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List of 29 Most Popular Indian Dog Breeds – With Description

Dogs are the best friends that we all need in our lives. They are goofy, loyal and cuddly, in short, every doggo is a good boy. But with the boom of popularity of Western dogs we are neglecting our very own Indian dog breeds that are as good as any “Golden Retriever”. And due to our persistence on buying foreign breeds, mostly all of our indigenous dog breeds are on the verge of extinction. So today, in a hope of bringing some notice towards these good doggos, we have brought the list of 29 Indian Dog Breeds, so let us take a look at them.

But before that, let us think about some things before bringing any dog home:

  • Is the dog that you are about to bring home suitable for your apartment size, the climatic conditions of your state and for any babies, kids or other pets at your home?
  • Will you be able to love and care for them like your own baby or a family member?
  • Will you be able to give them an active life with lots of physical work and training?
  • Are you financially stable to give them food, shelter and health services?
  • Finally, if you can, adopt and don’t buy.

If the answers are all yes, then take a look below:

List of 29 Indian Dog Breeds

1. Rajapalayam also known as Polygar Hound, Shikkar Hound, or Indian Ghost Hound: This handsome and graceful dog was developed by the Chola dynasty and bred by the Nykar dynasty of Tamil Nadu of Southern India and makes a great guard dog. It is actually still used by the Indian Army near the Kashmir border. Initially, they were raised as royalty companion or war dogs (in Carnatic war and Polygar war) or hunt animals like wild boar and thus they have a hound tendency. They are large and active and need a large space and continuous working and training to grow to their full potential. And because this good boy has been raised through years to be a hunter, you need to get them socializing from a young age to be hospitable. This is an iconic Indian dog breed, capable of killing a tiger when in group, has been featured on a postage stamp released by the Indian Post in the mid 2000 to spread awareness about them.

Rajapalayam - Indian Dog Breeds
Rajapalayam – Indian Dog Breeds
Size Large
Group Sight hound, hunters, working
Height 65-75 cms or 25-30 inches
Weight 30-45 kgs
Life span 12-13 years
Colors White fur with light brown hues and pink skin underneath
Eye color Brown, blue, golden
Fur coat Do not shed much and needs weekly grooming
Appearance Pink noses and short and fine coat
Temperament Affectionate, loyal, aggressive, fearless, protective, highly active, hostile towards strangers, not very good with other pets like cats, socializing training needed
Health conditions and diseases Congenital eye defects, deafness, mange due to mite or lice, rarely gets joint pains or skin diseases.
Price 8-13k
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2. Pandikona or Indian Doberman (name given by British in 1800): Pandikona are primitive (evolved without human interaction) dogs that are native to the Pandikona village of Andhra Pradesh in South India. This breed has been bred as a hunter dog from ages and hunt boar, rabbits, hare, snake, rodents and vermin and hence this dog is quite hard to train in households. Although once trained, they are great guard dogs and are safe around kids but they still need a big and open space to use their huge energy. On the plus side, they are really low maintenance and can really survive on their own.

Pandikona or Indian Doberman

Size Medium
Group Sight hound, guard dogs, hunters
Height 48-66 cms or 19-26 inches
Weight 20-32 kgs
Life span 10-15 years
Colors Light brown, fawn, black, orange
Eye color Brown, black, orange
Fur coat Short fur and require little grooming
Appearance Medium sized with short fur
Temperament Brave, independent, fearless, territorial, cannot share home with other pets, athletic, loyal, energetic, not nice towards strangers, can thrive in heat, lives in well-formed packs with highly intelligent communication network
Common Problems and diseases Sometimes hip dysplasia, itchy skin but otherwise really hardy and healthy
Price 2-7k

 

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3. Taji/ Tazy or Kazakh hound or Middle Asian Greyhound: Tazi is nearly extinct sight hound hunting dog is native to south and central Asian countries like Kazakhstan and India and it is believed that they are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. They were used to hunt bears, gazelles, foxes, marmots and even some wild cats. Although now, it is really difficult to find a real Tazi in the South Asian region as the breed travelled to Russia long ago and now is called the Russian Tazi.

Taji/ Tazy or Kazakh hound or Middle Asian Greyhound

Size Medium
Group Sight hound, hunters
Height 60-72 cms or 24-28 inches
Weight 32-35 kgs
Life span 9-12 years
Colors Brown, black, orange
Eye color Brown, black
Fur coat Short fur on body and long fur on tail and require little grooming
Appearance Beautiful deep-chested and long legs
Temperament Independent, confident, aloof, playful, vigilant, good endurance, agile, athletic, strong built, loyal, affectionate, alert, energetic, brave
Common Problems and diseases NA
Price 30-90k or more (very rare)

 

4. Kanni (means “pure”): Also known as beast master and native to Tamil Nadu, this breed is used for coursing game. Kanni dogs are black and tan and any other coloured Kanni is known as Chippiparai.

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Kanni - Indian Dog Breeds

Size Medium
Group Hound, hunter
Height 64-74 cms or 25-29 inches
Weight 16-22 kgs
Life span 14-16 years
Colors Black, tan
Eye color Golden
Fur coat Short fur
Appearance Tall legs and deep-chested
Temperament Shy, faithful, independent, loyal
Common Problems and diseases Musculoskeletal, bloat, dental problems, liver diseases, tapeworms, ticks and fleas.
Price 5-7k

 

5. Mudhol hound or Caravan hound or Pashmi hound or Maratha Hound or Kathewar Hound: Mostly found in South India and Deccan Plateu, India and descended from the Saluki dog breed (of Middle-East Asia), this dog breed is thriving in India. Featured on a postage stamp issued by the India Post, this breed is also employed in the Indian military services for surveillance and border protection. Their origin is not so well known, but it is known that they are named Caravan by the British people who saw them with Caravans in Karnataka, India.

Mudhol hound or Caravan hound or Pashmi hound or Maratha Hound or Kathewar Hound

Size Medium to large
Group Hunter, guard dog, hound
Height 26-28 inches
Weight 22-28 kgs
Life span 13-14 years
Colors Black, white, brindle
Eye color Hazel, amber
Fur coat Short fur
Appearance Tall, muscular
Temperament Loyal, sensitive, courageous, elegant, hardy, elegant, fierce, great speed and stamina, strong, not really good for families, aloof, high prey drive, needs socializing training as pups
Common Problems and diseases Common cold, sunburn
Price 7-10k

 

6. Sinhala Hound: Although the exact origin of this breed is not known and debatable but it is believed that this dog breed originated from various parts of India and Sri-Lanka. But because they are really similar to the Indian Pariah breed in appearance (but totally different in skills and temperament), that is why it is speculated that it is an Indian breed related to the Pariah. It is also said that an indigenous Sri-Lankan group of people known as Vedda used this breed for hunting or as wedding gifts because of its popularity.

Sinhala Hound

Size Small to medium
Group Hound, hunter, worker
Height 33-41 cms or 14-16 inches
Weight 9-11 kgs
Life span 14-18 years
Colors Black, tan, sable, red, brown, brindle
Eye color Brown
Fur coat Thick and soft, moderate shedding, minimal grooming required
Appearance Droopy ears
Temperament Loyal, highly energetic, alert, great stamina, good endurance, faithful
Common Problems and diseases Overall healthy
Price NA (a rare breed to find)

 

7. Vanjari Hound or Banjara Hound or Vanchari Hound: This greyhound species of dog is native to Maharashtra state of western India and was anciently bred by the nomadic vanjari people as a herd guard dog. They look like a large Saluki.

Vanjari Hound or Banjara Hound or Vanchari Hound

Size Large
Group Guard dog
Height 25-30 inches
Weight 28-32 kgs
Life span 10-14 years
Colors Brindle, brown, black, white, cream
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Fine, low shedding
Appearance Tall, thin, droopy eyes
Temperament Smart, gentle, intelligent, antisocial
Common Problems and diseases Flea, ear and eye infections
Price NA (a rare breed to find)

 

8. Santal Hound: This breed got its name from the Santal tribe of the Indian states like Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West-Bengal. This tribe used to breed this dog for survival economy and some ritual context in the annual hunt of other tribes like Desom Sendwa.

Santal Hound - Indian Dog Breeds

Size Medium
Group Hound
Height 16-17 inches
Weight 9-11 kgs
Life span 10-12 years
Colors Brown, yellowish brown
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Fine and smooth, minimal shedding
Appearance Medium built, erect ears
Temperament Intelligent, independent, affectionate, alert
Common Problems and diseases Parvovirus, heartworm
Price 1-2k

 

9. Soriala greyhound or Bengal hound or Sarail hound: This wild looking dog is native to southern Asian countries like India and Bangladesh and is closely related to the Rampur hound found in the Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh state of India and is believed to be descended from the Saluka and English Grey Hounds. Bred from some of the most powerful dogs, this breed can hunt vermin, deer, jackals and even a large bull.

Soriala greyhound or Bengal hound or Sarail hound

Size Medium to large
Group Sight hound, hunter
Height 23-28 inches
Weight 18-33 kgs
Life span 8-14 years
Colors Brown and white, brindle, black and white
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Short and thin
Appearance Fine boned, lightly built, tall
Temperament Energetic, high prey drive, tough
Common Problems and diseases NA
Price NA (a rare breed to find)

 

10. Dhangri or Thelari or Maharashtrian shepherd dog: Bred by the Korku tribe of Maharashtra state in India by mating the Pariah dog with some native hounds like the Kakadi hound and the Caravan hound. This dog was kept to guard houses and herd livestock like sheep and goats and hence they are suited for the rural environment. Although it is believed that this rare species is extinct now due to common working crosses with the Pashmi hound. Earlier, they used to be massive and were used for protection and guarding but the present day hybrid one is smaller and hence used for herding.

Dhangri or Thelari or Maharashtrian shepherd dog
Dhangri or Thelari or Maharashtrian shepherd dog
Size NA
Group Hound, hunter, herder
Height NA
Weight NA
Life span NA
Colors Black with white markings
Eye color NA
Fur coat Thick and rich
Appearance Thin and slim, white markings on tail and feet
Temperament Intelligent, loyal, aggressive, powerful
Common Problems and diseases NA
Price NA (a rare breed to find), might be available in Pune, Satara of Maharashtra or Rohilkhand in Uttar Pradesh

 

11. Chippiparai or Shippiparai or Maiden’s Beastmaster: This famous Indian dog breed got its name from the Chippiparai town in Tamil Nadu, India. This breed was bred by the royal families in Chippiparai and Tirunelveli near Madurai district in Tamil Nadu and used for hunting games of rabbits, deer and pigs but nowadays used for racing. This beautiful breed was a symbol of royalty and dignity for the rulers back then and was often gifted to newlyweds as guardian and companion, but is rare and dangerously endangered now with only a few left. Pure black Chippiparai are also known as Kanni which means “pure”.

Chippiparai or Shippiparai or Maiden’s Beastmaster
Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium to large
Group Guard dog, hunter, sight hound
Height 31-38 inches
Weight 15-20 kgs
Life span 13-14 years
Colors Brown, cream, yellowish brown
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Silver grey, white, grey, fawn
Appearance Tall and skinny
Temperament Energetic (puppies are highly energetic), dignified, affectionate, easy going, needs attention and hates isolation
Common Problems and diseases Little care needed, naturally robust and sturdy (basic vaccinations needed), need lots of exercise
Price 6-8k (used to be expensive when hunting was legal)

 

12. Kombai or Combai or Indian Rottweiler or Indian Terrier: This dog breed is found in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and because it resembles the Terrier group of dogs so closely, they are also known as Indian Terrier. This ancient breed that can be traced back to 15th century but some sources depict that they might be from the 9th Historically they were used in military as royal guard dog and played a great role in the Marudhu brother’s revolt against the British, they were also bred for hunting boar, deer, lion, bear and bison and were also kept by the Maravar kings as royal guard dogs. This breed is believed to be derived from sight hounds originating from central Asia and still existing and popular in southern India, thanks to the efforts of breeders and kennels.

Kombai or Combai or Indian Rottweiler or Indian Terrier

Size Medium
Group Hunter
Height 24-26 inches
Weight 14-24 kgs
Life span 13-14 years
Colors Brown
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Fine and smooth
Appearance Brown body with black snout and ears
Temperament Fearless, loyal, intelligent, powerful, brave, alert, smart, aggressive, aloof, vigilant, laid back, smart
Common Problems and diseases Mange, dermatitis, skin infections, bugs
Price 3-5k

 

13. Indian pariah or Indi dog or In-dogs or desi dogs or Pye-dog or Naadan or Theru naai or Neri Kukur or Desi Kutta: This aboriginal landrace breed of dog is native to the Tamil Nadu state of southern India and they got their name from the Pariah tribe of the same state. “Pariah” is a Tamil word meaning “parai” which means “hereditary drummer” as they are known to be genetic ancestors of nearly all Indian dogs. This popular and breed is believed to be the first domesticated dog breeds in the world and an original of India, also found in Bangladesh. It is believed that they lived on the Indian land 60,000 years ago, even before humans came here.

Indian pariah or Indi dog or In-dogs or desi dogs or Pye-dog or Naadan or Theru naai or Neri Kukur or Desi Kutta

Size Medium
Group Guard
Height 20-25 inches
Weight 15-30 kgs
Life span Over 15 years
Colors Brown, cream with white hues
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Fine
Appearance Medium but strong built
Temperament Protective, sociable, vigilant, not good with other pets and hence needs socializing training as pups, highly intelligent, easy to train, bored easily, needs to be busy
Common Problems and diseases Hardy species, minimal health issues
Price 1-2k

 

14. Bully Kutta or Alangu Mastiff or Sindh Mastiff or Indian Mastiff or Pakistani Mastiff- Beast of the East: Found in Punjab and Sindh region between Indian and Pakistan, this really ancient breed is not so ideal for a household but in a study conducted in 2009, they scored better than the Beagles in a temperament test. They have been used for hunting, guarding and illegal dog fighting too. They are still really popular in Punjab region and unfortunately still used in illegal fights and hence still not endangered. Akbar used this dog for guarding. This breed got its name Bully from the word “bholi” meaning heavily wrinkled. This breed was used by the Persian army as guard dog for their camps and prisoners during wars and for dog-fighting. They are believed to be the successor of the Indian bully dog or the Indian mastiff and also found in the south Indian cities of Tanjavur and Trichi of Tamil Nadu. Although the origin of this breed can be traced back to Bahawalpur area of Punjab, Rajasthan and Kutch of India and Pakistan. Additionally, only experienced owners should get them.

Bully Kutta or Alangu Mastiff or Sindh Mastiff or Indian Mastiff or Pakistani Mastiff- Beast of the East:

Size Large
Group Hunter, guard
Height 30-45 inches
Weight 75-85 kgs
Life span 8-10 years
Colors White, black, light brown
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Fine
Appearance Small eyes and ears and heavy build, erect ears, broad and black muzzles
Temperament Great stamina, fearless, powerful, good fighting skills, confident, protective, highly intelligent, very aggressive, dominating, sharp instincts, robust, sturdy, loyal
Common Problems and diseases Arthritis, bloat, heart problems, dental problems
Price 15-30k

 

15. Indian Spitz: Assumed to be historically related to wolves and known to hunt rodents and pigeons, this breed surely developed cutely and is now highly popular and loved. In appearance, they are so similar to the Pomeranians that they are often mistaken as Pomeranian by people not much familiar with the breed. This breed was bred over years from the German Spitz to withstand the harsh climate of India and the breed now looks like a cross between Pomeranian, Samoyed, and German Spitz.

Indian Spitz - Indian Dog Breeds
Indian Spitz – Indian Dog Breeds
Size Small
Group Spitz
Height 8-10 inches
Weight 5-7 kgs
Life span 10-14 years
Colors White, light hues of brown
Eye color Green, blue, black, brown
Fur coat Mostly white and heavy fur, double coat
Appearance Looks like a Pomerarian
Temperament Intelligent, great for apartments, affectionate, energetic, playful, easy to train, adaptive, active, loves attention, cheerful
Common Problems and diseases Eye problems, hip dysplasia
Price 3-5k

 

16. Rampur Greyhound: This breed got its name from its native Rampur district in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. The king of Rampur used to breed this dog and this breed was considered royal, but its origin is known to be West Bengal, India. This breed was once popular for controlling the jackal population in Rampur and can even take down tigers, leopards, panthers and lions when in group. Today, this breed is rare and also endangered but some of them can be found in Northern India.

Rampur Greyhound

Size Tall and thin
Group Sight Hound
Height 55-75 cms or 22-30 inches
Weight 27-30 kgs
Life span 9-11 years
Colors White, brown, beige, brindle
Eye color 270 degree vision
Fur coat Fine and short
Appearance Thin and tall legs
Temperament Devoted, protective, affectionate, high energy levels and sometimes play rough but gentle with kids, eager to please, loving, great speed and force
Common Problems and diseases Bloat, osteosarcoma, bed sores
Price 3-6k

 

17. Mahratta Greyhound: This is one of the rarest and hard to find dog breed in its native India and in world. The few that exist reside in Maharashtra state of India. Speculated to be around 5,000 years old and used specifically for hunting, it is believed that they descended either from the Sauki breed or the local Indian Sight hound.

Mahratta Greyhound - Indian Dog Breeds
Mahratta Greyhound – Indian Dog Breeds
Size Thin and tall, large
Group Hound, hunter
Height 56 cms or 20-22 inches
Weight 20-24 kgs
Life span 10-15 years
Colors Brown, black, brindle, tan
Eye color Brindle, brown, black
Fur coat Short and average shedding
Appearance Muscular and tough frame, lean chest, thin legs
Temperament Courageous, agile, quick, powerful, loyal, durable, brave, faithful
Common Problems and diseases Good eyesight
Price 35-50k

 

18. Tangkhul Hui or Awang Huijao: Mainly found in the Urkhul district of Manipur state of India, this extremely rare and endangered breed was bred for hunting boars and other animals in the forests of the area. Historians believe that this breed is descended from the Myanmar dogs over centuries but according to the Indian Mythology, this breed is evolved from the Asiatic black bears reason being their resemblance of their muzzles. Only found in the specific district, the people are trying to repopulate this breed. According to researchers, this is an ancient breed bred over a thousand years, from various western and Indian dogs as they have untraceable varying appearance, but because of lack of any records, nothing can be said with surety. And in fact, different Tangkhul Hui can look different from each other.

Tangkhul Hui or Awang Huijao

Size Medium
Group Hunter, working, guard, spitz
Height 56-66 cms or 22-26 inches
Weight 27-31 kgs
Life span 12-15 years
Colors Brown, black with white spots
Eye color Black, brown, brindle
Fur coat Short and low shedding, some of them can have longer coats
Appearance Short curled tail, pointed nose, pricked ears
Temperament Alert, free spirited, loyal, quick learner, obedient, intelligent, easy going, people oriented, aloof, cautious, shy, friendly
Common Problems and diseases Healthy and hardy
Price 5-20k

 

19. Bakharwal mastiff or Gujjar watchdog or Kashmiri sheepdog or Kashmiri mastiff: This ancient and endangered dog breed is native to the Jammu and Kashmir union territory and Himalayan range (Pir Panjal mountain range) of northern India. This breed got its name from the bakharwal tribe which used to breed the dog and is believed to be descended from wolf and Molosser. Bakharwal is derived from the Hindi word “bakri” meaning goat as the dog was bred to protect goats and other livestock from wolves, bears and foxes. It was also bred by the Muslim nomadic group known as Gujjar tribe as a livestock guardian and protector dog. This breed is on the brink of extinction, one reason being them only producing 1-3 pups per year.

Bakharwal mastiff or Gujjar watchdog or Kashmiri sheepdog or Kashmiri mastiff

Size Large
Group Guard, hunter, working
Height 24-30 inches
Weight 40-65 kgs
Life span 10-12 years
Colors Brown, black, beige, cream, white
Eye color Brown, brindle
Fur coat Heavy fur for adjusting to the harsh and cold climate
Appearance Heavy and muscular, needs big space, straight back, broad shoulders, long legs, strong boned, large heads
Temperament Agile, strong, powerful, loyal, friendly, vegetarian- eats milk and bread, energetic, alert, brave, courageous, independent
Common Problems and diseases Very low birth ratio, listed endangered by IUCN
Price 1-3k

 

20. Jonangi: This hypoallergenic (low shedding of fur or allergens) dog breed, majorly native to Andhra Pradesh of Southern India and the eastern coast from Bengal to Kanyakumari, this breed is also a show dog for the local beach festivals of the state. This dog was bred to herd ducks, birds and for hunting games. Over time, the duck farmers switched from keeping ducks to keeping some other aquatic animals that left these dogs unwanted and on their own. With time they learned fishing to feed themselves and were killed by fish farmers because they became a pest for them.

Jonangi - Indian Dog Breeds
Jonangi – Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium
Group Working, herder, hunter
Height 17-22 inches
Weight 13-22 kgs
Life span 10-14 years
Colors Fawn, biscuit, chocolate, white, black
Eye color Brindle, brown
Fur coat Short and fine, minimal shedding of fur or allergens, good for people with allergies
Appearance Looks like a red fox, stiff body, tulip shaped ears, wrinkled forehead and curled tail
Temperament Quiet (does not bark, instead yodel), affectionate, devoted, funky, good swimmers, agile, vigilant, loyal, loves to dig holes to spare energy and sleeps in them.
Common Problems and diseases Overall robust
Price NA (a rare breed to find)

 

21. Vikhan Sheepdog or Giant Rough Collies: This not much heard of Indian dog breed originated from Himachal Pradesh state of northern India and are also found in the border area of Pakistan. This dog is now on the verge of extinction but their courage and speed made them great leopard hunter. This breed got its name from the name of an ancient language “Vikh” that was spoken in its native.

Vikhan Sheepdog or Giant Rough Collies

Size Medium
Group Livestock guard, hunter, working
Height 66 cms or 26 inches
Weight 25-40 kgs
Life span 11-14 years
Colors Black, fawn, brown, red
Eye color Black, brown, brindle
Fur coat Rich coat also used for wool making
Appearance Resembles a Scotch Collie, droopy ears, bushy tail
Temperament Fearless, courageous, intelligent, loyal, agile, fierce, good stamina, quick learners, territorial, possessive, lots of obedience and socializing training needed
Common Problems and diseases NA
Price 10-15k

 

22. Himalayan mastiff or Tibetan Mastiff or Himalayan guard dog or Indigenous mastiff: Native to Tibet, this large dog can take down wolves and is critically endangered.

Himalayan mastiff or Tibetan Mastiff or Himalayan guard dog or Indigenous mastiff:
Himalayan mastiff or Tibetan Mastiff or Himalayan guard dog or Indigenous mastiff:
Size Large
Group Guard
Height 60-70 cms or 24-26 inches
Weight 35-70 kgs
Life span 10-16 years
Colors Black, tan, red, bluish gray with white markings
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Heavy and lush double coat
Appearance Looks like a small bear
Temperament Athletic, pleasers, calm, loving, loner
Common Problems and diseases Skin problems, dental problems, cardiac problems, seizures, eye and ear infections
Price NA (a rare breed to find)

 

23. Kumaon mastiff or Indian mastiff or Cypro Kukor: Originating (or migrated a long time ago and settled here) from a mountainous state Uttarakhand of northern India, this is a fierce guardian and herder dog for the Kumaon people of mountains hence its name. This breed shows a resemblance to the old and aggressive Great Danes and also is a rare breed to find as it is in danger of extinction and only around a hundred still exist. Although one can find this breed in Finland and Italy where they were introduced in the 19th.

Kumaon mastiff or Indian mastiff or Cypro Kukor

Size Large and heavy
Group Working, molloser, guardian, herder
Height 27-30 inches
Weight 75-90 kgs
Life span 10-12 years
Colors Multiple brown shades, brindle
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Soft and short
Appearance Massive with wrinkled muscles and black snout
Temperament Courageous, fierce, powerful, great protective instincts, proud, difficult to train for obedience and socializing
Common Problems and diseases Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, vaginal hyperplasia
Price 12-20k

 

24. Gull Dong or Indian Bulldog or Bully Gull terrier: It is believed that this breed was originated in the now Pakistan (earlier India) by crossbreeding Gull Terrier with the Bully Kutta, both of which are Indian breeds of dogs. Physically this breed is similar to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the power of this breed is unmatchable and hence, they were often used in illegal dog-fighting.

Gull Dong or Indian Bulldog or Bully Gull terrier
Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium
Group Terrier
Height 46-56 cms or 18-22 inches
Weight 20-40 kgs
Life span 10-14 years
Colors White with occasional dark markings
Eye color Black, brown, amber
Fur coat Smooth
Appearance Short snout, small, eyes, small ears like bull dogs
Temperament Strong willed, loyal, powerful, tough, dominant, aggressive, needs proper training from experienced people to be with families, independent
Common Problems and diseases Ear infections, deafness
Price 11-13k

 

25. Gull terrier or Gull terr: Originally used for bull-baiting and dog fights by British, this breed was initially bred in the Punjab region of Pakistan and India and their ancestors are some ancient Indian breeds and the British Bull terriers that the British people brought with them to the Indian sub continent. The Bull terriers were bred with Indian breeds that resulted in our ancient terrier-type Gull terrier. And from then on, the Gull terriers have been bred with multiple breeds to create more unique breeds.

Gull terrier or Gull terr - Indian Dog Breeds
Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium
Group Terrier, guard, molosser
Height 46-56 cms or 18-22 inches
Weight 20-30 kgs
Life span 8-14 years
Colors White, beige, light pink
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Short, dense
Appearance Large erect ears and small eyes
Temperament Cautious, highly loyal, protective, highly aggressive, aloof, vigilant
Common Problems and diseases Deafness, blindness
Price NA

 

26. Kaikadi or Kakadi: Named after a nomadic tribe of Maharashtra state of India-the Kaikadi tribe, this dog has been bred as a watch dog for cattle herds and and hunter for hare, fox, rodent and vermin and hence it is suitable for open areas like farms and fields. Although it is pretty rare to find an original Kaikadi because over time, they bred with some other breeds of dogs like the Indian Pariah.

Kaikadi or Kakadi
Kaikadi or Kakadi – Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium
Group Watch dog, cattle guard dog, believed to be a terrier
Height Less than or equal to 40 cms
Weight 15-20 kgs
Life span 13-14 years
Colors White, tan, black, red
Eye color Blue, brown, amber
Fur coat Short, little grooming needed
Appearance Thin long legs, powerful thighs, tapering long tail, narrow head, erect ears and thin eyes
Temperament Alert, athletic, lively, diligent, independent, energetic, courageous, suitable for farms, not great with other dogs, socializing training needed as a pup
Common Problems and diseases Overall healthy but needs basic vaccinations
Price 7-11k

 

27. Gaddi kutta or Himalayan Sheepdog or Bhote or Bhotia or Indian Panther or Maidana Mastiff: This breed has appearance similar to the Tibetan Mastiff and is native to the mountainous Himalayan region, Himachal Pradesh of the Northern India and Nepal. They are fierce guard dogs of the Gaddi tribe and can take down even a snow leopard. This breed shares a genetic inheritance with an Australian dog breed-Dingo dogs but how is not known. They might be closely and anciently related to long haired kinnaur sheepdog of Tibet too.

Gaddi kutta or Himalayan Sheepdog or Bhote or Bhotia or Indian Panther or Maidana Mastiff
Indian Dog Breeds
Size Large
Group Hunter, herder, guard
Height 20-30 inches
Weight 37-45 kgs
Life span 10-12 years
Colors Black, brindle, fawn, cream, yellow with brown or beige face, chest, legs and tail
Eye color Black, brown
Fur coat Heavy and lush
Appearance Looks like a small brown or black bear
Temperament Devoted, highly intelligent, calm, territorial, aggressive with strangers, obedience and socializing training needed, stubborn, independent
Common Problems and diseases Healthy, resistant to parasites and infections, robust immune system
Price 2-25k

 

28. Soneri Kutta: Soneri breed’s origin is not well known and it is assumed that when British people came to India, they brought with them some dog breeds that were good swimmers like Labrador. And Soneri breed is a mix of those dogs and the Indian Pariah breed. Native to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states in India, this breed was used to herd buffaloes in and around the Son River and hence they got their name from Son.

Soneri Kutta - Indian Dog Breeds
Soneri Kutta – Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium
Group NA
Height NA
Weight NA
Life span NA
Colors Black, red or white or fawn spots
Eye color NA
Fur coat NA
Appearance Looks like a hound
Temperament Active, athletic, sturdy, great stamina, energetic, loyal, alert, protective
Common Problems and diseases NA
Price NA (a rare breed to find)

 

29. Dhole or Asiatic or Indian wild dog: This dog looks like a red fox in disguise and hence it is also known as red dog or red fox dog. Similar to the Australian border collie in structure but similar to African wild dogs in their conduct, these dogs can kill larger preys.

Dhole or Asiatic or Indian wild dog
Indian Dog Breeds
Size Medium
Group Hunter
Height 48-52 cms
Weight 12-20 kgs
Life span 15-17 years
Colors Red, reddish brown, charcoal gray, beige
Eye color Amber
Fur coat Fluffy and heavy fur
Appearance Looks like a red fox
Temperament Social and lives in clans
Common Problems and diseases Communicable diseases from domestic and feral dogs, listed endangered by the IUCN
Price Not allowed as pets

 

We hope that this list of every Indian Dog Breeds helped you in your search for your perfect partner. Let us all find them, adopt them and nurture them so that they thrive. Have a great day ahead.

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