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Kombai Dog

Kombai Dog

The Kombai is an Indian dog breed and just like the other Indian breeds, it draws its name after the town in which it was developed i.e. Kombai in Tamil Nadu. This sight hound dog breed is different from other sight hound dog breeds, because it does not have the vision as the other sight hounds. The Kombai has the perfect 200 plus degree vision, whereas most of its counterparts have a 270 degree of vision. Some other important information of this breed is as follows:

General information:

Breed Name Kombai
Origin India
Other Names Indian Bore Hound, Indian Bore dog and Combai
Lifespan 12 to 15 Years
Breed Type Hound
Height 17-25 inches
Weight Medium 15-35 lb; Large 35-55 lb
Temperament Aggressive, Loyal, Energetic
What to Feed 4 – 10 cups of nutritious dry food a day, divided into two meals
How To Take Care This breed requires less grooming. Sporadic coat brushing is enough to carry its good condition. Frequent bathing is not required. However, regular combing of ears is required, as it is prone to infection.
Litter size     3-8 Puppies
Apartment Friendly Yes
Children Friendly No
Coat Type Short
Coat Colors Red
Health Concern One of the most common issues with the Kombai is of Canine Hip Dysplasia. Along with this they have issues with the skin like dermatitis
Hypoallergenic Breed No
Space Requirements House with Yard
Trainability Varies From dog to dog
Energy Level Average Energy Level
Grooming Rarely
Protective Ability Very Protective



This dog breed has been developed in Southern part of India. It is a general belief that this breed and its brown and red coats with black mask has made people believe that it is descend of fox. This breed’s existence can be traced back to the 15th century. In ancient times, they were used to hunt wild boar, bison and deer. Furthermore, some people believe that these dogs have been used by the army of the Marudhu brothers. The Marudhu brothers, also known as Marudhu Pandias, headed the revolt against the British subjugation of the Kalaiar Koil of the Sivagangai Kingdom in the beginning of the 19th century.


This is one of the bravest breed of dogs, and if this breed wants it can fight its enemy fearlessly till death as well. This trait of these dogs makes them the perfect guard dogs. Kombis do not take to strangers kindly, and if they see them as a threat it may have dire consequences. This breed has a great quantity of energy, therefore, it needs regular exercise to ensure agility and the exercise also gives its mind the required stimulation. Furthermore, they do well in apartment, provided you give them their dose of everyday exercise.

Some pros and cons of this breed:

Pros Cons
Excellent guard dog for the family Aggressive behavior
Grooming is quite easy due to short coat Not good with children and other pets
Adaptable to Indian weather



Swati takes pride of being a dog lover. Her current passions include blogging, writing and collecting dog pictures of various breeds. She is an active member of stray dog care society.

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  • Vinod K Kumar

    Everything you said was correct except sivakasi kingdom. Actually it was “Sivagangai” kingdom.