If you are not from India, you will probably not know most of the dogs in this video. I will try to start with the better known breeds and gradually I will continue to the very rare ones. And i would personally say, that the Rajapalayam is probably the most famous of all Tamil Nadu breeds.
The Rajapalayam is a strong breed with stunning appearance. In the past, it was highly valued as a hunter and as a guard. They were most often used to hunt wild boars and other dangerous and big prey.
Just like majority of Indian dogs, the Rajapalayam is a sighthound, but it is more heavily build and muscular than a typical slender sighthounds. The Rajapalayam is definitely very strong dog with amazing high speed, showing great athleticism.
As i said, most of the Tamil Nadu breeds are sighthounds, and the Chippiparai is not an expcetion. And even though it is much leaner dog than the Rajapalayam, it is still a very strong hunter, most often hare hunter.
The Chippiparai is just built for speed with their slender body and long legs. They are not only hunters and thanks to their high intelligence and obedient nature they were also sucesfully trained to be okay police dogs.
Some people say, that Kanni and Chippiparai are the same dogs, but many experts and most online sources claim, that both dogs are distinct breeds. And even though they are very similar, some will say identical, there is one major difference and that is the coat color as the Kanni refers to black and tan and black and sable dogs.
And again, another sighthound from Tamil Nadu, which is again amazing at hunting, but very often also used for guarding and protection purposes. The Kombai is very strong dog, whose character is most often described as absolutely loyal, tolerant and affectionate towards its own people, but alert and watchful towards strangers.
The first four dogs in this video were relatively popular dogs. Now you will see several dogs that are virtually unknown outside Tamil Nadu and some of them are even close to extinction. The first one is Kattakal dog, also known as Kattai, which can be translated into english as short, and that is exactly what this dog is like! Short. It is multipurpose dog, which is great alert watchdog, talented small game hunter and also friendly family companion.
The Alunku is probably the most unique dog of this video, as it is a hairless breed. It is on the verge of extinction and the last dogs are believed to live along the Tamil Nadu and Kerala border. The Alunku is excellent alert and courageous guardian.
7) Ramanathapuram Mandai Dog
The Mandai dog is another sighthound, but they are not hunting only by sight, as they also have excellent sense of smell. Again, this is absolutely versatile breed, that was used for hunting, guarding, herding and of course, as loving family companion.
8) Malayeri Dog
The Malayeri, also known as Malaipatti, is extremely rare dog. Its name literally means mountain climber and indeed this is very athletic and agile dog capable of easily living in mountains. And just like all dogs in this video, even this dog is versatile worker, used for herding, hunting and livestock protection.
9) Sengottai Dog
This is one of the strongest Indian dogs, which has similar appearance as Rhodesian Ridgeback. And they need to be strong, as they were traditionally used to hunt down tigres!
10) Bully Kutta
Today, the Bully Kutta can be found all across the India, for example in Punjab, Delhi or Haryana, but it is believed, that they have their roots in Tamil Nadu, to be more specific, in Thanjavur and Tiruchi districts.
The Bully Kuttas name literally translates as heavily wrinkled dog and they are also known as Alangu Mastiffs.
It is very strong, alert and confident dog, that absolutely love its people and is devoted to them, but that is quite suspicious towards strangers, which makes it amazing strong guardian breed.