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Baan Gaddi (Indian Sheepdog) Breed Information, Picture & Characteristics

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Baan Gaddi Or Habsu Dog (Indian Sheepdog)

Baan Gaddi Or Habsu Dog (Indian Sheepdog)

Indian Sheepdog (Baan Gaddi or Habsu Dog)

Baan Gaddi dogs are the sheepdogs of Indian origin, also known as Himalayan sheepdogs or Habasu dogs, Which are found in the Himalayan region of India, Ladakh, Himachal and some areas of Uttarakhand.

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.

Baan Gaddi Dog (Indian Sheepdog)

Baan Gaddi Dog (Indian Sheepdog)

Facts about Baan Gaddi Dog

  • Baan Gaddi Dogs are suitable for living in the minus degree temperature in the Himalayan snowy region, and cold wave winds.
  • The bark of Baan Gaddi dogs is quite loud, but they do not bark much.
  • Baan Gaddi are not suitable to live in a warm climate, they often get prone to flaking, dehydration and skin disease.
  • Very few dogs of this breed are left, most of the available dogs are mixed with local Pariah and Gaddi Shepherd dogs.
Baan Gaddi Dog

Baan Gaddi Dog

While grazing the cattle in the Himalayan forests, these dogs often encounter snow leopards and wolves and sometimes these wild animals also attack them. To protect the dogs from the attack of these animals, shepherds put a prickly iron neck strap.

Baan Gaddi Dog

Baan Gaddi Dog

Appearance And Physical Traits

Baan Gaddi dogs are hairy dogs, their thick double layered coat, straight, wired and long fur keep them warm in the winters. Their eyes and face are also covered with long hair which protects them from the cold icy winds. And And their padded hairy claws, help them to balance on the slippery hills of snow. They are also known to shed very less and considered to make a good pet with kids and allergic people.

Physical Traits

  • Origin : Himalayan Region of India (Ladakh, Himachal and Uttarakhand)
  • Height : 21 – 28 inches (53 to 68 cm)
  • Weight : 68 lbs – 85 lbs (28 to 42 kg)
  • Color : Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Gray, Brown, And mix of two or three colors
  • Lifespan : 11 -14 years
  • Breed Recognition: Not recognized by, any of major kennels
Indian Sheepdog (Baan Gaddi Dog)

Indian Sheepdog (Baan Gaddi Dog)

Personality and Temperament

The Baan Gaddi dog is a friendly, fearless, and gentle dog who is very devoted towards his family. And they are also friendly towards children and other pets, and make a good family pet and watch dog. These dogs were developed to help shepherds in difficult fields, and they make good shepherd dogs.


• Baan Gaddi is a gentle, loving and devoted dog.
• It's an alert, protective, courageous, determined and protective of family.
• Friendly with kids and other pets, and make a good family pet.
• It was developed as a shepherd dog, and make a good livestock guardian.
• Baan Gaddi Dog are a good self learner and excellent to establish themselves according to the new atmosphere.

Baan Gaddi Dog (Indian Sheepdog)

The Origin and Breed History

The Baan Gaddi dog is an ancient dog breed, but they are suitable for living only in a cold climate, so they are not found in other places in India and are limited only to the Himalayan region and their population is very less. The shepherds of this area, of nomadic nature, used to roam from one place to another taking these dogs with them. And they had developed these dogs, according to their need. These dogs are considered to be an excellent self learner and experts in establishing themselves according to the new environment.

Indian Sheepdog History

Indian Sheepdog History

The breed of Baan Gaddi dogs is almost on the verge of extinction, it's very difficult to find a pure breed dog of this breed. In the last few years, local people have also raised some dogs in the campaign to save them, but that is not sufficient and still a positive effort is needed to save this breed.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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