The Indian Army has been using foreign canine breeds such as German Shepherds and Labradors till now. But for the first time, the army is all set to induct the Indian canine breed - Mudhol Hound, into its ranks.
According to TOI, six Mudhol Hounds have completed the training at the Army’s Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) Centre in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and they are likely to be inducted by the end of this year and posted in operational areas such as Jammu and Kashmir.
The six dogs were provided to the army by the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University and have been undergoing intensive training for the past year.
“It will be the first Indian breed to serve the nation,” said Mahesh Dodmani, director of the university’s Canine Research and Information Centre, reports The Hindu.
The RVC has also requested the university for the second batch of eight Mudhol Hound puppies.
However, the army is not sure in inducting other breeds yet. After being asked if more Indian dog breeds will be inducted into the army, an officer told TOI that before selecting dogs for training, temperament, ability, and potential has to be taken into consideration. “Therefore, it is too soon to say if more Indian breeds will be inducted into the Army in the future.”
The Mudhol Hound is also known as Caravan Hound. The breed is known to live through harsh tropical conditions and is disease resistant. It is also known for its endurance, speed, stamina, sharpness, and agility. Moreover, they are sight hounds with keen vision. The Mudhol Hound is a common pet amongst villagers in India's Deccan Plateau, who use it for guarding and hunting.
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