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11 Best Indian Dog Breeds You Should Know About

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Here we’re going to see about Indian Dog breeds. There’s been a talk going on about how Indian dog breeds are dying out because everyone wants other foreign breeds like Labrador or German shepherds. 

Most people usually love dogs. Few people don’t have priorities about what breed the dog is. Many people prefer foreign breeds like German shepherds, Retrievers,  Doberman, and other dogs. But only a few would choose Indian breeds. 

Indian Dog breeds are found in villages, and most of them used as hunting dogs and herding dogs. Villages know the true value of the Indian dog breeds. Other people are living in cities that have Indian dog breeds and would love to have one. 

Call it an obsession, or even crazy. These few kinds of people have good taste in choosing Indian Dog breeds. You might be thinking about whether they are used only for hunting? Well no, they are useful in many ways. You can pet a few also, and they would love to perform in shows and competitions too if you train them properly. 

So here we go, the 11 Indian dog breeds you would like to know,  

Rajapalayam Dog

Indian dog breeds

It is also known as poligar hound or Indian ghost hound is a south Indian dog breed. 

They hail from Rajapalayam, a town in Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu. 

They are one of the best dog breeds in India used by herders, people used to call them “The Born Hunters”.

It is also used by armies on the borders of Kashmir.

  • Lifespan: 10 to 12 yrs
  • Weight : 22 to 25 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Adaptable for rural and urban as well (If exercised sufficiently)

Bully Kutta 

Indian dog breeds

It’s known as “Beast from the East”. It’s an Indian Large type of dog that originated from the east part of India. 

It’s mainly from Punjab and Pakistan regions including Haryana and Delhi as well as Tamil Nadu. 

They are thick-boned with a muscular structure that has a mix of British and Indian mastiffs. People normally are used for herding and guarding dogs. 

  • Lifespan:  8 to10 yrs
  • Weight: 70 to 90 Kgs
  • Breed Nature: Trainable, Aggressive, and Protective 

Kanni Dog

Indian dog breeds

Kanni means “Pure”. It’s a royal indigenous dog from South India. 

They originate from the villages around Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts. 

The breed is mainly used for coursing. It’s known as the “Maiden’s Beat Master” which defends the territory from wild animals. 

  • Lifespan: 14 to 16 yrs
  • Weight : 16 to 22 kgs 
  • Breed Nature: Agile and Protective 

Indian Spitz 

indian dog breeds

Well, a lot of people confuse this breed with Pomeranian. These are two different small breeds. 

It was one of the most popular breeds in the 1980 s and 1990 s. It’s high-spirited, intelligent, alert, and obedient. 

  • Lifespan: 10 to 14 years.
  • Weight : 12 to 20 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Domestic, Friendly, and aggressive towards strangers


Indian dog breeds

Chippiparai is a sighthound breed from Southern India, Tamil Nadu. 

They are perfect guard dogs for estates and homes as they are intelligent, sharp, and brave enough to protect the families. 

It is a one-man dog, bred from the royal families of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. 

They are used for hunting prey like deer, wild boar, and hare.

  • Lifespan: 13 to 4 yrs
  • Weight : 15 to 20 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Hunting, Owner-friendly


indian dog breeds

It’s often confused with Tibetan Mastiff but It’s an Indian mastiff, also known as Mahidant Mastiff. 

They are one of the dangerous dog breeds, which is found in Himalayan ranges and can be found herding flocks of sheep with the shepherd who is commonly known as Gaddis.

  • Lifespan: 10 to 12 yrs
  • Weight : 35 to 45 kgs
  • Breed nature: Friendly, Intelligent, calm, ferocious, and territorial.

Kombai Dog

The kombai is an Indian breed dog found in the native of Tamil Nadu. They are highly intelligent and affectionate to their owner and family.

They make excellent guard dogs and are usually used for hunting. 

  • Lifespan: 13 to14 yrs
  • Weight : 15 to 20 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Aggressive and Savage  

Mudhol Hound 

Indian dog breeds

Mudhol hound also known as Martha hound, Pashmi hound, and the Kathewar dog is a sighthound breed from India. 

It gets its name from a place called Bagalkot. It was called the  caravan hound by the Britishers

It can mainly be found in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and a few parts of Telangana.

  • Lifespan: 10 to 12 yrs
  • weight : 10 to 14 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Loyal, Graceful and Courageous

Bakhrawal Dog 

Indian dog breeds

Bakharwal Dog Breed is found in the Himalayan range of Northern India. 

It’s an ancient dog breed found across the Pir Panjal Range where it has been bred for many centuries by the Bakarwal and Gujjar tribes. 

Unlike other dogs, Bakhrawal dogs don’t eat meat but instead dines on milk, bread, and dairy products.  

  • Lifespan: 8 to 12 yrs
  • Weight : 25 to 35 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Loyal, Rugged and Serious

Indian Pariah Dog  

Indian dog breeds

Indian pariah dogs are also known as (देशी ) pariah dogs. It’s the oldest Indian dog breed in the sub-continent. 

They live among human beings and are quite comfortable with human beings. They make good guard dogs and police dogs. 

They can make good pets if raised from pets and will protect their owners.  

  • Life span: 10 to 12 yrs
  • Weight: 15 to 25 yrs
  • Breed Nature: adaptable to any climate conditions and smartest breed on Indian soil.

Kumaon Mastiff

Indian dog breeds

Kumaon Mastiff is an Indian breed mainly found in Himalayan ranges where these dogs are bred by the Kumaon tribe. 

These dogs are difficult to handle sometimes and require a lot of training and are a one-man dog.

These dogs have been bred for guarding and companion and need only moderate exercise   

  • Lifespan: 10 to 12 yrs
  • Weight : 50 to 60 kgs
  • Breed Nature: Aggressive and Fierce
Well, there are other Indian dog breeds such as,
  1. Pandikona,
  2. Vanjari hound,
  3. Vikhan sheepdog, 
  4. Mahratta Greyhound, etc. 

I would suggest people go for Indian dog breeds because they don’t know the specialty and friendly nature of our Indian dog breeds, instead, they prefer to choose foreign dogs over Indi-dogs because they are physically appealing. They remain scarce and we become the reason for their non-existence in the future. Looking for more info about dogs? Visit WoofyDoof.

I would be glad if you share your thoughts and feedback in the comment section. If any of the breeds are left out, feel free to mention them below.

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Born and Brought up in Bangalore. Done with my B.com in Computer Applications. Currently into Digital Marketing and Blogging. Animal Lover and A Traveller. Currently, Single If you Must know. Big Fan OF Real Madrid.

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  1. Hi Brijesh,
    First off congrats on the blog.
    Thank you for letting people know about the mans best friend breeds.
    Hope to see more of your blogs.

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