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Mon Jan 4, 2021, 01:40 PM

Race to Save Bangladesh Hound From Extinction

SARAIL, Bangladesh (AFP) — In a rickety hut on the border with Bangladesh and India, two brothers are among the last local breeders of the Sarail hound, a dog on the brink of extinction.

Tall and lean with a powerful chest, pointed ears and bicolored fur, the rare hound — named after the border town of Sarail — has been treasured in the South Asian nation for centuries.

Their sharp eyesight and renowned hunting skills have earned them roles with the military and police, and as guard dogs, while masters love them for their devotion.

M.A.G. Osmani, who led Bangladesh’s freedom fighters to victory against Pakistan in the 1971 war of independence, is said to have been saved by one of two Sarails he owned when he was attacked.

But pure-bred Sarails — believed to have descended from English greyhounds and sighthounds owned by Mughal-era feudal landlords, or from hunting dogs brought by Arab traders — are dwindling in numbers with just dozens remaining in Bangladesh, according to some estimates.

https://www.courthousenews.com/race-to-save-bangladesh-hound-from-extinction/

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Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:08 PM

1. The article image looks very greyhound like

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Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:13 PM

2. Yes

Can't imagine them being used as guard dogs or for police work.

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