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Old 08-20-2012, 01:36 PM
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Default Rampur Hound, other suggestions?

Has anybody ever heard of them? This might be reaching a bit, but has anybody ever met one?

I'm still on a mystical quest for a third dog that will mesh well with my two borzois. My favorite dogs to live with are still sighthounds, but my third dog requirement is that this one at least be a watchdog. The borzois are oblivious to people coming in and out of the house. So a dog that will be mad about strangers coming in the yard/inside would be awesome.

I considered a fila but decided not to get any LGDs until after Strider passes. He not exactly SSA, but he gets pretty offended by other males doing stuff that he lets toy dogs and females of any size get away with and with a big male dog it could easily turn into a bad fight. Also, I'll be renting for a while and renting with a LGD could be problematic.

Anyway, this is what I found about rampur hounds that was exciting to me:

http://rareindianbreeddogs.blogspot....ur-hound.html#
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Behavioral Pattern They are royale by nature and are very fond of human company particularly they love Children. Make sure if you have this breed at home do take care of your curtains or clothes, because as I said earlier they are royal by nature, they will not like to lie down on the floor, they have tendency to pull down curtain or clothes and will lie on it. They are also lazy by nature, their looks can be deceptive and strangers dare not trespass as they are known to be ferocious attackers and will not tolerate unknown faces.
Honestly, if one got along with the borzois it sounds like the perfect dog. A sighthound that's a watch/guard dog. Plus I bet one would be an AWESOME hunting buddy. The size is right on par with my borzois too, 28-31 inches
and 75-ish lbs.



Augh! There's even an illustration of two zois and a rampur! lol


From what I was able to find, the only rampuri in north america died in 2007 or so? I'd love to talk to someone who has met some who isn't trying to sell me a puppy. Also (hypothetically) does anybody know how difficult it would be to import a dog from India? I'm more familiar with importing from OZ or Europe.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:44 PM
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heard of them but that's it.
shouldn't be any different from importing from Oz except for cost.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:11 PM
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Have you met any of the tazi types they're based on? In all the stuff written about the breed history it talks about wild and crazy tazis that were crossed with English greys to make the breed. I've always been really interested in the landrace sighthounds in the middle east, so if there's a more protective strain of something out there it's definitely something I'd want to look into. Have you met any taigans?

I know modern afghans in the states are more vocal and sometimes protective. I just don't know of any that still hunt.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:18 PM
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no, but in a year or so if i'm lucky I might get the chance to see some real afghan tazis.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:24 PM
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Lucky! If you do you'd better take pictures.
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Tons of Afghans still course for hares. It's quite popular in the states but not a lot of people broadcast it becuase there are lots of people who have a problem with it, since it's just for sport and not food.
Plenty of Afghans are only to happy to make a racket when intruders appear. They might not want to tear them apart but they will put on a pretty impressive show! Have you considered Azawahks? I have talked to several people who own them and they are very standoffish and protective around strangers.

Here are is a group filled with sighthound people who know way more than I could ever hope too!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/122840451139904/
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:19 PM
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Awesome thank you! I remember my uncles old afghan being a really good guard dog, but he was also way out of standard (he was close to 30" at the shoulder). I'll check out that group.

Are azawakhs vocal about intruders? I've always loved them. Strider would protect me if a stranger tried to hurt me, he's really really oblivious when we're not on a walk. Last time someone tried to break in he slept through it (including the part where my sister started screaming) and continued to sleep through the part where the police came inside and talked to us for a while. He was only 15 feet away from them! Arrrgh! lol

Got an e-mail back from a taigan breeder today. They said protectiveness varies a lot by dog. Some dogs are really nervy and afraid of strangers, and will bark because they're scared but would never bite unless cornered. And then some are really brave and will stop a burglar coming into the house if their warnings are ignored.
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Afghans are very similar to many Taigans, though both Taigans and Tazi's vary from country to country. Guarding varies greatly from Afghan to Afghan but they are a breed that is always alert and watching. Their reaction just depends if they decide it's worth the bother to react
My first Afghan would have gladly tore a stranger from limb if they entered the house/yard/her personal space and tried more than once to disassemble my cousin! I have one now which is a whole lot of noise and teeth but it's mostly fear aggression
They do put on a scary show though!
Just something to consider but I have spoken to several people who have said that of all sighthounds they have ever owned, Borzoi's were the best fit with their Afghan hounds and always got along great.

As far as Azawahk's many people say they are by far the most primitive sighthound, both in looks and in temperament. They have no problem making their displeasure known, often vocally, but all my experience with them is mostly rescues so that may play into it.
Here are some Azawahk groups to check out (can you tell what my Facebook wall is made up of at any given time!)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/23712567182/?ref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/8304492137/?ref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Azawa...9197537?ref=ts
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they have tendency to pull down curtain or clothes and will lie on it. They are also lazy by nature
That sounds like Gavroche

I have never heard of the breed before, but they are beautiful! I love the look of most sighthounds, I swear one day I'll have one.
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Saeleofu, apart from not being able to let them off leash in open areas, many sighthounds are some of easiest breeds to own...I mean to be owned by
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