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Bred to be your sentinel!

Country of Origin: India

Dog Group: Hound

Origin of Name: The Rajapalayam as the name suggests, draws its name from the small town of Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu, which is located in the Virudunagar district of Tamil Nadu. This was the birthplace of this breed.


A bit low

Monthly keeping cost




Tendency to Bark:


Breed Info

Life Span-9 to 10 years


About Rajapalayam:
This is one of the few Indian bred pedigree dogs that has been developed in the country and is almost on the verge of extinction now; there are just a few pockets at present in Tamil Nadu that have the presence of this breed. In the recent times there have been a lot of efforts that are being made to encourage the breeding and popularize them in the country.

The Rajapalayam was bred to be a vivacious hunter who had a huge appetite to please his or her master. They were developed to hunt for wild boar and other small prey. They make excellent guard dogs for the family. They are vary of strangers and their large size can intimidate almost any intruders coming into your home. You have to keep in mind that these are fearless sentinels will not like to be petted or even touched by strangers on the contrary they can charge towards strangers if they find them threatening.

These dogs have been used since time immemorial to guard rice fields, houses and farms and have legendary stories around them as well. One of the stories say that four Rajapalayams together saved the life of their master by killing a tiger. Their fierce loyalty and guarding potential has seen them being deputed as guard dogs in the borders of Kashmir by the Indian Army.

Rajapalayam is their milky white coat that is almost a standard for the breed. This is one of those few breeds who do not come in a multiple colors but a standard white only coat.


Visits to Groomer-Low



Tolerance to heat- Basks in it

Tolerance to cold-Need warmth

Exercise Requirement- Lots

Hair & Coat

Under Coat-No


Coat Type-Short and dense

Hair Length-Short

Hair Density-Sparse


Rajapalayams are generally a healthy breed but you have to remember when getting a puppy home that almost all and every breed has a chance of developing genetic disorders and they can also catch any of the common diseases.



Mange and dermatitis


Rajayapalam may not be the right breed for younger children but they bond well with the older children and are warm and affectionate towards them. Your Rajayapalam might do well with other dogs but will not be tolerant towards smaller pets because of their high prey drive. This breed has an abundant of energy and will need regular exercise to ensure agility and give its mind the required stimulation. So, they are not the perfect breed to keep in an apartment.

Training & Intelligence
Rajapalayam will not be a difficult dog to train. These are intelligent breeds but the most important thing to be kept in mind is that it has to be only one person who trains this breed i.e. the training program has to be started and ended by the same person. The dog does not react well if the original trainer is changed.

It's very important to start training your Rajapalayam as soon as you get him or her home as it is never too early to train them.

Litter Size-5 to 8 puppies (approximately)

Complication in Breeding-No

A dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vet’s help is advisable. You just sit back and enjoy the company of six to eight adorable little puppies. An average litter size of the breed.

Dog Breeds Database Reference: Dogbreedinfo.com, dogtime.com, dogspot.in, akc.org.

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