Dhruva the Mandai Sheephound at 10 months old"Dhruva is a Mandai Sheephound pup owned by Mr. Mani Satish, Tamil Nadu India. Dhruva is very energetic, intelligent and a born guard dog. He already knows whom to welcome, whom to not. Obeys nearly all commands and bring the newspaper on command. Interestingly, he is a non-standardized dog breed, yet obeys every command from his owner. But is aloof to unknown people and is fairly aggressive."—Picture courtesy of Ajit Roy
The Mandai Sheephound is taller and heavier than other typical sighthounds with good boned broad legs and a deep chest. The short coat comes in grey, shades of brown, fawn with white markings on the head to nose and underparts, gray with white markings, black, white and piebald. Gray is the most prized color. Solid colors can have a white line running down from the forehead to the top of the nose. The ears are dropped, erect or semi flying. The tail is long and tapered or sickle shape. The eyes are almond in color.
The Mandai Sheephound is a hunter and sheepdog by nature used as a flock guardian in Tamil Nadu to protect flocks from leopards, wild boar and other wild animals. A fast runner who takes his job seriously. This is a very intelligent breed that is always ready to protect the flock and the master and his family. A big hound dog with good guard dog instincts. Early socialization is essential so it can get along with outsiders, other dogs and pets.
Height: Male: 26-29 inches (66-73 cm) some males can reach over 30 inches (76 cm) Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Weight: Male: 70-79 pounds (32-36 kg) Female: 53-68 pounds (24-31 kg)
The Mandai is a very healthy and hardy breed, with little health problems.
This flock guardian hound does best in farmland, but can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised.
When not working as a farm dog, the Mandai Sheephound needs to be walked daily.
About 12-15 years, some can live longer.
About 6 to 8 puppies
The Mandai is a short haired dog that needs little grooming. This breed is a moderate shedder.
The Mandai Sheephound, also known as Ramnad Combai, is found in Ramanathapuram disrict of Tamil Nadu state of India, and the adjoining Palani, sirumalai, udumalai regions. It is an old breed and is said to have evolved from the hunting breed Poligar Hound.
Dhruva the Mandai Sheephound at 10 months old—Picture courtesy of Ajit Roy
Dhruva the Mandai Sheephound as a puppy—Picture courtesy of Ajit Roy