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Pakistani Shepherd Dog

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Front side view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a brick surface and it is looking forward. Its tail is wagging.

Tyson the Pakistani Shepherd Dog at 18 months old from Pakistan—"Tyson is a very intelligent dog. He is alert and active while doing his job as a guard of the home."

Other Names

Bhagyari Kutta

Types

There are three main types of Pakistani Shepherd Dog:

  1. Shorthaired
  2. Longhaired
  3. Bhayari Alsatian

Bhayari Alsatian is a cross between Pakistani Shepherd Dog and Alsatian (GSD).

Pronunciation

pɑ-kI'stɑ-nI shep-herd

Description

Pakistani Shepherd Dogs are very strong and muscular dogs. They have a rounded forehead and dark, almond-shaped eyes. Their lips are black and their nose is mostly black. Their feet have very hard soles. Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dogs have erect ears. The coat of the Pakistani Shepherd Dog is usually black and tan, but can be gold, and some can come in white, which is rare but does occur. The colors vary from region to region.

Temperament

The Pakistani Shepherd Dog is a herding breed. They are very keen and love to herd animals, sometimes even little kids and their owners. They are dedicated to their work, courageous, fearless and alert. Very protective of their property, owners and sheep, they can be trained easily because they love to learn new things. Pakistani Shepherd Dogs are very loyal toward their work and handler, loving their family. They obey their owner’s every command. The Pakistani Shepherd Dog has a loving nature and is very playful with children, enjoying playing games. This breed is bred to work, and can't sit idle all the time. Being able to work is their passion. They should be socialized from an early age and training should start as a puppy. Bhayri Kuttas should not be left alone with other small non-canine pets. This is a very obedient and loyal breed that is not aggressive, but will protect its owner to the death should the need arise. This breed needs owners who are naturally authoritative over the dog in a calm, but firm, confident and consistent way.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 24 - 25 inches (61 - 64 cm) Females 20 - 24 inches (50 - 61cm)
Weight: 77 - 99 pounds (35 - 45 kg)

Health Problems

Prone to flea allergies.

Living Conditions

This high energy, relentless breed keeps on working in desert temperatures of 104° F (40° C) and sometimes higher.

Exercise

The Pakistani Shepherd Dog loves strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some kind, for these dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge. When not being worked they need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Most shepherds love to play ball or Frisbee. This breed does best with a job to do. Without enough exercise, mental and physical, it will become bored and destructive, which will affect its good temperament.

Life Expectancy

About 8-10 years.

Grooming

This breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedder. If it is in inside dog, it should be brushed daily or you will have hair all over your home. Bathe only when necessary; over bathing can cause skin irritation from oil depletion. Check ears and trim claws regularly.

Origin

The Pakistani Shepherd Dog is a breed from Pakistan that has been used for herding and protection for centuries. The word “Bhagyari” comes from the root word of the Punjabi language "Bhagyaar," which means "wolf." "Kutta" means "dog." This breed is mostly found in the province of Punjab and Sindh in Pakistan. There are different theories on the origin of the Bhagayari Kutta. According to the most popular theory, the Pakistani Shepherd Dog originated between a wolf and a domestic dog of some type, hence the name Pakistani Shepherd Dog (meaning “wolf dog”). If you have ever seen an Asian (Pakistani) Wolf, you will see that the Pakistani Shepherd Dog really resembles that type of wolf.

Group

Herding

Recognition

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Left Profile - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a brick surface and it is looking forward.

Tyson the Pakistani Shepherd Dog at 18 months old from Pakistan

View from above looking down at the dog - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is laying on a brick surface looking up.

Tyson the Pakistani Shepherd Dog at 18 months old from Pakistan

View from the front - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is sitting on a brick surface and it is looking up. Its mouth is slightly open.

Tyson the Pakistani Shepherd Dog at 8 months old from Pakistan—"He is a pure Alsation breed who is very loyal and intelligent."

Front view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is laying on a tan brick surface next to a door outside. It is panting and looking up.

Tyson the Pakistani Shepherd Dog at 8 months old from Pakistan

Front view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is walking down a brick surface and it is looking up. Its mouth is open and its tail is wagging.

Tyson the Pakistani Shepherd Dog at 8 months old from Pakistan

Close up view from the front - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing in sand looking forward. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out and ears are perked but out to the sides.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

A black with white and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a concrete porch at night looking forward. Its mouth is slightly open.

Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) at 2 years old from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Front side view - A black with white and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a walkway at night looking to the left.

Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) at 2 years old from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

View from the top looking down at the dog - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing in sand. It is looking down, its mouth is open and its tongue is out.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Front view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a sand surface looking forward with a yellow building next to it.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Close up front view - A perk-eared, black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a sandy surface looking forward with a yellow building next to it.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Close up front side view -  A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a sandy surface with holes dug in it and it is looking to the right. Its mouth is open and tongue is slightly out and its perk-ears are pinned back.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

View from the top looking down at the dog - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is walking across a sandy surface. it is panting and its tail is wagging.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Front view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing in sand. It is looking forward, its mouth is open and tongue is out. There are buildings around it. Its perk ears are being held out to the sides.

Tabitha, a 6-month-old female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Close up front side view from the top looking down at the dog - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing in dirt looking forward. Its mouth is slightly open and it looks like it is smiling.

"Hindu, a 5-year old Bhagyari female"

Side view upper body shot - A skinny black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing in dirt looking forward. You can see the dog's ribs. There is a red metal contraption behind it.

Hindu the female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Front side view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing  in dirt looking forward.

Hindu the female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Front view - A skinny, black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing in dirt looking to the left. Its mouth is open. You can see the dog's ribs.

Hindu the female Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) living in Pakistan

Side view - A panting, black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog on a chain standing in dirt looking to the left. There is grass and a small brick wall with a black iron fence on top of it in the distance.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

View from behind - The backside of a black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog standing on a concrete surface looking forward while on a chain leash that someone is holding.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

Right Profile - The side of a black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog standing on a concrete surface next to a white stone wall. It is panting and looking to the right.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

Front view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on dirt in front of and chained to a small tree in the corner of a large concrete wall.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

Front view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is sitting in grass at night looking forward. Its mouth is open and tongue is out. There is a blue glare in its eyes.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

Side view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is laying in dirt looking forward.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

Front side view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is standing on a walkway at night looking forward. Its mouth is slightly open showing its white bottom teeth.

Adult Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta)

Side view - A black and tan Pakistani Shepherd Dog is walking along a white concrete wall between the wall and a small brown pole looking towards the camera.

Pakistani Shepherd Dog (Bhagyari Kutta) puppy