|Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
The Bully Kutta also known as Beast of East is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in undivided Sindh,of India and Pakistan, dating back to 16th century. It is derived from the now-extinct Alaunt breed. Pakistan Bullies are working dogs used for hunting and guarding. Mughal emperor Akbar owned a Bully Kutta, he used for hunting.
Name and description
Bully Kutta literally translates to heavily wrinkled dog. The word Bully comes from the root word of Punjabi language Bohli which means heavily wrinkled and Kutta means dog. Bully Kuttas have an average weight of 78 kg (12st 5lbs) and height of 2.7ft (78.74 cm).
Bully Kuttas have been described as intelligent, alert, responsive, energetic and aggressive. A well known veterinary Dr. LN Gupta from Agra, India says that Pakistani bully dogs are a dominating canine and only be handled by well-experienced owners.
Use as a fighting dog
Bully Kuttas have been illegally used for dog fighting in Pakistan and some areas of Punjab, India. In June 2018, police in Indian Punjab filed First Information Report (FIR) for the first time against organizers of a dog fight. According to a specialist at Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “imported animals are being crossbred to be more menacing”.
The dog is now “extremely popular” in Punjab, India other than Pakistan. In India, it has been imported from Sindh legally or illegally by breeders from several rural areas of Punjab and Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan however it is not recognized by Kennel Club of India. They have been part of many competitions in India. According to Times of India, it has importance among youth of having a macho image.
In popular culture
- New York Times best-selling author Greg Iles depicted this breed in his 2009 novel, The Devil's Punchbowl.
- Sural, Ajay (15 Feb 2015). "Canine from Pakistan a hit in rural areas". Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Bully Kutta". europetnet.com.
- Rebecca Taylor (15 December 2016). "Scaredy dog! Cowardly 12st 5lbs Mastiff is petrified of squeaky toys, cars, the dark and even RAIN". Daily Mail.
- "Pakistani puppy penalised for traveling without ticket in Agra". Times of India. 14 January 2018.
- ""Devastated" owner of dogs who killed defenceless beagle says sorry - but insists his pets have never been violent before". Mirror.co.uk. 23 November 2017.
- Archit Watts (24 June 2018). "It's a dog's life". Tribune India.
- "Punjab puts a leash on illegal dog fights, files first case". Times of India. 16 June 2018.
- Simon Lennon (1 December 2013). "Warning: Here comes the Superdog - Fears as British thugs use animals bred to kill lions". Daily Star.
- "Two-day livestock fair begins at Chappar Chiri". Tribune India. 26 October 2017.
- "Pakistani Bully centre of attraction at animal fair in Mohali". Times of India. 26 October 2016.
- Ajay Sura (16 February 2018). "Pakistani Bully in backyard boosts Punjab's macho image". Times of India.
- Patrick Anderson (6 July 2009). "Book Review: Greg Iles Serves Up a Deadly Brew in 'The Devil's Punchbowl'". The Washington Post.
- IIes, Greg (2009). The Devil’s Punchbook. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 279. ISBN 0743292510.
A Chinese billionaire’s son brought his own dog in to fight. A Bully Kutta. Ever hear of those? Bastard weighed more than I do. The dog, I mean.
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