Gaddi Kutta

Summary

Gaddi Kutta is a breed of livestock guardian dog found in northern India, especially in the western Himalayas region and in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.They are also called the Himalayan Sheepdog, Indian Panther Hound, as well as Mahidant Mastiff and Bhutia, the former pointing to the breed's skills and the latter to its origins. Though initially bred for hunting purposes, the Gaddi Kutta is widely used by local shepherds, mostly Gaddis (from the South Asian tribe of the same name) and are reputed to be strong enough to repulse attacks by snow leopards, and to have the intelligence to herd stray sheep and goats back to their pens. They come in solid colours of black and tan, dark fawn and sometimes reddish, black and shadow white colour. Working shepherds' dogs are shorter and lighter than those kept as pets. The height of the male is 28-34 inches, and of the female 26-32 inches. Weight of the male is 45–80 kg and of the female 35–60 kg. This breed is closely similar to Tibetan Mastiff and may be related to the long-haired Kinnaur Sheepdog of Tibet. Naturally, Himalayan Sheepdogs enjoy outdoor lifestyles and are rarely seen beyond the regions of India. As a powerful and robust breed, the Himalayan Sheepdog is mainly used for herding purposes. The Himalayan Sheepdog is regionally popular as both a loyal companion as well as a working dog. Four commemorative postage stamps were issued on 9 January 2005 by India Post for four breeds (sic.) i.e. Himalayan Sheep Dog, Rampur Hound, Mudhol Hound (Face value Rs. 5.00 each) and Rajapalayam (Face value Rs. 15.00) Some famous blood lines of Gaddi Kutta include: bujus bloodline, spiti working line or Manali agroline.

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Also known as

This breed is also called Bhutia Kukar, Gaddi Dog, Himalayan Sheepdog as well as Mahidant Mastiff.

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