After 15 years, the Dog Breeding Unit (DBU) of the Animal Husbandry department in Saidapet is all set to breed Kanni dog bred, a rare south Indian sighthound dog. Kanni, the native dog breed is also known as the Maiden’s Beastmaster. Puppies will be put for adoption in the next 3 months.
In November 2016, 3 Kanni puppies, each of one month were procured from a breeder in Virudhunagar. Now, at present, the dogs are ready to reproduce. Currently, the Dog Breeding Unit (DBU) has a male and two female Kannis. In addition to it, there are 7 Rajapalayams and 3 Chippiparais.
All the breeding process will be laid down according to the rules by the central government. A. Gnanasekaran, Animal husbandry director said that for the native dog breeding programme, the department has developed a standard operating procedure. The mating of male and female dogs are allowed only when they are one-and-a-half years old. Incest is avoided and only out mating is done at the unit, he said.
Canines are under proper care
To keep the canines healthy, they provided feed to the Kanni and other breeds twice a day. The quantity of the food is according to their body weight, said Gnanasekaran. The unit maintains a breeding history and treatment sheets of all the dog bred for reference.
The unit has allowed three hound breeds to socialise in a 5,500sqft play area in the morning and in the evening. The dogs are taken out on a 30-minute routine every day. Tick control measures have been adopted to keep parasites at bay, Gnanasekaran said.
Reference: The Times Of India
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