Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC


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A skinny, tall white Rajapalayam dog is standing on a tiled surface and it is looking up. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out and it has a long tail. There is a sky blue wall behind it.

Tom the Rajapalayam at 1 year old from India

Other Names
  • Rajapalayam Hound






Height, Weight

Height: 25 – 30 inches (65 – 75 cm)

Health Problems

Prone to skin and hearing problems.

Living Conditions

Will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised, but does best with at least an average-sized yard.


The Rajapalayam needs a daily walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. These dogs are energetic and lively and are in their glory when allowed to romp and play, especially if their owner or a companion dog joins in the fun.

Life Expectancy

About 10 to 12 years

Litter Size

About 6 to 8 puppies


The Rajapalayam need little grooming and are average shedders.


India, originally bred to hunt boar and used as guard dogs and in wars. The Rajapalayam were dogs of royalty.



  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • KCI = Kennel Club of India
A man in a white shirt standing outside on a red patio holding a red leash that is connected to a large breed shorthaired white dog with ears that hang down to the sides, a long tail and a long body. There is a satellite dish behind them.

"Mark the Rajapalayam Hound at 7 years old is from Tamil Nadu, India. He is tall at 29.5 inches and weighs around 38kg. He is a calm, intelligent and alert dog. He is a little headstrong. Rajapalayam were dogs of royalty and were used in hunting as well as in wars. This breed is probably the most intelligent hound from India. They even do not touch the food given by outsiders. Due to inbreeding many dogs suffer from skin and hearing issues. They are not very choosey breed, they can eat whatever the owners provide. They are a big hounds so need good space and a good amount of excersise. Rajapalayam have height between 26- 29 inches and weight around 30-35 kg."—Picture Courtesy of Ajit Roy

Front view - A skinny tall white Rajapalaym dog is standing on a step, there is a wall next to it. The dog is looking up, its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling.

Tom the Rajapalayam at 1 year old from India

A long legged skinny white Rajapalaym is dog laying on a tiled floor and it is looking up.

Tom the Rajapalayam at 10 months old from India—"Tom is very good and is an attractive dog, but when a stranger comes to the house he won't allow anybody to enter the home. He is a great hound and an adorable pet."

A long snouted white with tan Rajapalaym dog is jumping up against a persons body and it is looking up.

Tom the Rajapalayam at 10 months old with Cutie his female friend

A white with tan Rajapalaym dog is standing up against a bannister in a wall.

Tom the Rajapalayam at 10 months old from India

The right side of a skinny tall white with tan Rajapalaym that is standing up against a person.

Tom the Rajapalayam at 10 months old from India