Kumaon Mastiff

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Kumaon Mastiff
Other names Sipro Kukur (Kumauni - सिप्रो कुकुर)
Country of origin Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India
Classification / standards
Not recognized by any major kennel club
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Kumaon Mastiff (Kumauni: सिप्रो कुकुर) is a rare breed of dog originating in Uttarakhand state of India. Originally bred as a watch dog in the hills of Kumaon this dog is today rare, even in the region of its origin.[1]


It is said that the dogs primitive ancestors were domiciled in the Kumaon region.


Kumaon Mastiff is a large dog with fairly lean, muscular, well-boned bodies. They have a large powerful head and a strong neck . They have a short, soft coat that always comes in brindle, ranging from dark to light shades. They may also have white markings. The average height of these dogs is 28 inches.[2]

Their appearance has been described to be similar to old Great Danes.


They are aggressive dogs and need training.

Endangered Breed[edit]

It is estimated that only 150-200 individuals of this breed exist in its country of origin i.e. India [3] in the distant interiors of Kumaon hills, Uttarakhand.

Greater population of these dogs may be present in Europe,[1] particularly in Italy and Finland[2] where it was introduced by breeders who took the breed to Europe in the late 19th century.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kumaon Mastiff-On the Verge of Extinction". mastiffdogsite.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Cypor Kukur". Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Endangered Breeds". BSL Information. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 

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