The words Dog Breed Info with the letter D inside of a black paw print


Information and Pictures

A tall tan dog with a black muzzle and white on his paws standing outside with the AKCC logo at the top right corner of the image

An adult Patti dog—Photo courtesy of the Anangu-Komba-Conservation Center, Tamil Nadu India

Other Names
  • Kidai Naai (Herding/Shepherding Dog in Tamil)
  • Kidhaari Naai (Cattle of Livestock Dog in Tamil)
  • Tamil Shepherd Dog (TSD)

Patt - Tea


The Patti dog, also known as the "Tamil Shepherd Dog" which is one of the native breeds of the Tamil Civilization as per W. V. Soman (1963) and Desmond Morris (2002) and they both have compared to be an equivalent mix of German Shepherd Dog and Doberman Pinscher. Patti Dogs are mainly used for the purpose of herding/shepherding as the farming and agriculture were the main occupation during ancient times. Patti dogs are medium size “Sight as well as Scent” Hound Dog. This breed is tall with good boned and deep brisket with "pricked or semi-pricked" ears. Medium sized head and skull with good projecting snout and highly robust. Patti are not only for herding cattle and shepherding and also a good at guarding against foxes and other wild animals to safe the herd and cattle. Patti dogs has very short coat and naturally has various colours and markings (shades and patterns). The basic colours are black, fawn, brindle, reddish brown (tan), Saambal (grey/ash), white with various admirable markings.


The Patti is well known for their loyalty, intelligence and soft tempered to the respective owners. Good at differentiating positive and negative vibes.

Height, Weight

Height : Male – 25 to 27 Inches (63 cm to 68 cm). Female – 24 to 26 Inches (60 cm to 65 cm)

Weight: Male – 70 - 75 pounds (30 - 35 Kgs). Female – 60 - 65 pounds (27 - 30 Kgs)

Health Problems

The Patti Dog is highly adoptable to tropical and wide climatic conditions with good and stable immunity. As per natives vaccinations and medications are not a practice for this breed.

Living Conditions

Highly adaptable and do well in farmlands, good fenced large homes and houses. Not an apartment dog. Adorable and friendly with children.


Requires walking and running daily. Good Swimmer.

Life Expectancy

Average 15 years. With proper care may lead to 20 years.

Litter Size

About 6 to 10 healthy puppies


Patti Dogs are a highly self sustainable breed. Grooming and bathing is advised once in a week as the hair-shed is very minimal. Naturally has ability to maintain the healthy skin.


Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu State, India.


Hound, Herding/Shepherding and Guarding.

  • AKCC - Anangu Komba Conservation Center
A tall tan dog standing outside with the AKCC logo at the bottom left corner of the image with an older image of a women kneeling down with another Patti dog under it

An adult Patti dog.

A Patti dog to the right of text that describes the dog

An adult Patti dog.