National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources
Chippiparai dogs are mainly found in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Madurai districts of Tamil Nadu. Estimated population is about 6000. Chippiparai dogs are also called as Kanni (virgin) or vettainaai (hunting dog). These are medium in size. Coat color varies from fawn to dark brown, brownish black and black. Black dogs have white markings on both sides above eyes, or black circle around the eyes. Eyes are golden and oval. Ears are medium in size and drooping or semi drooping. Height at wither ranges from 60 to 76 cm in males and 54 to 70 cm in females. Adult body weight ranges from 13.6 to 32.5 Kg. The utility of this dog is mainly for guarding and hunting, but also kept as a hobby and pride by the owners. These dogs are high in obedience and easy to train.