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Combai Boarhund

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Front side view - A brown dog with a long black muzzle and a black nose with small v-shaped fold over ears and a long tail that is being held up in the air standing on concrete next to a concrete wall. There is a bicycle behind it.

"Tiger is my Combai Boarhund shown here at 1 year and 7 months old. He is very well behaved and intelligent, although headstrong."—Owned by of Mr. KR Prakash, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Other Names
  • Combai
  • Combai Boarhound
  • Combai Boar Hound
  • Indian Boar Hound
  • Indian Boardog
  • Kombai
Pronunciation

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Description

The Combai Boarhund has powerful jaws. In Tamil Nadu in the province of India the Combai looks similar to some of the Indian Pariah dogs, but it is stockier. Its ears are pendant shaped folding over to the front in a v-shape. The shorthaired coat comes in tan or red brown with a black muzzle. It can have a small amount of black coloring on its feet and ears and a dark coloring along its back. A white patch on the chest is acceptable. Less common coat colors are piebald and brindle. Piebald is called porru and brindle is called pullisaral in the Tamil language. The more common colors of tan, red or brown with a black muzzle are called Karuvaisevalai or Karumunjinaai in the Tamil language. The piebald and brindle coloring can occur in the same litter but it is rare.

Temperament

Intelligent, alert and eager to please, the Combai is good with children. It does a great job guarding its home and property. The Combai dog has a natural tendency to hunt, it is used for hunting wild boar and other big game such as bison and deer. Be sure you are this dog's calm, but firm, confident and consistent pack leader. Does best with an owner who is even-tempered, displaying a natural, but gentle authority over the dog.

Height, Weight

Height: 23 - 26 inches (58 - 66 cm)

Weight: about 66 - 77 pounds (30 - 35 kg) (females are shorter and lighter than males)

Health Problems

This is a hardy, healthy breed.

Living Conditions

The Combai Boarhund dog will do okay in an apartment and can live with only a small yard so long as it gets enough exercise.

Exercise

This is an active breed. Combai that are kept as pets should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground as well as have long, brisk walks daily, preferably at the same time every day.

Life Expectancy

About 12 to 15 years

Litter Size

About 3 to 8 puppies

Grooming

The smooth, shorthaired coat is very easy to groom. Simply comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Origin

This is a rare breed found in Tamil Nadu, India. Originally used to guard cattle from tigers and leopards. Combai dogs were also used in big game hunting especially boars and still are to this day by village people and forest tribes in India. The Combai is an ancient purebred dog that can be traced back to the 15th century with some claiming it dates back as far as the 9th century BC.

Group

Hunting

Recognition
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
A large brown dog with a long black muzzle, black nose and black ears that fold over and out to the sides wearing a black collar jumped up with his front paw on a concrete wall. The dog has a long tail. His mouth is open and he looks happy. There is a red wall behind him.

Tiger the Combai boarhound at 1 year and 7 months old—Owned by of Mr. KR Prakash, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

A large breed brown dog with a black muzzle, black nose and black ears that fold over to the front in a v-shape and a long tail standing at the top of an outside stairway that is painted a rose red color.

Tiger the Combai boarhound at 1 year and 7 months old—Owned by of Mr. KR Prakash, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Side view - A brown dog with a long black muzzle and a black nose with small v-shaped fold over ears and a long tail that is being held up in the air standing on concrete next to a concrete wall. There is a bicycle behind it. The dog is wearing a black collar.

Tiger the Combai boarhound at 1 year and 7 months old—Owned by of Mr. KR Prakash, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Front view of a brown dog wearing a black collar tied up with a chain standing on its hind legs with its front paws in the air. The dog has small v-shaped fold over ears, a black muzzle with a black nose and a long tail. There is a purple and yellow wall behind it. The words Name: Tiger, age 1 year n 4 months, owner: KR Prakash, place: Chennai (pammal), ph: 9962798864 is overlayed on the bottom of the image.

Tiger the Combai boarhound at 1 year and 4 months old—Owned by of Mr. KR Prakash, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

A collage of 8 pictures of a brown dog with a black muzzle from puppy to an adult dog. There is a red and white striped border around each picture.

Tiger the Combai boarhound as he grows frrom a puppy to an adult dog—Owned by of Mr. KR Prakash, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

A man in a yellow shirt and gray shorts standing outside with a taall brown dog with darker drop ears and a black nose and a black muzzle with a long tail wearing a green harness standing in front of him.

Tyson the Kombai at 3 years old—"My big boy Tyson, the massive Kombai"

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