Dog Breeds


Characteristics of Chippiparai

Country of originIndia
The sizeLarge
Growth56-63.5 cm
Weight25–30 kg
Age10–15 years
FCI breed groupNot recognized
Chippiparai Characteristics

Brief information

  • A very rare breed of dog;
  • Completely unpretentious;
  • Excellent working qualities.

Origin story

Chippiparay is an extremely rare and ancient breed of dog, whose homeland is the south of India – the state of Tamil Nadu. These dogs have been known since the 16th century and were considered one of the symbols of royal power among the rulers of the Madurai dynasty. There is evidence that chippiparai are related to the Saluki , but there is no documentary evidence for this. Chippiparai are used in their homeland for hunting both small animals (for example, hares), and wild boar and deer, and are capable, like all greyhounds, of developing a very decent speed.


Chippiparay is a typical greyhound with a graceful physique, long and thin paws and a neat head with hanging ears and a rather thin muzzle. Outwardly, the chippiparai is similar to the Arabian greyhound – saluki – and also resembles the Rampur greyhound. At the first meeting, representatives of this breed give the impression of graceful ballerina dogs, but it seems that they should be fed a little, as they are too thin. However, this impression is deceptive. These animals are strong and hardy. Their strong, solid back is complemented by a slightly arched loin, a muscular croup and a moderately deep chest. The belly of typical representatives of the breed is well tucked up. The chippiparai color can be both silver-gray and fawn, small white marks are acceptable.


Typical representatives of the breed are fairly independent dogs, however, with proper socialization and training , they get along well with both their owner and his family members. Chippiparai are also distrustful of strangers and are excellent guards, despite their completely non-threatening appearance.

Chippiparai Care

Ears and claws are processed as needed. The chippiparai’s short coat does not require special care: once or twice a week it is combed out with a stiff brush. One of the advantages of their coat, by the way, is that ticks (of which there are a lot in India) are perfectly visible against a plain light background, which allows them to be removed from the dog in time.


Dogs of the chippiparai breed are not at all demanding on the conditions of detention. They, thanks to centuries of life in the south of India, remarkably endure the heat and are absolutely undemanding to food, agreeing to be content with a small and rather meager diet. Those wishing to keep a dog in Russia should take into account that, most likely, in a colder climate, chippiparai will freeze .


Since the breed is very rare and even at home, in India, it is practically not common, there is no reliable information about the cost of puppies. However, everyone who wants to get a chippiparai will have to take into account the cost of a trip to India for a puppy.

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