Kumaon Mastiff

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Kumaon Mastiff
Other names Sipro Kukur (Kumauni - सिप्रो कुकुर)
Origin Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India
Breed status Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Kumaon Mastiff (Kumauni: सिप्रो कुकुर), also known as the Indian Mastiff and Bulli, is a rare Molosser-type working breed of dog originating in Uttarakhand state of India. Originally bred as a watch dog and livestock guardian in the hills of Kumaon, this dog is rare even in the region of its origin.[1]

Origin[edit]

It is said[by whom?] that the dogs primitive ancestors were domiciled in the Kumaon region.

Appearance[edit]

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.

Temperament[edit]

They are aggressive dogs and need training.These dogs have great guarding ability and they show protective instinct from the strangers and intruders. [3]

Endangered Breed[edit]

It is estimated that only 150-200 individuals of this breed exist in its country of origin i.e. India [4] 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]

References[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. ^ "Kumaon Mastiff Dog Breed Information". petsworld.in. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Endangered Breeds". BSL Information. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 

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