Bagalkote: After joining the Indian Army, the Mudhol hound of Karnataka, which has made an impression at the international levels, now will mark its impression in the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force.
With the successful completion of 10 months at the Remount and Veterinary Corp Centre (RVC) of the Army at Meerut of Uttar Pradesh, Mudhol hounds have been appointed to the Indian Army to serve in Kashmir. Observing the working style of the Mudhol breed, the SSB and ITBP also decided to give a spot to this breed in their dog squad.
SSB Assistant Commander Dr. Sanjay Parekkar and a team from Alwar Centre had visited the Canine Research and Information Centre of Thimmapur of Mudhol taluk on January 16. They have asked for 6 puppies. Even the ITBP officers have requested 6 puppies of the Mudhol breed, said the centre chief Dr. Mahesh S Doddamani.
“The Indian Army officials, who have trained 10 dogs already, have submitted another order for 12 dogs. All demands will be fulfilled by March. In the military and paramilitary forces they select 3-month-old puppies. At present we have 15 puppies; we also source puppies from local farmers“, he said.
The hounds are being trained by the Thimmapur centre under the guidance of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Science University. Along with them, more than 20 farmers of the Mudhol taluk are involved in training the breed. Two of them have got certification from the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resource Centre (NBAGR) of Karnal in Haryana, he said.
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