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Sinhala Hound

Canis familiaris ssp.

Description:

Sinhala hound(Canis familiaris ssp.) is a breed of dogs indiginous to Sri Lanka, the dog breed is similar to New Guinea singing dog, African Basenji and the australian Dingo. They often form packs that are semi-wild or feral and can attack humans. In evenings or nights, in areas with many dogs, they go from barking to howling like a wolf, which can be alarming for people not familiar with it. The population of Sri Lanka have a long history with the dog stemming from the ancient native people of Sri Lanka, the Vedda. That used the hounds for hunting for thousands of years. In modern time the hound is seen upon as a pest, though they are not systematically hunted down due to the strong Buddhistic believes of Sri Lanka.

Habitat:

Urban

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9 Comments

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 months ago

Interesting information. First time learning these stuff about dogs we see everyday in the road lol.

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 3 months ago

thanks thewndrr, that was my other theory.

thewndrr
thewndrr 3 months ago

@jazz man They are semi-wild in most cases, but people feed them and some of the dogs tend to stay close to where they are fed. People have a tendency to adopt the dogs that are less aggressive, as guard dogs or pets.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 months ago

Handsome !

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 3 months ago

I have been to Sri Lanka several times, and always saw these dogs literally everywhere, running beside the roads. I always thought that they were domesticated LOL.

thewndrr
thewndrr 3 months ago

I think you're absolutely right Francis, I find these things incredibly interesting. We're truly a species with amnesia, everything we know about our heritage and knowledge about the unwritten past is only verified through archeological studies , however it could be much older. Time is a sandpaper erasing everything in a geological blink of an eye.

Francis Floe
Francis Floe 3 months ago

thewndrr, I think that the ancient group of dogs came from mainland Asia and was domesticated from Asiatic wolves thousands of years ago, then brought to these islands/continent until they develop into their own breed/species. Correct me if I'm wrong.

thewndrr
thewndrr 3 months ago

Hey Francis, since I was a child I had an unverified theory that these dogs were part of a group of dogs that is ancient. It seems from what I have learned they all stem from an extinct ancestral wolf that is closely related to the wild ones we find today. There are even singing dogs in north America that resemble the dingo, Alberta if I'm not mistaking.

Francis Floe
Francis Floe 3 months ago

Nice information! This is the first time I learnt about this dog breed.

thewndrr
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thewndrr

Neboda, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on May 16, 2020
Submitted on Jan 25, 2022

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