Dog blood groups are identified based on the surface antigen of the erythrocytes (DEA). Dogs generally have 8 blood groups, out of which DEA 1.1 is considered the most important for safe blood transfusions. It starts with DEA 1.1 and goes till DEA 8.0. Dogs with DEA 1.1 positive are called Universal Recipients and the dogs with DEA 1.1 negative can be Universal Donors.After carrying out research on various dog breeds Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai declared that the native Indian Chippiparai is the new universal blood donor for dogs in the country. In the rest of the world, the Greyhound is considered a universal donor.
The Chippiparai is a sighthound breed of dog from the south of India. Thought to be a descendant of the Saluki, today it is found in the area around Periyar Lake. It is used primarily for hunting wild boar, deer and hare. It is also used for guarding the home. Bred by royal families in Chippiparai in Virudhunagar district Tamil Nadu, it was kept as a symbol of royalty and dignity by Tirunelveli and Madurai rulers.
|Life span||12-15 years|
|Temperament||Independent, Loyal and Robust|
|Colours||Brindle, Brindle & White, Fawn, Fawn & White, Red, Silver-Grey|
|Litter Size||4-7 puppies|