Video #5 (b): Breed Focus: The Pandikona Dog by Baarath Mani [Subtitles in English]
Hi, this is Baarath Mani for DesiHounds.in This video is an account of my, observations of the dogs of Pandikona. Please note that I am neither an expert on dogs, – nor a breeder. The observations I have made in this video are from the, – perspective of a layman.
With that out of the way let’s get started. The focus on this DesiHounds, journey has been, the human element of native dog keeping and, – on that road PandiKona holds a special place in my heart. I was excited to visit the village to witness firsthand, – the relationship between the dogs and their humans.
I wanted to see these dogs in action as working dogs and most, – and importantly their interactions with people especially considering that none of, – these dogs are chained, are raised mostly free-range and are not given names Thanks to Mr.
Ramu Reddy, I was given a tour of the village. We were taken to almost every house, that the villagers believed has good specimens, – worth capturing. And these included: good working dogs, pups, some of the oldest dogs in the village, – and some very good-looking canines that you are about to see.
I would like to specify here that this ‘tour’ was organized around dusk. This is because apparently that is when the dogs would return from the farms of the, – respective owners. I got to witness this myself: dogs in their own groups or alone; trailing not far behind the women (farmers); – hurrying to their homes to some much deserved food, water and rest after a hard day’s work.
As Mr. Ramu and Mr. Adhi Narayana explained in the first video, – the dogs leave for their farms on their own volition to guard them and return home at sunset. I was also asked to maintain a safe distance with most of these dogs by the owners.
Hence the long distance shots. Even though the children as you can see, or owners stood watch I took the advice – – rather seriously, because personally, what stuck me about these dogs, – in particular was not their size or frame; it was the energy that they emanated.
Almost all of the dogs that I came across in Pandikona were very serious. They meant business. I was either growled at or completely ignored as – – instructed by their masters – except for the pups of course.
One more thing to note is that, none of these dogs were tied or restrained for our shooting purposes in Pandikona, – like this dog for example that we have now dubbed as ‘Panther’. Whether the owners take these dogs to their farms, to chase vermin like boar or – even around for a jaunt around the village, it is without a rope, leash, – collar or harness.
The dogs respond to the noises or whistles that their masters – – make and even without names, they follow instructions as expected. The dogs do get into fights with each other during these outings and excursions.
The owners for the most part rarely intervene during territorial tussles between these dogs. Pandikona dogs being very territorial in nature, mete out their own battles. Even pups do this to secure their positions in the village – – among all the other dogs.
The next segment is where a villager Mr. Malli, – explains the roles of these dogs and the reasons behind the markings on these – – dogs and cropping of their ears. Mr. Malli from Pandikona Village, Kurnool District.
The specialty of our dogs is that, there used to be tradition associated with them in our village. In the olden days, there used to be a fort here. The villagers would gather convene here with their, – playing drums to announce the start of a hunt.
This was to signal the sighting of a leopard or feral boar near the village. I do not know if this is the significance of this village. Because our dogs have been strong and aggressive from the days of our forefathers.
Pandikona dogs are very famous. Not just for hunting, the dogs were also employed to discourage wild animals from entering the village. Our dogs are very Intelligent, and hence they have become very popular in the nearby districts and states.
Many people come to Pandikona village from different districts, . to procure pups during season(s) of availability. In fact, they reserve pups in advance. The pups are in very high in demand. From the days of our elders, we are practicing the same things when it comes to raising dogs.
You might notice markings on these dogs; branded with hot iron. This is a practice similar to vaccination in humans in early childhood. This is done when the dog reaches 6 months of age. This is done to improve digestion.
And also helps against contracting rabies from other dogs and other infections. This is an old practice that we have been following from our forefathers’ days. Markings are made with hot iron rods, and they leave scars like these, as you can see here.
The ears are cropped, because there is a belief that, if a dog’s ears droops when the owner leaves home, – it is considered an ill omen. So we crop them using a blade or knife. And now to my favourite part: the pups.
This short clipping, that comes courtesy of Mr. Ramu, which shows how a – – Pandikona puppy holds his own in a standoff with a relatively larger dog. This is one of the many videos that actually prompted me on the road to – – Pandikona to see this for myself.
This puppy here was about four to five months old, – during the shooting of this video. For a layman like me and from what – – little I know about dogs in general, it would be safe to say that this is a very – healthy and well-built pup for his age that is.
His playfulness had a good amount of caution to it as you can see: alert, curious but not – – especially playful towards strangers. Now I present you, with one of the main highlights of my visit: – – these pups.
These two puppies aged two to three months at – – the time that this video was shot are litter mates. The black puppy is female. I’m sure that you’d agree for their age, they are well-developed, which was very – – obvious even to me.
They were relatively huge and are surprisingly well adjusted to the environment; people; other animals and dogs already. What I observed were that, these dogs practice very little play biting with humans as you can see.
I notice that when the pups ventured out and adult dog would suddenly appear in – – the scene, the villagers of Pandikona, do not panic and move with emotion immediately – as someone like me would usually.
They wait and watch and know with a certain confidence, – that the pups can reach their own agreement with the older dogs. Fight or flee, mostly the former of the two, the pups in Pandikona, – as I observed are allowed to grow with a free spirit; with all its joys and dangers.
These were the highlights of my journey through Pandikona. For an expert take, on the topic be sure to check out the first video: an introduction by Mr. Kodanda Ramu Reddy. The link is in the description below.
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