28 May 2016

Canine Heritage of India 9.1.2005

“Dogs are man's best friend”
The release of stamps on Indian dog breeds marked the department's celebration of the canine heritage of India. A brief description of the four breeds depicted on the stamps is given below:-

(Rs15) Rajapalayam. The Rajapalayam, also known as a Poligar hound, is an Indian sighthound. It was the companion of the royalty and aristocracy in Southern India, particularly in its namesake town of Rajapalayam.

(Rs5) Mudhol Hound. The Mudhol Hound, also known as Caravan Hound is an Indian breed of dog of the sight hound type. The feathered variety is commonly referred to as a Pashmi. In the villages he is known as the Karwani. It is a common companion amongst village folk in India's Deccan Plateau, who use the dog for hunting and guarding.

(Rs5) Rampur Hound. The Rampur Greyhound is a breed of dogs native to the Rampur region of Northern India, which lies between Delhi and Bareilly. The Rampur hound is a large member of the sight hound family. In North West of India it is often described as a smooth-haired sighthound that is substantially built. It was the favored hound of the Maharajahs for jackal control, but was also used to hunt lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers. It was considered a test of courage for a single hound to take down a golden jackal. The Rampur is built to cover great distances at high speed but is also capable of great endurance.  

(Rs5) Himalayan Sheep dog.  The Himalayan Sheepdog, also referred to as the Bhote Kukur, is a livestock guardian dog that originated from Nepal. This mountain dog breed is closely similar to Indian Mastiff and the Tibetan Mastiff and may be related to the long-haired Kinnaur Sheepdog of Tibet. Naturally, Himalayan Sheepdogs enjoy outdoor lifestyles and are rarely seen beyond the regions of India and Nepal. As a powerful and robust breed, the Himalayan Sheepdog is mainly used for herding purposes. The Himalayan Sheepdog is regionally popular as both a loyal companion as well as a working dog.

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