Gaddi Kutta

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Gaddi Kutta
Other names Indian Leopardhund
Origin India
Breed status Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Gaddi Kutta is a mastiff-type mountain dog found in northern India, especially states in the western Himalayas region (Himachal Pradesh,[1] Uttarakhand, and Kashmir). 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 Kutta is widely used by local shepherds, mostly Gaddis (from the tribe of the same name) and are reputed to be strong enough to repulse attacks by snow leopards, and to have the intelligence to herd stray sheep and goats back to their pens.[2]


  1. ^ "The Splendour of Himalayan Art and Culture" p. 18
  2. ^ "A dog with a military mission". The Hindu. Gurkha Post. March 11, 2003. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 

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