The Sarail Hound is a legendary dog of Bangladesh, which is extremely rare these days. It is an unique sighthound with great hunting instincts. Just like all the sighthounds, their main skills when they are on the hunt are the extraordinary sight, big strength and very big speed. They are very precise, and it is said, that they can kill a rabbit in mid-air. They can also hunt larger animals without problems. The Sarail Hound is a very endurant and eneregtic dog with very high prey drive.
These dogs are not only great hunters, because they also create very loyal companions. They are not overly affectionate just like some other breeds, but they truly love their family and tend to be pretty protective over it. Sarail Hound is also pretty active and energetic dog, which will love to go on any outdoor adventure with you. They are also known to be tolerant and gentle towards kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed, with a very young child unsupervised.
The Sarail Hound is typically pretty alert and suspicious towards strangers. Thanks to that, they are naturally good watchdogs and can be trained to be good property guards and protectors. These dogs tend to be quite territorial and it can take a while before a complete stranger will gain a trust of this dog.
This is a dog breed for experienced dog owners who have enough time to train, socialize and exercise the dog breed. Because of their high energy, strenght and high prey drive, i would not recommend this dog for a novice. These dogs need experienced, patient and consistent trainer.
The Sarail Hound was favourite dog breed of many important and high ranking people in Bangladesh and Bengal. One of those people was Bongobir General Osmani, who once said about this breed this: There are not many breeds matching the speed and strength of the Sarail Hound
The body structure of Sarail Hound is compact, muscular and tough. Just like other sighthound, the Sarail Hound has relatively thin and long legs, which enables them to move very fast. On the first sight, this is very athletic, but also muscular dog breed.
These dogs have deep chest, long tail, folded ears and pointed mouth and muzzle. The Sarail dogs are typicaly found in combination of two colors, commonly black and white, brindle and white or brown and white. The coat is short, but pretty dense.
This is pretty big dog and their hight is normally between 23-28 inches, which is 58-72 cm and weight is typically between 20-35 kg, which is 44-77 pounds. Females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
There is only very limited information about history and origin of this breed, but it is very likely that they are descendants of arabic sighthounds, like Saluki or Azawakh, that were brought to the area of todays Bangladesh by Middle Eastern traders. These arabic sighthounds would crossbred with local wild dogs,
It is also very likely that other breeds played some role in the breeds development and those would include breeds like English Greyhound or Indian Rampur Greyhound.
Great fact about this breed is, that it is very easy to groom. Actually, even without any grooming, their coat will stay in great condition. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
Sadly, even though these dogs were quite popular back in the past, they are on the verge of extinction these days. It is believed that there is only few hundreads of real purebred Sarail Hounds. But there are some enthusiastic breeders, like brothers Rabidas, who are trying to save and revive the breed. Lets hope they will be succesfull and that the numbers of this legendary breed will grow once more.