1 stars


2 stars

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.

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Rajapalayam Puppy (White, Face)
White, Face

Rajapalayam dog Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Chloe
02 Charlie Bella
03 Toby Sasha
04 Murphy Luna
05 Louie Abbie
06 Tucker Annie
07 Jackson Penny
08 Oscar Stella
09 Sammy Maggie
10 Bailey Lexi
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Rajapalayam dog is a large dog, usually measuring about 65–75 cm (25–30 inches) at the withers. It is a hound, and therefore should be kept in optimum working condition. The most prized colour is milk white, with a pink nose and golden eye. In the past, puppies of colour were usually culled from the litters since the owners preferred the pure white dogs. The coat is short and fine. An extremely handsome and graceful dog, the Rajapalayam has a gait similar to the trotting of a thoroughbred horse.

The Rajapalayam was used predominantly for hunting wild boar and as a formidable guard dog.They are sight hounds by nature but it was proved that by a little training they can be also a Scent hound. All depends on the trainer. It needs wide open spaces and is very affectionate and devoted towards its owner, although not always demonstrative. They do not usually like to be touched or handled by strangers and are known to be one-person dogs. Rajapalayams are largely aggressive and hostile towards strangers, and will attack intruders. Socialization in puppyhood is important. They usually do not get along well with other pets like cats, owing to their strong hunting instincts.


Rajapalayam hounds were primarily bred and used by Nayakar dynasty of Tamil Nadu, it is speculated by some researchers that the Rajapalayam may have been one of the dogs used in the breeding of the modern Dalmatian. The Rajapalayam dog was used during the Carnatic Wars and Polygar War to attack the British cavalry in battle as Rajapalayams were very fast, strong and aggressive in attacking the opponents. It is also believed that 4 Rajapalayams once saved the life of their master fighting against a tiger and killing it bravely many years ago near a forest in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. They are largely used to guard the rice fields, houses and farms. In the last two decades Indian Army started using them as guard dogs to support the army in the borders of Kashmir.

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