|Breed status||Not recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.|
|Dog (domestic dog)|
The Sinhala Hound is the native dog found throughout Sri Lanka, often living in a semi-wild state scavenging for food. Legend has it that when Prince Vijaya first set foot on Sri Lanka in the 6th century BC, he was greeted by the barking of dogs; the Mahāvaṃsa mentions domestic dogs belonging to the island’s Stone Age inhabitants, the Yaksha.[note 1]
The Sinhala Hound can be found in a variety of colours, but brown or dark brown brindle are most common; they are described as alert, watchful, amiable and obedient with a keen scenting ability. They are very similar in form to the African Basenji, the New Guinea singing dog, and the Australian Dingo.
- Fossil evidence indicates domestic dogs have been found on Sri Lanka for over 11,000 years.