In spite of its graceful and appealing appearance the Rajapalayam was actually renowned for its ferociousness and aggressive nature. The breed owes its extreme bravery and outstanding physical characteristics to thorough and strict selective breeding. Such a careful approach to breeding, rearing and training made it a truly multifunctional dog. It earned favour with Indian nobility as a tremendous hunter of wild boar. The breed combined its superb working traits with well-balanced disposition and usually also played the role of a lively companion animal. The great advantage of this dog was its simple tastes when thing concerns its nourishment. Actually it could accommodate to a vegetarian diet and live long and well.
At some point the Rajapalayam became exceedingly rare and its complete extinction was considered as almost inevitable. The Kennel Club of India took responsibility for its rehabilitation and launched the project, which was aimed to revive the interest for the breed. This canine organisation founded breeding centres in Saidapet (Chennai) in 1980-81. In order to further promote the recognition of the Rajapalayam the image of this dog appeared on postage stamps. Decades of hard work paid off and today the breed enjoys well-deserved popularity as a home pet and guardian of property across its native India. Though this dog can be barely found outside its homeland and hasn’t yet acquired any international acknowledgment.
The Rajapalayam generally perceives all strangers as possible threats to its family. This dog is known for its almost supernatural sensitivity to ominous signs written in facial expressions and gestures of unfamiliar people. That’s why it can decipher the difference between a friend and a foe at a moment’s notice. Thanks to its formidable appearance and protective nature the Rajapalayam usually becomes a fabulous guard dog. Supreme vigilance also makes it a great watchdog, which will reliably warn its master of any suspicious person in the vicinity of its subordinated territory.
The Rajapalayam has good reputation with other canine animals if it has been early and properly socialised. It is recommended though to keep it alongside with the dog of similar demeanour and physical strength. The breed retains much of its prey drive so it’s rather aggressive towards other species of animals. The household cat with which this dog has reared since an early age won’t be harassed or otherwise bothered. However some individual specimens will never put up with existence of other non-canine pet in the household.
• skin problems.
It is essential to inspect dog’s paws and ears after each and every hunting expedition for the signs of various debris and external parasites. Of course the dog’s ears should be regularly cleaned regardless whether it has hunted or not. Nails must be clipped minimum every two weeks.
Be mindful that the Rajapalayam painfully reacts to the change of the original handler and can even refuse to oblige to an unfamiliar person. The dog doesn’t respond to harsh training techniques and can become unmanageable and even aggressive if it senses unfair treatment. That’s why it’s wise to encourage it to work only with positive reinforcement, which stresses on food incentives.
However an apartment dweller will have to invest the great amount of its private time in satisfying the Rajapalayams’ exercise needs. The dog of its size can become incredibly destructive and annoying if it lacks necessary outlets for excessive energy.