Bakharwal dog

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Bakharwal Dog Or Bakarwal dog
Other namesBakerwali Shepherd Dog
OriginSouth Asia i.e. kashmir
Breed statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Bakharwal Dog is an ancient working breed of dog found in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, where it has been bred for many centuries by the Bakarwal and Gujjar nomadic tribes as a livestock guardian dog and settlement protector. A recent study says that this breed is on the verge of extinction.[1]

It has more hair on its ears, neck, back and tail and prefers colder climes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bukhari, Shujaat (November 16, 2011). "Fear of Bakerwali dog going extinct". The Hindu. Chennai, India.

ORIGIN: Jammu Kashmir region especially Pir Panjal Mountains of Himalaya and Hindukush ranges. UTILIZATION:

Herding and guard dog.

CLASSIFICATION: Working group of dogs BRIEF HISTORY: This is an ancient breed of Kashmir that was bred by local nomads called as bakarwals and local people of Jammu and Kashmir for guarding their flocks of goats, sheep and cattle along with their houses from centuries. Mostly this breed is use for herding purpose. There are two strains of this breed, simple bakarwal and ladakhi bakarwal. Ladakhi bakarwal strain have specific unique ability of open mouth barking for an extensive period of time also called as ‘hk-saya’ or ‘yak-saya’ in native language. It means nonstop barking without taking breath or continuous bark in one breath. GENERAL APPEARANCE: Bakarwal is a powerful and heavily bone, medium to large size dog. It is an agile and sturdy breed, a typical mountain dog with its furry coat and plumy tail gives it’s a majestic look. It looks like a medium version of Tibettan Mastiff. Mostly in black colour with white at toes and chest. Other common colours are black and tan, red, yellow, off white and brindle. It is a slow maturing breed. Bakarwal bitch is a slow breeder and only litters once in a year with 3-4 pups only. In ladakhi strain of bakarwal breed somehow less furry coat and less plumy tail are also observed.