- Gaddi Kutta
altname= Indian Gaddi
Indian Panther Hound
name= Gaddi Kutta
notrecognized = no standards available
note = Gaddi Kutta is a
mastiff-type mountain dog found in northern India,preforably the Punjab region. They are also called the Indian Panther Hound as well as Mahidant Mastiff, the former pointing to the breed’s skills and the latter to its origins. Though initially bred for hunting purposes, the multi-talented Gaddi is widely used by local shepherds, mostly Gaddis(from the tribeof the same name) and are reputed to be strong enough to repulse attacks by snow leopards, and to have the intelligence to herd stray sheepand goatsback to their pens.
The Gaddi is thought to have been developed by the Asur King Mahidant of
Meerutby crossing the wild dingo-like hounds(These dingo type dogs are not dholesbut are a type of wild mastiff type of pariahs, descended from the massive Hyrcanian dogs) found in the Jamuna Khader region of India with the Sha-Khyivariety or fighting line of Tibetan Mastiffs for hunting purposes. Similar to other breeds of the area and belonging to the lighter strain of Central Asian dogs, this ancient Molosseris an agile and powerful breed, used for trailing and confronting panthers and other large game in the past, although these dogs are rarely used by hunters today. Mostly found in India, it also exists in small numbers in neighbouring Pakistan, although not many examples are pure, with most of the lines reportedly having been crossed with the popular Bully Kuttabreed and even containing some German Shepherdblood.
The Gaddi Kutta is intuitive, calm and gentle with its owner, making an agreeable family
petwhen socialized properly, but it can be quite aggressive towards other dogs and strange people. Currently, this territorialand reserved breed is mostly employed to control livestockand to protect its master's property, as well as occasionally being pitted against other dogs, even though the Gaddi Kutta is not considered to be a fighting breed.
Leaner than most mastiffs, the Gaddi is athletic, deep-chested and muscular, capable of great speeds and prized for its stamina. When left in its natural state, the tail curls over the dog's back. The ears are usually cropped short, although quite a few unaltered examples exist.
Two main coat types are observed in the breed, the shorthaired variety and the more common, slightly fuller coat of medium length, somewhat shorter on the body with longer feathering on the chest, legs and tail. Although some dogs have small white markings, the Gaddi Kutta is usually solid coloured, with most dogs seen in lighter pastel shades, like cream, fawn, and yellow, but
brindle, brown, and piebalddogs can be found as well.
Males are between 22 to 31
inchesin heightand 40 to 45 kilogramsin weight, while females are between 20 to 28 inches in height and 35 to 40 kilograms in weight.The size, however, varies greatly and the dogs that are around 25 inches tall are the ones most encountered.
* [http://www.molosserdogs.com/modules.php?name=Encyclopedia&op=content&tid=2824 MolosserDogs.com Gaddi Kutta (with pictures)]
* [http://www.sarastmdokhyi.org/breed.shtml Tibetan Mastiff website - contains comparision between the Tibetan Mastiff and Gaddi Kutta]
* [http://www.hinduonnet.com/2004/03/11/stories/2004031100282200.htm A dog with a military mission - Article from The Hindu newspaper]
* [http://gaddimastiff.cfsites.org The Gaddi Mastiff (with photos of adult dog and puppies)]
* [http://pets.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1048594247.cms indiatimes.com Gaddi Kutta]
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