|Breed status||Not recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.|
|Dog (domestic dog)|
The Sinhala Hound is a native dog found throughout Sri Lanka, often living in a semi-wild state scavenging for food. According to a native legend, 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 colors, but brown or dark brown brindle are most common. They are very similar in form to the African Basenji, the New Guinea singing dog, the Carolina Dog and the Australian Dingo.
- Fossil evidence indicates domestic dogs have been found on Sri Lanka for over 11,000 years.
- Barker, A. J.; Barker, H. A. (1984). The complete book of dogs. Greenwich, CT. p. 207. ISBN 0-8119-0621-3.
- Morris, Desmond (2001). Dogs: the ultimate dictionary of over 1,000 dog breeds. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square Publishing. p. 687. ISBN 1-57076-219-8.
- "Sinhala Hound". Europetnet. Retrieved 13 August 2021.