Indian Breeds Of Dogs I Bet You Didn’t Know About

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In this article I am going to talk about Indian breeds of dogs. So here are some questions for you, have you travelled to different states in India? What is the first thing you notice when you’re at a new location? The Panoramic View? The Climate? The Food? There’s one more thing that will definitely grab your attention which is the local dogs, especially if you’re at a food joint. Also, if you are a dog lover, like me, you will naturally be allured (Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes). Significantly, the local dogs in Shimla look entirely different from the local dogs in Ooty. Ever wondered why?

In this blog post, you will know and learn about the varied ranges of Indian dog breeds. So, if you want to know more about the possible exotic Indian dog breeds you can adopt, then here are some of the pedigree Indian dog breeds you can welcome into your hearts and homes based on their natural habitat.

1. Rajapalayam

Rajapalayam indian breeds of dog

The Rajapalayam draws its name from the small town of Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu. Typically, these dogs are pure white with pink noses and pale skin. In addition, Rajapalayams make excellent guard dogs for families and their large size can intimidate any intruder coming into your home. For this reason, the Indian Army has deputed them as guard dogs in the borders of Kashmir.

2. Rampur Greyhound

Rampur greyhound indian breeds of dogs

The Royal Indian dog breed, the Rampur Greyhound, is the fastest running dog in the country. The former king of Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) played a great role in evolving the Rampur Greyhound. Interestingly, the blood lines of very powerful Afghan’s Tazi dog and English Greyhound have developed these dogs. Its 270 degree field of vision is the most unique aspect of a Rampur Hound, above all.

3.  Kashmiri Mastiff (Bakharwal)

Kashmiri mastiff indian breeds of dogs

Meet the Himalayan beauty- The Kashmiri Mastiff! Its origin lies in northern India, specifically in the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Notably, from centuries, the Gujjar and Bakharwal communities breed the Kashmiri Mastiff for the purpose of guarding their Livestock and houses. As a result, Bakharwal and Gujjar Dogs are common names for the Kashmiri Mastiff. Similar breeds’ names include, the Himalayan Sheepdog, Bhotia or Gaddi Dog and the Indian Leopard Hound.

4. Mudhol Hound

Mudhol hound indian breeds of dogs

The Mudhol Hound is a perfect example of exotic Indian breeds of dogs and it is found in parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. History says, Shrimant Rajesaheb Malojirao Ghorpade of Mudhol revived the Mudhol Hound. He noticed the local folks using these hounds for hunting. Using selective breeding, he was able to restore the royal Mudhol Hound. On a visit to England in the early 1900s, the Maharaja of Mudhol State presented King George V a pair of hounds, which popularized the Mudhol Hounds. Recently, the Indian Army recruited Six Desi Mudhol Hounds into their ranks in Jammu & Kashmir.

What an inspiring story! Know your tribe and revive your kind.

5. Chippipari & Kanni

Chippipari & kanni indian breeds of dogs

Chippiparai and Kanni are South Indian dog breeds. Both are almost similar in looks and are great for guarding. Additionally, they are categorized as hounds and often regarded as the most intelligent and biddable Indian breeds of dogs.  The Kanni (which means maiden) is a rare indigenous South Indian dog breed found in the state of Tamil Nadu. Furthermore, the breed is an extension of the Caravan or Mudhol Hound, and also a descendant of the Saluki. 

6. Kombai or Combai Dog

Kombai or combai

Kombai is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. In ancient times, Kombai was a war dog. The sculptures of war dogs are found in ancient Tamil temples. Furthermore, the Kombai has been recognized and well represented by the Kennel Club of India in various dog shows. The Kombai is very alert and easily adaptable to the climatic conditions. Kombai continues to be popular in South India as loyal family pets.

7. Indian Spitz

Indian splltz

He’s my handsome guy, Tuffy. He belongs to one of the most popular Indian dog breeds, the Indian Spitz. Their longhaired coat, stylish look and playful nature, makes the Indian Spitz an enduring and classic breed. Typically, they have a pure milky white double coat. However, mixed shades are not uncommon. It is believed that the Indian Spitz have descended from the German Spitz. They were first introduced by the British during the 19th century. Though, there are different standards around the world as to the ideal size of this breed, they are generally larger than their smaller cousins, the Pomeranian.

8. Kumaon Mastiff

Kumaon mastiff

The Kumaon Mastiff is a very ancient and rare livestock guardian breed. These dogs are indigenous to the Kumaon region of the Himalayan Mountains in the present-day state of Uttarakhand, India. They have high energy and massive strength. Currently, with about 150-200 specimens remaining, this dog is extremely rare even in the area of its origin.

9. Indian Pariah

Indian pariah

My desi girl, Selfie, is an Indian Pariah. The Indian Pariah dogs are also known as companion dogs. They are extremely playful, affectionate and devoted family dogs with high intelligence. Additionally, they are pure breeds, well suited for extreme Indian climates, where temperatures can vary from -10℃ to 50℃. Besides, they are very alert dogs which are easily trainable. They often qualify as guard dogs and police dogs.

10. Indian Mastiff or Bully Dog

Indian mastiff or bully dog

The Indian Mastiff or Bully Dog is a working dog breed used for hunting and guarding. The word Bully derives from the root word of the Bohli languages Hindi-Urdu and Punjabi, which means ‘heavily wrinkled’. This breed is popular in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. They are dominating canines, and hence, suitable only for well-experienced dog owners.

“Adopting one dog may not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

To summarize, the Indian dog breeds are much easier to maintain and cost less to raise. They are skilled, sturdy and adapt well to India’s tropical climate. Even though there has been a recent rise in attention and adoption, there is still quite a large number of them dwelling on the streets. This is primarily because of preferences over foreign breeds and sometimes because of zero awareness.

In his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address in August 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Indians to adopt Indian breeds of dogs as he emphasized the need to be self-reliant in all areas.

It is high time we realize this issue and revive our Indian dog breeds by propagation and adoption. Let’s together make our home a ‘Home Slurp Home’ .

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Evelyn Marian
Evelyn Marian
6 months ago

Thank you so much for this! Getting to know so many new things from your articles!! (I bet a very few know about it)♥️♥️

Amita Ivy Satur
Amita Ivy Satur
6 months ago
Reply to  Evelyn Marian

Thank you for the admiration and support, [email protected]’s Delight !!!

Caroline Satur
Caroline Satur
6 months ago

Yes baby, adopting a dog will definitely bring a change in that dog’s world…specially a stray..we have one(brought in by you) and I see the difference…It’s the most noble deed.
God bless you .Really proud of the mission you have undertaken.

Amita Ivy Satur
Amita Ivy Satur
6 months ago
Reply to  Caroline Satur

Compassion, Earnestness, Determination, Perseverance, Gratitude.
I have inherited all these qualities from you.
(Most importantly, you have taught me to spell all these, ma’am.) (BROAD GRIN)
Thank you, for always being my anchor and adding love to everything I do.
Te amo mamá!

Prakash Tiwari
6 months ago

Excellent information regarding Exotic Indian Dog Breeds.

Amita Ivy Satur
Amita Ivy Satur
6 months ago
Reply to  Prakash Tiwari

Thanks a bunch uncle Prakash!
Thank you for staying connected!

Rekha Gulla
Rekha Gulla
6 months ago

Really informative , thankyou for keeping me up to date with the breeds. I agree that we should adopt Indian dog breeds more often!
Great use of skills and vocabulary. Stay blessed.

Amita Ivy Satur
Amita Ivy Satur
6 months ago
Reply to  Rekha Gulla

A unanimous perception is always a great boost for anyone’s work.
Thank you for your blessings and admiration ma’am!

Nimisha J.k
Nimisha J.k
7 months ago

Thank you ma’am for your Knowledge and study in Indian dog breeds. Really didn’t know about our own Indian dog breeds.❤️❤️❤️

Niranjan Kumar Pandey
Niranjan Kumar Pandey
7 months ago

Indian dog ke sambandh me achhi jankari hai..

Amita Ivy Satur
Amita Ivy Satur
6 months ago

Thank you sir!

Niranjan pandey
Niranjan pandey
7 months ago

Bahut accha study hai indian dog ke sambandh me Thanks..

Bhoomi garhewal
7 months ago

Thanku, Thanku, Thanku very nice mam

Sheen
7 months ago

Nice work done here.. Keep it up @namastedoggy.com 💯

Amita Ivy Satur
Amita Ivy Satur
7 months ago
Reply to  Sheen

That’s so good to hear!
Thank you for the appreciation Sheen!

Palash
Palash
7 months ago

Rajapalayams are most common breed in gullies

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