Some Lesser Known Indian Dog Breeds

Exotic breeds like Huskies, Bull Mastiffs, and St. Bernards are always a dream come true for the Indian dog lover. They are beautiful, rare, lovely- hold on! We have to talk about Indian dog breeds here because foreign breeds are lovely, but Indian dog breeds will blow your mind. These exotic dog breeds stand out for their majestic beauty, loyalty, and strength. Here are some Indian dog breeds don’t get talked about as much as they should: 

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Indie Dog

Indian Pariah Dog
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This is none other than our very own ‘Naadan patti’! Also known as the Indian Native Dog or INDog, these dogs are one of the most ancient and purest dog breeds in India. They are said to have had no manipulation in their breed. They are also very healthy dogs, as they are used to the conditions all around India. Being very territorial and defensive, they make excellent watchdogs and moreover, loyal companions. 

Rajapalayam

Rajapalayam Dog Breed
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Also known as the Indian Ghost Hound, Rajapalayam is a native breed of Tamil Nadu. With their amazing milky white coat and lean physique, these dogs are one of the rarest pedigree Indian dog breeds. They are good hunting dogs. 

Chippiparai

Chippiparai
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This breed is also called the Tamil Greyhound. Formerly bred by the royal families of Chippiparai, these loyal and friendly dogs are symbols of royalty and dignity. They are often compared to the Greyhound.

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Kanni

This native breed of Tamil Nadu is compared to the Dobermann Pinscher. They are excellent hunting dogs. Guess we could say India has a Dobermann of her own. 

Kombai

Kombai
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Also called the Indian Bear Hound, these dogs make lovable pets but also fierce hunters. They are used for hunting boars and deer and are generally very healthy.

Gaddi Kutta

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India has these lovable fluffy fellows too! This one is called the Gaddi Kutta or Indian Panther Hound. This breed is a mountain dog found in the regions of Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, and Uttarakhand. These mountain dogs are used as shepherd dogs as they are known to chase away attacking panthers. 

Kumaon Mastiff

Kumaon Mastiff
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This large, majestic dog is native to the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. They are a strong and powerful breed and are great as working dogs and guard dogs. 

Pandikona

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Pandikona are hunting dogs native to Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. This breed may look fluffy and cute but are highly aggressive and territorial with a sharp temperament. Yet they are also known to be faithful and good with children. 

Mudhol Hound

Mudhol Hound Indian dog breed
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The Mudhol Hound or Pashmi is again a South Indian breed native to Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. They are also one of those Indian hunting breeds and are also excellent guard dogs. 

Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz
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Saved the best for last. Surprised? This breed is quite popular in India and many of us even have one of these fluff balls in our homes. What’s less known about these dogs is that they are not the Pomeranian dogs that most people think they are. This breed is called the Indian Spitz, which looks extremely similar to the Pomeranian. There are yet slight differences like the snout of the Spitz being longer and its size larger than a Pomeranian. Now you know your Indian Spitz!

So which one of these Indian dog breeds is your favourite?

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