Rampur Greyhound originated in Rampur (North India) and have existed for over 300 years. This breed was introduced in the early 20th century by King Ahmed Ali Khan Bahadur, the ruler of Rampur in that period. He wanted to create a violent and athletic dog breed that could efficiently hunt wild boar, a favorite recreation of the royal people. King crossed two dogs Afghan’s Tazis and Greyhounds of English. The cross developed into a brave hunter that had the unique ability to see. These dogs are mighty and fast runners and cover a long distances at high speed.
Rampur Sighthound is a part of Sighthound family. However, there is confusion between its types, but it is claimed that there are three varieties of this breed.
Reza – It is small, shy, homely, playful and hunts for smaller animals.
Kesari – Rarest amongst this breed and looks like Deer Hound with a more extended coat.
Sahi Shikari – Nawabs and Maharajas kept this variety for hunting. These dogs are powerful, royal with robust jaws and have a very moody nature. These hunters hunt big animals like Blue Bull and can also attack a tiger if needed. It is believed that this is the real Rampur Hounds and others are mixed varieties.
Temperament & Personality
Greyhound mix dogs are good companion and take pleasure in being with its family members. They are famous for faithfulness towards its owners and don't miss a chance to secure them. They tend to follow a single member of the family making them a one owner dog. The dog also shows a reserved behavior at times due to their shyness. Sighthounds tend to stay clean, tidy and well groomed besides being best playmates for children. But supervision is required as they are energetic and might hurt kids out of excitement.
They are well reserved with strangers and take a time to get friendly. This breed can be a threat to unknown people as they can attack them anytime if they find them suspicious. This quality makes them an ideal watch dog. Due to their prey drive, they do not go well with other dogs and need socialization and supervision. Depending on their moods, they can be very lethargic or while fully charged. It will best for a house with a big yard, but if living in an apartment life, it will require heavy exercise schedule.