Breed statusNot recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.
Height 38–46 cm (15–18 in)
Weight ≈ 20 kg (44 lb)
Colour Predominantly white, tan or black
Dog (domestic dog)

The Kaikadi is a breed of sighthound from India.[1][2][3] The Kaikadi are kept by the Kaikadi people, a nomadic tribe in Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat.[1][2] They are a particularly small and thin breed of sighthound standing between 38 and 46 centimetres (15 and 18 in) and weighing around 20 kilograms (44 lb).[1][2] They have long, thin legs and powerful thighs and hock joints, a long tapered tail, a long, thin head with prominent eyes, and erect ears.[1][2] Their short coat comes in a variety of colours, but white, tan and black are predominant.[2]

The Kaikadi are known for their exceptional speed. They usually hunt in packs for a variety of small game, particularly monkeys, rats, monitor lizards, mongoose and squirrels.[1][2] The breed is suspicious of strangers, and at night they work as watchdogs for their masters.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Baskaran, S. Theodore (2017). The book of Indian dogs. New Delhi: Aleph Book Company. pp. 80–81. ISBN 978-93-84067-57-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Soman, W.V. (1962). The Indian Dog. Mumbai: Popular Prakashan. p. 90.
  3. ^ Ghosh, Deboleena (6 February 2018). "Legendary Indies protected kings, fought wild animals". The New Indian Express. Chennai: Express Publications (Madurai) Limited. Retrieved 24 November 2020.