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Indian Dog Breeds- Best Indian Dogs You must know about

Doesn’t matter what breed, their love and loyalty towards us never end. Well, there’s been a lot of arguments going on for a while now on Foreign dog breeds and Indian dog breeds. People in India are more interested in Foreign dog breeds rather than country dog breeds. An effortless situation where you can naturally find foreign such as German Shepherds, Huskies, Labrador  Retrievers, and other such breeds. But a very unique set of people know what Indian breed dogs are capable of. 

They are Usually Known to be hunting dogs. Unlike other foreign dogs, Indian dog breeds seem to look different in looks, personalities, and behavior. There have been a lot of talks where these indigenous dogs of India have been hitting extinction due to a vast demand for offshore breeds 

Well on the bright side because of their extinction some people have been breeding dogs. These country dogs are quite rare in India too. 

These hounds are capable of hunting, protecting and some dogs are used in Military forces too. They are more smart, sharp, and powerful than the western breeds. 

That being said, Here’s a list of India Dog Breeds You must know About 

Gaddi Kutta – Largest Dog Breed In India

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A Mountain dog found in Northern India. Usually found in the Himalayan borders of states such as Himachal Pradesh. Often confused with Tibetian Mastiff which is one of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world. They are mainly known for hunting and guarding livestock, sheep, and others. 

They are excellent guard dogs and don’t need training when it comes to protecting their livestock and territory. A little practice to be given for the sake of human companionship and often aggressive with strangers if they try to invade the property. They are good with children if proper socialization and when things are normal. 

Lifespan: 10 years – 12 years

Temperament: Territorial, Calm  

Colour: Yellow, Piebald, 

Height: 56–79 cm, Female: 51–70 cm

Rampur Greyhound

They are known to have good chronicles when compared to other dogs. Researchers have mentioned that these dogs were the pick of Maharaj’s in the past. Since the arrival of the western breeds, they have taken a significant hit. 

They are used to protect people around them in small villages. It has the power to hunt big games such as jackals, leopards, and panthers. On the other hand, they are good with children and have natural protective instincts, and are better trained. 

They crave human companionship and love. It is better to have one such Dog because they are a little tough with other dogs. 

Lifespan: 9 years to 12 years

Temperament: Devoted, Loving

Colour: Mouse gray, Grizzle 

Height: Male 61 cm – 76 cm, Female 56 cm – 61 cm 

Mudhol Hound 

Hailing from Karnataka, they are also known as the Pashmi hound, Martha hound, and Caravan hound. These middle to large dogs serve for grading and hunting purposes. They are one of the best healthy dogs to have around and there’s nothing to be concerned about their health issues. 

They serve loyal to their owners and if they feel suspicious about anything they’re ready to attack strangers.  They are good with children. They have been used by the borderline and military forces. If u don’t mingle with them while they’re puppies, they can be troublesome to small animals. 

Lifespan: 10years to 12years

Temperament: Courageous, Elegant

Colour: Black, White, Chocolate and Brindle

 Height: Male 68cm-74cm Female 64cm-68cm 


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These dogs are most probably found in small villages of the Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. These dogs are used to guard homes and their families. The interesting part of these dogs is that they were bred to Tailing dogs which can handle extreme heat up to 110 degrees. 

They are known as the “Forgotten Doberman of India”.  They have developed this automatic sense of how to behave with humans and utmost likely guarding their properties and livestock. 

They are good with families and children but need a little socializing but it’s better to have one such dog because they’re not good with other animals.  

Lifespan: 10 years-15 years 

Temperament: Confident and Protective

Colour: Solid fawn, White and Fawn

Height: Male- 51cm to 66 cm, Female 48cm to 61 cm


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They are actually known for courage and loyalty. Found in the native of Tamil Nadu and they do have a history of their breed, stood by the Marudhu Brothers in a war against the Britishers. Suitably known as the “Indian Terrier”. 

They were pushed to the edge of extinction but the dog lovers have revived them from it. They are a smart dog breed and a group of these dogs can take down a big game such as Wild Boar, Panthers, and Leopards. They were once used as Royal guard dogs. Because of the good temperament nature left in them, they are totally different from families.  They make a great family dog and are even good with children. 

Lifespan: 13 years – 15 years

Temperament: Savage and Disciplined 

Colour: Red, Brown 

Height: 58 cm – 75 cm 

Bully Kutta – Strongest Dog breed in India

Also known as Indian Mastiff or “ Beast of the East” is a working dog that originated in the 16th century. It is mainly found in the regions of Punjab and Pakistan. You can see from its looks that it is not an ideal Family dog but more of a hunting or guard dog. They are used as fighting dogs in some regions as part of the blood game. 

Once it was a favorite dog for rulers of Thanjavur and Mughal Emperor Akbar which he used for protecting and hunting purposes. The thick boned and Muscular structures make them look Aggressive which is true and on the Otherhand, intelligent too. Need to be trained a lot when it comes to growing in a family environment.

Lifespan: 8 years – 10 years

Temperament: Aggressive , Trainable

Colour: Black, White, Brindle

Height:  Male 81 cm – 89 cm Female 72 cm – 80 cm 

Mahratta Greyhound

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They don’t have any particular history about where they originated but can be found in the state of Maharashtra. Also known as Maratha Greyhounds looks close enough to Saluki because of the smooth coat they have. Apart from the smooth coat, they were bred to be hunting dogs for nomads. 

These are fantastic hunters even though having a slim shape they are capable of hunting the game. It is usually not found with human companionship as it was bred to be a Hunting dog. 

It is Brave and courageous and the most appreciated thing about these dogs is the eyesight which helps them know where the prey’s going to attack. 

LifeSpan:  10 years – 13 years

Temperament: Brave , Courageous

Colour:  Dark blue, Tan

Height: Male 57 cm – 64 cm Female 53 cm – 60 cm 

Indian Pariah – Famous Indian Dog Breed

Also known as the Indian native dog or  Desi dog. One of the toughest and healthiest dogs around and one of the oldest dogs in the sub-continent. Not only found in India but other countries. They can make good pets if raised from puppies. They are highly sociable dogs and will protect their owners. 

They are pretty brilliant and can smell danger miles away. And are quite comfortable living among humans and show enough loyalty to their owners. One of the most popular Indian dog breeds.

Lifespan: 15 years – 25 years

Temperament: Smart, adaptable

Colour:  most observed colors are Brown

Height: 65 cm – 75 cm ( both male and Female)


These were bred to be high-spirited animals that have a huge passion and hunger to please their masters. Also known as  Polygar Hound, shikaar Hound, or Indian ghost hound. It is named after the place “Rajapalayam ” which is located at Virudhunagar District of the State Tamil Nadu. 

These dogs were developed to hunt big games such as Wild Boars, Jackals, and other such animals. They were bred as war dogs and still been used by the Indian army – in the borders of Kashmir and used as Police dogs too.  That being said, it is better to be single-operated by the owners. It is good with children but needs a lot of training due to their nature towards unfamiliar people. 

Lifespan: 10 years – 12 years

Temperament: Devoted and Affectionate 

Colour: White 

Height:  Male 65 cm – 75 cm, Female 55 cm – 63 cm


Originating around the villages of Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts. Famously known as “Kanni” which means pure and describes the purity and devotion towards their owners.  It’s also known as the “Maiden’s Beat Master,” which defends the territory from wild animals and is also used to guard the houses and their properties. 

They make excellent hunting and Watch dogs because of their energy levels. They are good with children and enjoy human companionship but hate to be isolated and need to be trained and exercised properly. 

Lifespan: 14 years to 16 years

Temperament: Agile and Protective 

Colour:  black & tan , Tri-color 

Height: 64 cm to 74 cm 

Indian Spitz – Cutest Indian Dog Breeds

This dog is often confused with Pomeranian but it’s a Cousin of the breed. It comes under small dog breeds in India which were famous in the ’80s and ’90s. One of the cutest pet dogs you can have at your home. As the proverb goes “ Don’t judge a book by its Cover”, it may look small but courageous enough to protect the owner’s family. 

It is very much capable of adapting to different weather conditions and is easy to train when compared to other Indian Breeds. With a ton of energy and playfulness, most suitable for apartments and houses as it loves the companionship and love from human beings. Grooming must be done on a daily basis as this dog comes in a double coat which makes it look adorable and one of the best Indian dog breeds.

Lifespan:  12 years – 14 years

Temperament: Domestic, Gentle

Colour: white 

Height: Male and Female 25 cm- 45 cm ( Depending on the breed whether it’s small or large) 

Gull Terrier – One of the most ferocious Indian dog breeds.

These dogs are mainly found in parts of the Punjab region and Pakistan. Back in the day, they were used for dog fights, which is a blood sport. They come from British  Bull terriers. When the British Entered and ruled India, these dogs were quite famous and they were crossbred with other dogs. 

It is very much similar to a terrier in case of physical and mental qualities, which is why they have banned this breed in some places in Europe and America. 

If you are thinking of getting this dog, it is necessary to train him/her because of the natural prey drive they carry. It doesn’t go along with strangers and other dogs and they are willing to sacrifice their life for their families. 

Lifespan: 10 years – 14 years

Temperament: Aggressive, Trainable

Color:  White   

Height: Male 50 cm – 66 cm, Female 45 cm – 55 cm

Maybe it’s a good time for people to know about Indian Dog Breeds. There ‘s been a lot of arguments about the Existence of Country dogs.