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Bakharwal Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: No Standard Weight
Height: 24 - 30 inches or 61 to 76 centimeters
Longevity: 0
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: High
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

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The Bakharwal Dog is considered to be the indigenous dog breed of the Himalayas, originating in the Pir Panjal mountain ranges of the hilly region of Northern India. Indian legends tell that these dogs are the direct descendants of ancient wolves that were crossed with various sheepdogs local to the area. These dogs were exclusively kept by the Muslim nomads called Gujjars. They used this dog breed for livestock protection and guard dogs against bears and wolves.

Official Name

Bakharwal Dog
Other Name
Kashmiri Mastiff
Kashmir Sheepdog
Bakarwal Mastiff
Kashmiri Bakharwal Dog
Gujjar Watchdog
Gujjar Dog


Date – Ancient Time
Country – India
Family / Group:
Guard Dog

Recognized By

Recognition Pending


The Bakharwal Dog is indigenous to Northern India, specifically the Pir Panjal mountain ranges of the Himalayas. They were used as livestock guardians by the Guijar nomads. Today these dogs are considered on the endangered list and near extinction.


The Bakharwal Dog breed is known to be very energetic dogs. They are also known to display playfulness and is impressive protective of their livestock. These indigenous Indian dogs are very sociable and were brought up to do not mind crowds. They are territorial and would show aggression toward intruders.

Bred For

These dogs were bred by nomadic Indian tribes to be livestock and property guardians.


This dog breed is not good to keep a apartment pets. It is not recommended to have them living in city environments.


The Bakharwal Dog requires average grooming attention.


The Bakharwal dog breed should be trained properly and early during their puppy-hood stage. These dogs should also be well socialized. Consistent training should be done as they will become bored to repetitive and occasional training.


The Bakharwal Dog is considered very rare and recognized as one of the endangered species of the canine family. Medical records for this particular dog breed are not substantially known.


Bakharwal dogs should be given vigorous activities or a regular task to do to satisfy their very high energy needs.