Bully Kutta

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Bully Kutta
Bully Kutta Azad Kashmir.JPG
Other names Pakistani Mastiff
Sindh Mastiff
Indian Mastiff
Origin India Pakistan
Traits
Weight Male 70–90 kg
Female 60–70 kg
Height Male 76–86 cm
Female 75–80 cm
Coat Short
Color Brindle, Brown, White, Piebald, Black
Life span 8-10 Years
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.[1]

Name and description[edit]

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.[2] Bully Kuttas have an average weight of 78 kg (12st 5lbs) and height of 2.7ft (78.74 cm).[3]

Temperament[edit]

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.[4]

In 2016, Daily Mail wrote an article about a Kutta that was “scared of squeaky toys, cars, the dark and even rain.”[3]

In 2017, a Beagle dog was mutilated to death by a Bully Kutta and a Rhodesian Ridgeback in Eccles, Greater Manchester.[5]

Use as a fighting dog[edit]

Bully Kuttas have been illegally used for dog fighting in Pakistan and some areas of Punjab, India.[6] In June 2018, police in Indian Punjab filed First Information Report (FIR) for the first time against organizers of a dog fight.[7] According to a specialist at Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “imported animals are being crossbred to be more menacing”.[8]

Popularity[edit]

The dog is now “extremely popular” in Punjab, India other than Pakistan.[9] 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.[10][9] According to Times of India, it has importance among youth of having a macho image.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

  • New York Times best-selling author Greg Iles depicted this breed in his 2009 novel, The Devil's Punchbowl.[12]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • 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.