Mudhol Hound Dog Breed

Brindle Mudhol Hound (Caravan Hound)
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  • Other names:
  • Caravan Hound
  • Mudhol Dog
  • Maratha Hound
  • Pashmi Hound
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The Caravan Hound, also known as Mudhol Hound is a large sight hound breed that originated in India. Popular in India, though relatively unknown to the rest of the world, the Caravan Hound has served as a hunting and guard dog for many centuries. Having been accustomed to the harsh climate of India, these dogs can work in extreme conditions and have great speed and stamina. They are not known to be very sociable dogs, but will form a very loyal bond with their family. Caravan Hounds make a great companion for an active owner who likes to run or hike.

Mudhol Hound Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred10-15 yrs.23-29 in.45-60 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are details and specs for the Mudhol Hound dog breed.

Mudhol Hound Breed Description

Male members of this breed reach a height of 24 - 30 inches while females reach a height between 22 - 28 inches. Adult males weigh anywhere from 48 - 90 pounds and females 45 - 85 pounds. Their lean, muscular body makes them extremely fast, capable hunters.

These dogs are natural hunters that form a loyal bond with their family and get along well with other dogs. They do not like strangers and may be display signs of aggression if they feel their owner is in danger. Small non-canine pets will present a problem for this breed if it is not socialized from a young age.

This is a low to medium maintenance dog breed. Both varieties of coats will only need brushing about once or twice a week. They are working dogs and will need ample exercise each day to stay happy and healthy.

Mudhol Hound Breed History

This breed has existed for many centuries and was introduced to western India by settlers from Central Asia and Arabia. It traveled with the nomadic caravans, which is where its name derives. It is thought to be a direct descendant of the Saluki or Tazi. It has remained popular in India since this time as a guardian and hunting dog for both rich and poor families. In the late 1800's the breed declined significantly but was revived by Shrimant Rajesaheb Malojirao Ghorpade of Mudhol (from where it got its other name, the Mudhol Hound). The breed was introduced to England via King George V, who was given several of the dogs by the Maharaja of Mudhol State in the early 1900's. Today the breed is now recognized by the Kennel Club of India (KCI) and the Indian National Kennel Club (INKC).

Mudhol Hound Appearance

The Caravan Hound is a dog of striking, Greyhound-like features. Its head is long and narrow and tapers from the ears down to the liver or black colored nose. Its limbs and neck are strong and muscular, giving it great speed when chasing prey. The eyes are large and deep-set, and its ears are floppy and fall down towards the neck. Two kinds of coat exist for this breed: it may have a smooth, short coat, or a slightly longer coat that features silky outcroppings on the ears, legs and tail.

Mudhol Hound Coloring

The coat is typically colored red, fawn, cream, black, grey, or any combination of these colors with white markings.

Mudhol Hound Size

Adult males reach a height of 24 - 30 inches and weigh 48 - 90 pounds. Females will stand 22 - 28 inches tall and weigh 45 - 85 pounds.

Average Adult Height

23-29 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

45-60 lbs

Mudhol Hound Temperament

This breed has been raised as a hunter and home guardian and therefore enjoys human companionship and is well-mannered towards other dogs. These dogs demand respect from their owners, but will repay this respect with their loyalty and fierce work ethic. Caravan Hounds are not welcoming of strangers; they do not like being touched by unfamiliar people and may display aggression if they feel their owners are being threatened. These dogs are intelligent but require a firm and consistent owner. Socialization at a young age is a must, especially if this dog will be living amongst children or non-canine pets.

Mudhol Hound and Children

These dogs are good with children they are familiar with, but their above average size should prohibit them being left alone with younger kids.

Mudhol Hound and Other Pets

These are pack-oriented hunting animals so they should be accepting of other dogs. Small pets such as rabbits and cats are a challenge that these dogs may not be able to overcome, especially if they are not properly socialized.

Mudhol Hound and Strangers

These dogs do not like strangers, and may snap if a stranger tries to touch them. They are not otherwise aggressive unless provoked or sense a threat.

Mudhol Hound Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Mudhol Hound.

Brindle Mudhol Hound (Caravan Hound)
Black Mudhol Hound

Mudhol Hound Maintenance

This type of dog is low to medium maintenance. This dog will need little brushing for both coat types. Due to their active nature these dogs will need plentiful exercise; a yard for them to run around in is highly recommended.

Grooming Requirements

If these dogs are taken out hunting the owner must be mindful that they will require a good brushing in order to prevent infection. Otherwise grooming should be very minimal. A solid brushing once or twice a week should be sufficient, along with an occasional teeth brushing and nail clipping.

Exercise Requirements

This type of dog requires daily exercise to be mentally and physically stimulated. Its hunting genetics also gives it a predisposition to love running, and it will be happiest living in a yarded house or rural plot where it can run freely. This dog is a fantastic companion for a person who runs, hikes or rides a bike often—it will have no trouble keeping up. Just be sure not to over-exercise the dog when it is under 12 months old, as this can harm its developing bones.

Living Requirements

These dogs need space to run and should not be kept in an apartment or similarly enclosed space. They are best suited for rural homes, however, they can do well in a residential environment if they have a fenced-in yard and are frequently taken on walks.

Temperature Range

These dogs have been living in India for centuries, and can stand heat and humidity that many other dogs cannot. However, these dogs may not take as well to extreme cold.

Mudhol Hound Health

There are no known genetic health problems for this type of dog, and you can expect them to live to be 10 to 14 years old if properly cared for. Due to its low percentage of body fat to muscle ratio, the Caravan Hound is very sensitive to anesthesia. Owners should not take their Caravan Hound on a run right after it has eaten due to torsion bloat concerns.

  • Bloat

Mudhol Hound Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Mudhol Hound as a dog breed:

  • Dog Registry of America Inc.