name = Kanni
country = India
The Kanni, which means
maiden, is a rare indigenous South Indian dog breedfound in the state of Tamil Nadu. The breed is a further extension of the Caravan or Mudhol Hound, and is also a descendant of the Saluki. However, the Kanni does not possess the grand features of these breeds. It is used mainly for hunting.
In general appearance, the Kanni is similar to a smooth-coated Saluki or a Doberman Pinscher with natural ears and tail. The dog is usually black and tan in colour, perhaps with limited white on the feet and chest. There also exists a cream-coloured variety of the breed, which is known as "Paalakanni". The Kanni is agile, slim, graceful, and moderately built, with a deep chest and slim body. The dog stands about 25 inches at the
withers, the bitch about 22 inches.
The Kanni is found in and around
Tirunelveli, Pollachi, Kovilpatti, Kazhugumalai, Kileral, Kodangipatti, Sivakasi, and Madurai. It is said that the name Kanni ( which means Unmarried Girl) comes from the fact that the dog used to be given as a gift to the bridegroom just before the marriage. In fact, it was in the list of dowryitems offered to the groom. They are usually of four colours, brown, cream, black & tanand brindle. The Kanni is kept by families who do not sell them but may gift them if a promise is made to look after them well. They are not allowed to roam on the streets and brought up as pet animals. They are given a diet of milk in the morning, corn porridge in the afternoon and a "Ragi" porridge in the evening. Meat is given once a week or once a month only.The breed is now extremely rare, and on the verge of extinction. Efforts to revive the breed have not been taken up, as specimens are few, and there exists little information about them.
* [http://www.rajapalayamdogs.org/kanni.htm rajapalayamdors.org] - pictures from Rajapalayam dogs
* [http://www.rajapalayamdogs.net/breeds4.html Breed description] - maintained by a kennel
* [http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/mag/2005/01/09/stories/2005010900860800.htm News article]
* [http://www.dogsworld4india.com An Indian Site Dedicated to Dog Breeding & the sport of dog showing in India]
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