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7 Indian Dog Breeds Named After Cities

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I like to share information about wildlife, animals, and pets—dogs in particular.


All the dog breeds have some unique name, they got their breed names after their breed creator's name, community, country of origin. Some dogs their names after the city of their origin. Know about seven such Indian breeds of dogs whose breed name is taken after city.

  • Bangar Mastiff
  • Chippiparai Dog
  • Combai (Kombai) Dog
  • Himalayan Sheep Dog (Baan Gaddi Dog)
  • Mudhol Hound
  • Rajapalayam Dog
  • Rampur Hound
Bangar Mastiff

Bangar Mastiff

1. Bangar Mastiff

Bangar mastiff Dogs are descended from native Bhotia dogs. Who were developed by a retired Indian army officer named W.V. Soman, and also known as "Bangara mastiff". Bhotia dogs were used by local people for herding yak, sheep and to protect the villagers from ferocious wild animals. Bangar Mastiff has inherited the characteristics from their ancestors and they are very friendly, alert, courageous and loyal to their owner and family.

This Bangar Mastiff was originated in an Indian town called Tehri Garhwal. They got their name from the part of town—Bangar—where they were developed.

Physical Traits of Bangar Mastiff

  • Weight: Male 40–45 kg., female 35–40 kg.
  • Height: Male 56–79 cm., female: 51–70 kg.
  • Life span: 9-12 years
  • Origin: Bangar town in Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state of India
Chippiparai dog

Chippiparai dog

2. Chippiparai Dog

Chippiparai or Shippiparai Dogs were developed by the royal families (rulers of Tirunelveli and Madurai) for hunting wild boar, deer and hare, and guard the guard the livestock and property. The rulers of Tirunelveli and Madurai, kept them as a symbol of royalty and dignity. These dogs are an excellent athlete, their physical appearance and stamina are very similar to Egyptian Salukis.

Chippiparai dogs were developed from Chippiparai city near Madurai district, of Tamil Nadu state in India, from where they got their breed name.

Physical Traits of Chippiparai dogs

  • Height : 25 to 27 Inches
  • Weight : 25 to 30 Kgs
  • Life-Span : 9 to 13 Years
  • Origin : Chippiparai city near Madurai district, of Tamil Nadu state in India.
Combai Dog

Combai Dog

3. Combai (Kombai) Dog

The Kombai is a powerful working dog that is native to the Southern Indian region of Tamil Nadu. When Maravar kings held sway over South India, Kombai were used to hunt boar, bison, and deer. The breed is also known as Indian or Tamil bear hounds. The Kombai is usually tan or red-brown with a black mask and a ridgeline along its back. It has very powerful jaws, a deep and broad chest, and erect ears. These dogs are very active and savage, but at the same time very protective of their owners. They have been known to fight intruders—human or animal—to the death.

They were originated from Kambam-Uthampalayam village in Tamil Nadu state of Southern India, from where (Kambam) they got their name Kombai.

The Physical Traits of Combai (Kombai) Dogs

  • Weight : Male 25 – 32 kg; Female 20 – 25 kg
  • Height : Male 40 – 52 cm; Female 38 – 48 cm
  • Life-Span : 9 – 13 years
  • Origin : Tamilnadu, India
Baan Gaddi Dog

Baan Gaddi Dog

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4. Himalayan Sheep Dog (Baan Gaddi Dog)

Baan Gaddi dogs are the sheepdogs of Indian origin, also known as Himalayan sheepdogs or Habasu dogs, There are a total of four Indian-origin Shepherd Dogs in India, Gaddi Dog, Baan Gaddi dog, Bhotia Dog, Bakharwal Dog. The Baan Gaddi dog is medium to large sized dog, which was bred to work in cold and inhospitable areas of Himalayan region, and to protect cattle and herders from Himalayan wolves and leopards. And they are used for grazing cattle in high mountains and deep ravines in the Himalayan region.

They got their name "Himalayan Sheepdog" after their place of origin, Himalayan region of India, Ladakh, Himachal and some areas of Uttarakhand.

The Physical Traits of Himalayan Sheepdog (Baan Gaddi) Dogs

  • Height : 21 – 28 inches (53 to 68 cm)
  • Weight : 68 lbs – 85 lbs (28 to 42 kg)
  • Lifespan : 11 -14 years
  • Origin: Himalayan Region of India (Ladakh, Himachal and Uttarakhand)
Mudhol Hound

Mudhol Hound

5. Mudhol Hound

Mudhol hounds are Indian sight hound dog, also known as Caravan, Mahratta, Pashmi hounds and Kathewar Dog. Mudhol hounds are well known for their speed and chasing skills. They are the first Indian dogs, introduced in the Indian Army's inventory in 2017. Mudhol hounds are mostly available in Karnataka, and some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. They are exceptionally loyal, devoted and hard workers, capable of working harder than most other dogs. Their physical strength coupled with their great speed and stamina allows them to catch and kill game, from hare to blackbuck, over rough country.

They were developed from Mudhol District of Karnataka state in India, from where they got their name "Mudhol Hound".

Physical Traits of Mudhol Hounds

  • Origin: India, Mudhol District of Karnataka
  • Height: Female: 22 to 28 inches, male: 24 to 30 inches
  • Weight: Female: 48 to 62 lbs, male: 48 to 62 lbs
  • Color: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Chocolate
  • Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
Rajapalayam Dog

Rajapalayam Dog

6. Rajapalayam Dog

Rajapalayam is a large sized ancient dog of Indian origin, which is tall, powerful, courageous and strong-bodied dogs that was developed to be a hunting dog to hunt wild boar and rabbit. Rajapalayam dogs are considered to be the Royal Dogs of India, which for many years were confined only to the royal families. The Government of India had also issued a postage stamp in his honor, they are also known as Polygar Hound, Shikkar Hound, Indian Ghost Hound.

They were developed in Rajapalayam town in the Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, from where they got their name "Rajapalayam".

Physical Traits of Rajapalayam Dog

The Rajapalayam is a tall, powerful, courageous, sturdy dog that is naturally healthy. It has deep chest, big head, strong muzzle and athletic body.

  • Origin : Tamil Nadu, India
  • Weight : About 32–42 kg, though some weigh up to 48 kg.
  • Height : Usually measures about 65–75 cm (25–30 inches).
  • Coat : Smooth, short coat
  • Color : Pure White
  • Life-Span : 10 to 14 years
Rampur Greyhound

Rampur Greyhound

7. Rampur Hound

Rampur Greyhounds are highly intelligent, loyal and devoted sighthounds, Rampur Greyhounds were bred by mixing between an Afghan Hounds and native Indian dogs, to hunt deer, fox, jackal and rabbits, and they have excellent running speed and stamina, which can run up to 42 miles per hour. These dogs sometimes appear to be lazy, but when roused, they charge after charge and can even take down a golden jackal.

This breed was originated in the Northern Indian city of Rampur, which lies between Delhi and Bareilly, and they got their breed name after Rampur City.

The physical traits of Rampur greyhounds,

  • Height : Female: 62–71 cm, male: 64–74 cm
  • Weight : Female: 22–26 kg, male: 22–31 kg
  • Life Span : 10 to 13 years
  • Origin : Northern Indian city of Rampur, which lies between Delhi and Bareilly, India

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