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Top 10 Indian Dog breeds You Need to Know and Support

Dogs have been man’s best friend from Stone Age period. Every settlement has had dogs that adapted to changing weather and needs and so like us.

As loyal companions and pets Dogs have been accompanying many families and departments. India has its own dog breeds for thousands of years. Many of the breeds have been very helpful in war, family and police duty.

Indians travel worldwide and have got fond of many dog breeds of foreign origin such as German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute Husky, Hounds, Rottweiler, Pitbulls, pugs and likes. Many of us don’t even know that there were so many helpful, loyal, purposeful dog breeds. Some of the Indian Dog Breeds have lost their existence itself.

Do support Indian Dog Breeds. Here are top ten Indian Dog Breeds we need to know and adore.

  1. Indian pariah dog

The Indian pariah dog is the aboriginal landrace, or naturally selected dog, of the Indian sub-continent. The breed is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.

Height: 65 – 75 cm

Origin: India

Colors: Black, White, Brown

Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted

  1. Chippiparai

The Chippiparai is a sighthound breed of dog from the south of India. Thought to be a descendant of the Saluki or Sloughi, 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 mostly in Tirunelveli and Madurai rulers.

Height: 64 cm (At the withers)

Origin: Tamil Nadu, India

Colors: Fawn, Silver-gray, Grey

Temperament: Loyal, Independent, Robust

  1. Mudhol Hound

The Mudhol Hound, also known as Caravan Hound is an Indian breed of dog of the sight hound type. The feathered variety is commonly referred to as a Pashmi. It is also called Karwani. It is a common pet amongst villagers in India’s Deccan Plateau, who use it for hunting and guarding.

Origin: Karnataka, India

Temperament: Courageous, Loyal, Graceful, Elegant

Height: Male: 68–72 cm, Female: 64–68 cm

Colors: Black, White, Fawn, Brindle, Chocolate

Weight: Male: 22–28 kg, Female: 22–28 kg

  1. Rajapalayam dog

The Rajapalayam, also known as a Poligar hound, is an Indian Sighthound. It was the companion of the royalty and aristocracy in Southern India, particularly in its namesake town of Rajapalayam in the Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu.

Height: 65 – 75 cm (Adult, At the withers)

Origin: Tamil Nadu, India

Colors: Black, White, Brown

Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted

  1. Rampur Greyhound

The Rampur Greyhound is a breed of dog native to the Rampur region of Northern India, which lies between Delhi and Bareilly. The Rampur hound is a large member of the sighthound family. In North West of India it is often described as a smooth-haired sighthound that is substantially built. It was the favored hound of the Maharajahs for jackal control, but was also used to hunt lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers. It was considered a test of courage for a single hound to take down a golden jackal. The Rampur is built to cover great distances at high speed but is also capable of great endurance.

Origin: Uttar Pradesh, India

Height: 65 – 75 cm

Colors: Black, White, Brown

Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted

Other names: North-Indian Greyhound; Rampur Hound

  1. Kanni

The Kanni – also known as the Maiden’s Beastmaster – is a rare indigenous South Indian sighthound breed of dog found in the state of Tamil Nadu. The breed is used mainly for coursing game.

Origin: Tamil Nadu, India

Life span: 14 to 16 years

Weight: 16 to 22 kg

Height: Male: 64 cm, Female: 56 cm

Temperament: Agile, Graceful, Protective

Colors: Black & Tan, Tri-color

  1. Bully kutta

The Bully Kutta is a dog breed that originates from the erstwhile Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. It is also known as Bully or the Pakistani Bully.

This breed was bred to enable a stable cooperative nature in a pack. However, in areas where dog fighting is legal, the breed has been used for fighting due to its great stamina, fighting skills, fearless nature and power. It was used for guarding sheep flocks and used as a guard dog, sometimes this breed was used in dog fighting in Pakistan which is now a banned sport, recently this breed has been imported to China, Russia, UK, USA and Central Asia.

Lifespan: 8 – 10 years (Adult)

Colors: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Red, Harlequin

Height: Male: 81 – 89 cm (Adult), Female: 71 – 81 cm (Adult)

Origin: India, Pakistan

Temperament: Aggressive, Protective

Weight: Male: 70–90 kg, Female: 70–90 kg

  1. Himalayan Sheepdog

The Himalayan Sheepdog, also referred to as the Bhote Kukur or Bhotia, is a livestock guardian dog that originated from Nepal. This mountain dog breed is closely similar to Tibetan Mastiff and may be related to the long-haired Kinnaur Sheepdog of Tibet. Naturally, Himalayan Sheepdogs enjoy outdoor lifestyles and are rarely seen beyond the regions of India and Nepal. As a powerful and robust breed, the Himalayan Sheepdog is mainly used for herding purposes. The Himalayan Sheepdog is regionally popular as both a loyal companion as well as a working dog.

Colors: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Red

Origin: India, Pakistan

Temperament: Aggressive, Protective

Other names: Himalayan Shephard, Himalayan Shepherd Dog

Origin: India, China

  1. Jonangi

The Jonangi is also known as Jonangi Jagilam or Kolleti Jagilam is an Indian Dog breed, majorly found in separated state of Andhra Pradesh. It was once abundantly found in and around Kolleru Lake of West Godavari and Krishna Districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The Jonangi is not recognized by major kennel clubs in India, but this breed is being locally shown in beach festivals of Andhra Pradesh.

Origin: Andhra Pradesh, India

Colors: Black, White, Fawn, Brindle, Chocolate, Biscuit

Temperament: Spunky, Vigilant, Primitive

  1. Bakharwal dog

The Bakharwal Dog is an ancient working breed of dog found in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, where it has been bred for many centuries by the Bakarwal and Gujjar nomadic tribes as a livestock guardian dog and settlement protector. A recent study says that this species is on verge of extinction.

This breed is comes from a cross of the Tibetan Mastiff and the Indian Dog. It has more hairs on ears, neck, back and on tail, and prefers colder climes.

Origin: Jammu and Kashmir, India

Temperament: Courageous, Loyal, Protective, Serious, Rugged, Ferocious

Colors: Piebald, Black & Tan, Tri-color

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