Uncertainty prevails over the Mahratta's lineage. Whether the Mahratta is a descendant of the Saluki or a localization of other indigenous Indian sighthounds remains the essential question. The Mahratta's small size, in relation to the Rampur Greyhound and other Indian dogs, makes either Saluki heredity or a pure, ancient origin the most likely hypothesis concerning development. With exceptional speed and concentrated strength, the Mahratta is used successfully for coursing small and medium-sized game in the province for which he was named. The Mahratta Greyhound is not recognized by any major kennel club.