BAGALKOT: North Karnataka, famous for the hunting Mudhol hound dog, has organized an exhibition at Mudhol on Thursday. More than 750 dogs are expected to participate in this unique exhibition.
The exhibition has been jointly organized by the animal husbandry department, Veterinary Science and Fishery University of Bidar, Dog Research Centre, Timmapur, at the Ranna Stadium in Mudhol.
The selected 124 Mudhol hound dogs will be eligible to participate in the International Dog Exhibition scheduled to be held on December 8 at Chennai.
Dr Manjunath S Palegar, deputy director of animal husbandry, told The Times of India that various breeds of dogs from Belgaum, Dharwad, Bagalkot and Bijapur districts will participate in the exhibition, which will be conducted in separate age group divisions -- 7 to 12 months, 13 to 24 months and above 25 months. Apart from the exhibition, medicines, milk, egg and anti-disease vaccines will be distributed to the dog owners during the exhibition. Finally, 24 dogs will be selected for the prize, along with an extra 100 dogs which will be selected for their eligibility to participate in the international contest at Chennai. All participating dogs will be given a certificate which will make this breed become popular at the international level. An Australian team will inspect the dog breed for this purpose, he said.
The Mudhol hound is famous for hunting and is the only breed which is known internationally. A research centre was recently established at Timmapur village in Mudhol taluk and Rs 5 crore sanctioned, to develop this breed.
It may be noted that there is a huge worldwide demand for the Mudhol hound, and it is bound to increase in future.
District in charge minister Govind Karjol will inaugurate the exhibition, while animal husbandry minister Revu Naik Belamagi will release the souvenir. Bidar Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science University vice-chancellor Dr Suresh Honnappagol will preside.