Sinhala Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Sinhala Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Sri Lanka flag Sri Lanka
Other Names
What other names does the Sinhala Hound have?
Sri Lankan Dog Sri Lankan Street Dog The Sri Lankan Rice Hound Sinhalese Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Sinhala Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Sinhala Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Sinhala Hound?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Sinhala Hound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small Medium
Weight
How much does the Sinhala Hound weigh? Sinhala Hound weight:
Male: 22-26 pounds (10-12 kg), Female: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Sinhala Hound? Sinhala Hound average weight:
Male: 24 pounds (11 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg)
Height
How tall is the Sinhala Hound? Sinhala Hound height:
Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Sinhala Hound average height:
Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Sinhala Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Sinhala Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Double Thick Soft
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Sinhala Hound's coat?
Black Black & Tan Sable Red
Grooming
How to groom the Sinhala Hound and how often?
Effortless: The Sinhala Hound requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Sinhala Hound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Sinhala Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Sri Lankan Dog?
Sinhala Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Sinhala Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Sinhala Hound every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Sinhala Hound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Sinhala Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Active Alert Lively Gentle Independent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Sinhala Hound? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Sinhala Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Sinhala Hounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Sinhala Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Sinhala Hound sensitivity:
Sinhala Hounds are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Sinhala Hounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Sri Lankan Dog need? Sinhala Hound social needs:
Sinhala Hounds are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Sinhala Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Sri Lankan Dog bark?
Average: The Sinhala Hound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Sinhala Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Sinhala Hounds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Sinhala Hound dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Sinhala Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Sinhala Hounds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Sinhala Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Sri Lankan Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Sinhala Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Sinhala Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Sinhala Hound has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Sinhala Hound bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Sinhala Hound do?
Sinhala Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Sinhala Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Sinhala Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Sinhala Hound roam?
Sinhala Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Sinhala Hound have high prey drive?
Sinhala Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Sinhala Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Sinhala Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Sinhala Hound breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Sinhala Hound indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Sinhala Hounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Sinhala Hounds handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.

Sinhala Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Sinhala Hound temperament with other people:
Sinhala Hounds are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Sinhala Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Sinhala Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Sinhala Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Sinhala Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Sinhala Hound temperament with children:
Sinhala Hounds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Sinhala Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Sinhala Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Sinhala Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Sinhala Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Sinhala Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Sinhala Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Sinhala Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Sinhala Hounds good office dogs? Do Sinhala Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Sinhala Hounds be office dogs?
Yes
Sinhala Hound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Sinhala Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Sri Lankan Dog temperament with senior people? Are Sinhala Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Sinhala Hounds are commonly okay with elderly people.

Sinhala Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Sinhala Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Sinhala Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Sinhala Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Sinhala Hound see the vet?
Average
The Sinhala Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Sinhala Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Sinhala Hound be? What is the age limit of the Sinhala Hound? How many years can the oldest Sinhala Hound live?
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Sinhala Hound: 16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Sinhala Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Sinhala Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Sinhala Hound have? What is the activity level of the Sinhala Hound?
Sinhala Hounds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Sinhala Hound dogs require per day?
Sinhala Hounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Sinhala Hounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Sinhala Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Sinhala Hound risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Sinhala Hound has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Sinhala Hound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Sinhala Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Sinhala Hound drool?
The Sinhala Hound is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Sinhala Hound could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Sinhala Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Sinhala Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Sinhala Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Sinhala Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Sinhala Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Sinhala Hound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Sinhala Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Sinhala Hound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Sinhala Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Sinhala Hound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Sinhala Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Sinhala Hound be a boat dog?

Not really

Sinhala Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Sinhala Hound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Sinhala Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Sinhala Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Sinhala Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Sinhala Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Sinhala Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-6 puppies

Sinhala Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Sinhala Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Sinhala Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Sinhala Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Sinhala Hound requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Sinhala Hound is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Sinhala Hound has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Sinhala Hounds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Sinhala Hounds handle alone time quite well.
  • Office Friendly: Sinhala Hound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Good For First Time Owners: Sinhala Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Sinhala Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Sinhala Hound breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Sinhala Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Sinhala Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

Sinhala Hound History

The Sinhala Hound is a native dog found throughout Sri Lanka, often living in a semi-wild state scavenging for food. According to a legend when Prince Vijaya first arrived in Sir Lanka in the 6th century BC, he was greeted by the barking of these dogs. There is not much evidence or written record about the breed, but some people believe that it is the Sinhala Hound that was mentioned in the Mahavamsa which would indicate that the dog goes way back in time. The Mahavamsa, also known as the “Great Chronicle”, is a meticulously kept historical chronicle of Sri Lanka, written in the style of the epic poem and which dates back to the 5th century. In the chronicle, there are domestic dogs mentioned who belong to the island’s Stone Age inhabitants. However, we cannot be sure if they were actual Sinhala Hounds.

According to historians, the Sinhala Hound can be found in a variety of colors, but brown and dark brown brindle is the most common among them. Apparently, they are described as watchful, alert, amiable, and obedient with a keen scenting ability. They are thought to be very similar in form to the African Basenji, the New Guinea singing dog, and the Australian Dingo. Unfortunately, we don’t actually know if these breeds are related in any way.

Long overlooked by authorities in favor of imported dog breeds, only recently have the Sri Lankan Kennel Club been encouraged to recognize the landrace as a breed.

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  • mia

    Mar 12, 2022, 3:05:57 AM:

  • Prasad

    Nov 27, 2020, 11:30:58 AM:

    Sinhala hounds are very intelligent dogs, highly adaptive, very healthy and very affectionate

  • Sahan

    Jul 1, 2020, 7:01:20 PM:

    Really appreciate this work.. Big salute for those who work hard for this ❤️

  • Vishmi

    Apr 25, 2020, 9:40:13 PM:

    Sinhala Hounds are usually straying in Sri Lanka. But they are very intelligent dogs, highly adaptive, very healthy and very affectionate. These dogs need little to moderate attention, because they will just obey their master no matter what.

  • Thushan

    Jan 18, 2020, 2:55:16 PM:

    Veary smart dog they can adopt climate changes easier than other dogs easy to train .

  • Anuradha

    Sep 19, 2019, 2:26:27 AM:

    These dogs are amazing. No need of pet clinic visits except for the vital anti rabies doses. In sri Lanka they are given away free of charge.Although the average wight and size mentioned in the article are small, some individuals are much larger.