Native Indian Breeds
A lot of good work has been done by many Indians, some of whom have spent their entire
on the documentation of the Indian breeds. But unfortunately for us all the standard for
many Indian breeds has not found common consensus.
Only the more popular or rather the breeds that have more number of dogs have been
studied, measured, and standards written for them. It is not the aim of this website to go
into the details of the differing opinions or research the details of these standards.
Though the site is called dogsindia.com because it is meant to be a database of info
on all dogs and dog owners, breeders, vets and all members who provide dog related
services in India, it is not just a site on Indian dogs alone. So we shall provide a
summary of the info available with us on the individual native Indian dog breeds. If we
are wrong please do write to us with your valuable suggestions. If you have detailed info
or can help us find that info about some lesser known breeds such as the Kanni, the
Manjil, and so on, please do help us by writing to us by e-mail or by regular mail. We
shall be very thankful for your help.
Indian Breed List
- Caravan Hound
- Combai / Kombai
- Pashmi Hound
- Rampur Hound
- Mudhol Hound
- Indian Mastiff
- The Alangu: This is a breed from South India from the Thanjavur and
Tiruchi districts. This is a tall breed with a noble carriage and short coat. The dogs may
be red, fawn and black with white markings on their chest. The muzzle is black. The
brisket is deep, and the limbs are well muscled. The back is long with the tail tapering
to a fine point. The ears are set high on the skull and pricked. It has a long and
- The Kuchi is also a native of Thanjavur, but it is a small dog with a
long coat. It is about 25cms in ht. and weighs about 7kgs. It is very thinly built. The
tail is heavily feathered and curled up to look like a ball of hair over the short back.It
is a good hunter of vermin.
- The Kaikadi is named after a nomadic tribe in Maharashtra. It may be
white, tan, and black. The dogs are small (about 40 cms or less) with thin long legs, but
powerful thighs and hocks. They make excellent watch dogs. They can hunt hare and vermin.
The tail is long and tapering. The head is long and thin with prominent eyes and long ears
that stand erect when alert.
(We would be thankful to anyone who can send in more detailed
info on Indian dog breeds. Please do mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us
on the following address:
Dr.Suresh Bhimsingh 31, (old 14), B.N.Road, T.Nagar, Chennai 600017 India
Your assistance will be much appreciated)