10 Amazing Indian Dog Breeds you should Know

10 Amazing Indian Dog Breeds you should Know

Would you believe it? If we say, All Desi Indian dog breeds will go extinct over a few decades. Yes, It is all possible if Indians don’t stop the craziness about the foreign dog breeds.

Indian dog breeds are highly intelligent, strong, and courageous. They are incomparable to foreign dog breeds as they are unique in their own way, naturally possessing the very own qualities that are required to thrive in India. They are hardly exposed to any kind of disease as they are immensely immune to them. They can adapt well to the tropical climate of India. Indian dogs are also known as desi dogs.

It is high time to turn our attention towards Indian Dog breeds to revive their population from going down further. Let’s see the 10 best native dog breeds of India.

10 Amazing Indian Dog Breeds

1. Chippiparai dog

Chippiparai is one of the celebrated Indian dogs Breeds. Chippiparai is an Indian sighthound from Tamilnadu. It is more prominent in the southern regions of Tamilnadu.

chippiparai indian dog breed

This dog is known for its hunting skills. It is used to hunt wild boars and rabbits. These dogs can run very fast that enables them to hunt various predatory animals with ease.

Appearance: It is a medium-sized dog. The upper body is flat and the abdomen region is slightly caved in. The average height and weight of the dog are 45 cm and 20 kg respectively. There are various measures being taken by dog enthusiasts to revive the Chippiparai from going completely extinct

2. Kanni dog

Kanni dogs are Indian dog breeds that are predominant house pets in southern regions of Tamilnadu in India.

indian dog breed kanni

The term Kanni refers to an unmarried person. These Indian dog breeds were usually gifted to the bridegrooms as their guardian. These dogs were kept by royals to be used as a guard dog and for hunting wild animals entering the field.


Appearance: It is a medium-sized dog. The upper body is flat and the abdomen region is slightly caved in. It’s average weight and height is 20 kg and 65 cm respectively.

These dogs are becoming more endangered day by day as the Indian People’s interests in indigenous dogs are nearly diminished. Also, The measures being taken to revive the breed are not so promising.

3. Kombai dog (Combai)

Kombai is an Indian dog breed that belongs to the family of sighthounds, was bred first in the state of Tamilnadu, India. The history of Mumbai dates back to the early 9 – 15 century. Mumbai dogs were to be used in war fleets during the period of the Marudhu brothers.

Appearance: The average height and weight of this dog breed are 22 kg and 22 inches respectively. The average life expectancy of Kombai (Combai) is 14 years

4. Rajapalayam dog

Rajapalayam is one of an ancient sighthound, has its roots in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. They are one of the most loved Indian dogs breeds, especially in the State of Tamil Nadu. Rajapalayam dogs appear elegant and majestic. These dogs were predominantly owned by aristocracy and royals.

rajapalayam indian dog breed

Rajapalayam Dogs were used for Hunting rats and wild boars that were exploiting the agricultural fields. They can adapt well can in the Indian climate. These dogs are efficient guard dogs and they inhibit territorial character bynature. Rajapalayam dogs are highly immune to diseases. They have very few health problems. 

Appearance: Rajapalayam Dog is Long and slender and the coat is short and dense. They are seen in colors such as white, Black, fawn, and pale brown. The average height and weight of the male Rajapalyam dog are 27.5 inches and 22 kg respectively. The average height and weight of the female Rajapalayam are 26 inches and 41 kg respectively.

5. Mandai dog

Mandai dog also known as Ramanathapuram kombai which is an Indian Sighthound dog breed. This breed is native to Ramanathapuram, Tamilnadu.

The Mandai dog is basically a hunting dog by nature and it is also used to guard poultry farms against predatory leopards. It is a very intelligent breed that possesses territorial instinct by nature. It is effective in guarding their house and master.

6. Indian Pariah Dog

Pariah dog is a dog native to the Indian Subcontinent and one of the very famous dog breeds in India. It is fondly referred to as Indie Dogs or Desi dogs. It is very intelligent and Affectionate. It has the ability to thrive without any close connection with humans hence they are seen in free ranges in large numbers.

indian pariah

These dogs are very warm and friendly that makes them a good household pet. It is highly immune to diseases. Indian Pariahs very smart and easily trainable and it inhibits territorial character that makes them a good guard dog and police dog

7. Mudhol Hound

indian dog breeds

Mudhol Hound is an Indian dog breed native to the southwest part of India. They have other names like caravan hound, pashami and karwani. These breed dogs are popular in rural areas of Karnataka where farmers and villagers use this dog for hunting and guarding.

8. Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz is an Indian version of Pomeranian, introduced during the nineteenth century in British rule in India. This breed is believed to have related to German spitz. It was during 1990s , Indian spitz gained popularity in India as a ban to import dogs was in place. Indian Spitz belong to utility group. They are friendly and playful with people.

9. Bully Kutta

Bully Kutta is believed to be an ancient dog breed in India. There are several depictions of this breed carved in stone sculptures in the Prominent Hindu temples. Bully Kuttas are strongly built, muscular, and posses a semi-aggressive temperament. They make a great hunt and guard dogs

10. Rampur Greyhound

Rampur greyhounds are Indian dog breeds native to Rampur, situated in the northern India. This breed was bred majorly for hunting jackals and other predatory animals. Though today, hunting skills are the least expected in dogs, Rampur Greyhound dogs make an ideal guard dog in India.

The height of this dog is almost equal to other sight hounds but they are more muscular than other sight hounds.

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