Discover (3) Rare And Historical Pakistan Dog Breeds

Pakistan Dog Breeds aren’t that common elsewhere in the world, but they are some of the most amazing dogs on the planet.

Some of the breeds have Western equivalents, but obviously there are subtle differences between the breeds.

Many of them have their roots in ancient culture, often dating back thousands of years.

You will probably find it difficult to track down a breeder of Pakistan dog breeds in the west, but this doesn’t mean they’re impossible to find.

However, due to the rarity of the breeds, you will expect to pay much more for them than common breeds.

That said, if a breed takes your fancy, you should be able to find a respectable breeder if you’re committed.

Here is more information about the top 3 Pakistan dog breeds.

Pakistani Mastiff (Bully Kutta)

Pakistani Mastiff standing in the tall grass

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The Pakistani Mastiff is also known as Bully Kutta or Indian Mastiff is a large breed of dog that was used for a range of different working roles.

It can trace its origins back to the 16th century, although the breed may be much older.

It originated in India, but became widespread across India and Pakistan over the next centuries.

It’s now commonly kept as a pet, but is still used as a working dog in more rural parts of the countries.

The breed’s original name is “Bully Kutta”, which translates to heavily wrinkled dog.

Its original name is in Punjabi, and so shouldn’t be confused with the slang word “bully” that’s often used to describe bulldogs or Pitbulls.

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The breed is unrelated to either of these, and shares more similarities with mastiffs, although it’s not related to them either.

The Bully Dog was first shown in the UK in 1864, and was kept by various members of the royal family as a hunting dog.

The breed was originally used as a working dog, and was traditionally used for hunting and guarding.

However, in recent years, the breed has been used in illegal dog fighting rings across India, which has been recognized as a big problem that the government is now trying to deal with.

Although they’re used as fighting dogs, they’re not a particularly aggressive breed, and it requires a lot of cruel training to instill blood lust in them.

Pakistani Mastiff Appearance

The Pakistani Mastiff is a very large dog, standing around 2.7ft tall.

On average, they can weigh up to 12st 5lbs, although there is quite a bit of variation in this depending on the genetic history of the dog, and the purpose it was bred for.

Unlike more purebred breeds, which are strictly regulated by kennel clubs, the Pakistani Mastiff doesn’t have to conform to regulations because it’s still regularly used as a working dog.

The breed has a long muzzle with jowls that hang down the side of its mouth.

They have large ears that fold over, and a very muscular body. As a breed, they’re incredibly strong, which is something that potential owners should bear in mind.

If the dog wants to go its own way, it definitely will.

However, they’re usually very well behaved, providing they’ve been properly trained.

Pakistani Mastiffs have a short coat because they were bred to live in hot climates.

They do shed, but no more than any other shorthaired breed.

Unlike longhaired breeds, they don’t require regular grooming, although the occasional brush is always appreciated.

This means that they’re quite easy to care for, and don’t require anywhere near as much attention as a longhaired dog.

The coat is traditionally brindle, brown, white, or black, or a combination of these colors.

Again, because they’re not recognized in the same way by kennel clubs, there are fewer rules for breeders to stick to.

Pakistani Mastiff Temperament

Bully Dogs are known to be very clever and alert, and can be very independent.

The breed has plenty of energy, and needs lots of exercise.

This is due to them being used as working dogs, so if you plan on keeping one as a pet, you have to be prepared to take it on several long walks a day, or make sure you have plenty of land for it to run around.

The breed is also known to be aggressive, although this obviously isn’t true of every dog.

This is again a result of the purpose they were bred for, and so realistically is something you’d struggle to train out of them.

Vets that have worked with the breed extensively recommend that they’re only kept by very experienced owners for this reason.

That said, the idea of aggression in the breed is actually a hotly debated topic.

Like other better known breeds, such as Pitbulls, Pakistani Mastiffs received some bad press after several unrelated incidents involving them mauling smaller dogs.

This has given them a bad reputation, but some owners and kennel clubs believe them to be less aggressive than some of the most relaxed breeds, including beagles.

Much the same as with any other large dog, the idea of aggression should be taken with a pinch of salt.

While the breed did serve as guard dogs, and they definitely have the size to put behind their aggression, this won’t be true of every Pakistani Mastiff.

Much of it comes down to the way they’re raised, and providing the dog is socialized and trained from an early age, there should be little risk of aggression.

Related questions

Are Pakistani Bullies dangerous?

As mentioned, by their nature, Pakistani Mastiffs are very intelligent and strong-minded, but can also be very protective.

You should only consider them if you’re experienced at raising dogs, particularly large dogs.

You should be able to assert your dominance over the dog, not in a physical way, but by showing confidence in your actions.

This isn’t something that new dog owners are often capable of, so be wary if you don’t have much experience of owning dogs.

Is Bully Kutta a good family dog?

The answer to this question very much depends on how the dog is raised.

Providing they’re introduced to children from a young age, they can be very good with them, and are much more resilient than smaller dogs.

However, be wary of having a rescue dog around children, simply because you don’t know the dog’s history, and due to their size they will be very difficult to control if they become aggressive.

Gull Terrier

The Gull Terrier originates from the Punjab region and is directly related to British Bull Terrier breeds.

They were first bred during the British Raj in India, and were developed by breeding Bull Terriers and Bully Kuttas, along with other breeds.

The breed is now several hundred years old, but isn’t particularly popular outside Pakistan and India, mainly because there are other more common breeds that are more readily available.

The Gull Terrier was first bred for a number of different roles, including being used as guard dogs, for hunting, and for dog fighting.

Nowadays, they’re still used as guard dogs by families, and are unfortunately used in illegal dog fights, but this is something that’s being worked on by the local governments.

Gull Terriers are a medium sized breed that closely resemble Staffordshire Bull Terriers, but have slightly longer faces.

They can weigh anywhere between 45 and 65lbs depending on sex, and typically stand between 18 and 22 inches high.

They’re very muscular dogs that have a stocky physique, and this makes them incredibly strong.

For this reason, owners have to be assertive when walking them because they could easily pull away if the walker isn’t paying enough attention.

They have short, dense fur, and are typically only white.

This is because they were bred for use in hot climates, and so white fur makes it less likely that they’ll overheat.

This also means they don’t shed as much, and require significantly less grooming than a longhaired breed.

Some owners may trim their fur even shorter, but this is only really necessary in very hot climates.

Gull Terrier Temperament

Gull Terriers were bred as guard dogs, and so are very wary around strangers.

They’re also very protective dogs, and can become aggressive if they believe their owners are under threat.

Realistically, these are also traits associated with most Terrier breeds, and so the information always needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Much of it will come down to how the dog is raised, and how well they’re trained by their owners.

Even though they’re often labeled as aggressive dogs, they’re known to be very good around children, however this is only really recognized within their immediate family.

Much the same as with any other dog, it’s best to introduce them to children from a young age, otherwise there’s less guarantee of the dog’s behavior.

That said, be mindful if you plan on getting one if you have children, because there’s never a complete guarantee the dog will be fine, so it’s always best to consider a breed that’s recognized as being good with children rather than taking a chance.

Gull Terriers are very clever dogs, and are known to be very alert.

They’re also known barkers, again because they were bred as guard dogs, which is often something that puts off potential owners.

They’re very fast and agile because they’re so muscly, and so require plenty of daily exercise.

You should expect to take them on several long walks every day, or ensure they have plenty of land to run around on.

They can be kept in an apartment because they’re very easy to house train, but this obviously means that you must be committed to walking them lots every day.

Also, they’re very easy to train when it comes to obedience, and pick up commands very quickly.

They can be taught more complex commands than a number of other breeds, which can be very useful for ensuring their behavior.

Much like with other Terrier breeds, there are actually some bans in place on the Gull Terrier.

The New York City Housing Authority bans Gull Terriers from being kept in homes, and they’re also completely banned from the Cayman Islands.

These bans often come into place after a breed receives bad press, often regardless of how accurate it actually is.

Gull Terrier Health

For the most part, Gull Terriers are quite a healthy breed.

Many genetic conditions found in dogs are a result of them being massively overbred (and interbred), which isn’t such a big problem with Gull Terriers because they’re not recognized by kennel clubs.

This is usually what gives rise to genetic conditions because breeders have very strict requirements to adhere to, which often results in interbreeding.

The only real conditions that are found in the breed are blindness and deafness, although these aren’t particularly common and only really set in when the dog gets older.

Overall, they’re quite a healthy breed, which is a big plus for many owners because it means you don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on vet’s bills.

Vikhan Sheepdog

The Vikhan Sheepdog is one of the better-known Pakistan dog breeds, and originates from northwestern Pakistan.

It currently isn’t recognized by any major kennel club anywhere in the world, but this actually works better for the breed because it means breeders aren’t kept to the same high standards as purebred dogs.

This results in the breed having a more traditional appearance, and more variation in size and weight.

The Vikhan Sheepdog has been used for several hundred years as a livestock dog, but was also used for hunting leopards.

Much like other Asian dog breeds, it isn’t related to what we think of as sheepdogs, although this is a standard name given to any dog that guards livestock.

The breed isn’t used for hunting purposes any more, but is still commonly used as a livestock dog, and is becoming more popular in India and Pakistan simply as a pet.

Vikhan Sheepdog Appearance

Vikhan Sheepdog lying on the cemented floor

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Vikhan Sheepdogs are large and muscular, but also very lean.

They stand around 25 inches tall, but as mentioned there is some level of variation in this because there isn’t a breed standard.

This also means there’s a great deal of variation in weight, and the breed is considerably lighter than other dogs of a comparable size, mainly because they were bred for speed.

Their coat is long and shaggy, and usually comes in black, fawn, or brown.

However, it’s also common to find dogs with a combination of these colors.

Their long coat does shed somewhat, and it requires regular grooming to remove knots and debris, and to keep it in a good condition.

In some parts of Pakistan its coat is actually used as a substitute for wool, and can be woven into carpets and other textiles. For this reason the coat is also very soft and can be spun easily.

Vikhan Sheepdog Temperament

Much of a Vikhan Sheepdog’s temperament is based on its use as a livestock herding animal, which means it’s incredibly intelligent, and very fearless.

This also means they pick up commands very easily, and can be taught very complex things.

If you were to enter one into an agility competition, it’s almost guaranteed that the dog would do very well.

While they’re a very clever breed, their working purpose also means they’re quite protective, and are known to be aggressive in some situations.

To combat this, Vikhan Sheepdogs should be socialized from an early age, and should not be kept around children.

They can be fine with other dogs, but you have to be intelligent about where and when you introduce them.

For example, bringing a strange dog into their home would be a very bad idea, but introducing them in a neutral environment would have a much greater chance of success.

Vikhan Sheepdogs also need a great deal of exercise; otherwise they can become bored and possibly destructive.

As a breed, they’re used to working all day, much of which is spent herding animals, and so will need several long walks every day.

This is often enough to put potential owners off a breed, and also means it wouldn’t be a good idea to get one if you live in an apartment.

However, if you’re committed to long walks, they can make an excellent pet.

Due to the breed not being very common outside of Pakistan and India, you would probably struggle to find a breeder.

Also, there is little information available about the lifespan and health of the breed, which is always useful information to know before committing to getting a dog.

That said, if you truly are interested in getting one, breeders of similar dogs would likely be a good place to start because there are often networks of breeders who can provide more information about specialist or rare breeds.

Conclusion:

Pakistan dog breeds aren’t well known outside of Asia, and are typically still used for their original working purposes.

They’re not even commonly kept as pets within their home countries, as they still serve useful roles in the lives of their owners.

However, it’s likely that they will become more popular in the coming years as Western breeders look for the “next big thing.”

That said, if you’re interested in any of the breeds on this list, start with some research online.

As mentioned, specialist breeders would be a good place to start because they will be able to point you in the right direction.

However, you should always be wary of breeders in this situation, and should always visit the dogs before you commit to buy.

Wherever possible, get health checks done on a dog before you commit to buy, and discuss everything in detail with the breeder.

Chalene Johnston About The Author: Chalene Johnston graduated with honors from University with a BA in psychology. She is a proud stay-at-home mom to her 2-year-old French Bulldog puppy, Stella! When she is not looking for adventure travel destinations, she loves to write! She writes for a wide variety of topics – with animals being one of her favorites.