The Rajapalayam is a large sighthound originating in Tamil Nadu state of India. It closely resembles Miniature Great Dane in strong body conformation that exudes immense strength. Primarily used to hunt wild boar, this breed has been a favorite choice of noblemen of India. Though present since 17th century, its exact origin is still unknown but this dog is speculated to have a great influence in the development of the Dalmatian dog breed although it has not be proven scientifically or otherwise.

The Rajapalayam is a large hound that stands between 25-30 inches and weighs about 48-55 lbs. The trademark features of a Rapalayam is a broad muscular chest, tucked up waist, pristine solid white coat, a pink nose and golden colored eyes. The facial structure and graceful gait, that is similar to a thoroughbred horse, give this dog an elegant demeanor. It comes with a dome shaped head, hanging ears, dark brown eyes and whip-like slightly curled tail. The coat is short and coarse except on head where it is soft. Most favored colour is milk white as black, brown and spotted dogs were culled, resulting in an all white Rajapalayam with pink nose and golden eyes.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.

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