|The Kanni is a rare variety of dog found in South India, in and around
Tirunelveli, Kovilpatti, Kazhugumalai, Kileral, Kodangipatti, SIvakasi and Madurai. It is
said that the name Kanni ( which means unmarried girl) comes from the fact that the dog
used to be given as a gift to the bridegroom just before the marriage. Infact, it was in
the list of dowry items offered to the groom.
They are usually of four colours, brown, cream, black & tan and brindle.
The Kanni is kept by families who do not sell them but may gift them if a promise is made
to look after them well . They are not allowed to roam on the streets and brought up as
pet animals. They are given a diet of milk in the morning, corn porridge in the afternoon
and a "Ragi" porridge in the evening. Meat is given once a week or once a month
They are used mainly for hunting.
There are no breeders listed currently under this breed. If you anyone who any dog
owner/ breeder having this breed, please tell them to get listed with us. Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kanni: A write-up from The Hindu