Pakistani Shepherd Dog

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Pakistani Shepherd Dog
A Pakistani A 3 year old 95lbs male shepherd dog
Other namesBhagyari Kutta, Pakistani Desi Kutta
Breed statusNot recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.
Height Typically 51–66 cm (20–26 in), can be up to 76 cm (30 in)
Weight 35–45 kg (77–99 lb)
Coat Its coat can have many different colours and lengths, varying from region to region.
Colour It is usually tricolored, with a mix of black, tan, gold and sometimes white.
Life span 10–11 years
Dog (domestic dog)

Bhagyari Dogs or Pakistani Shepherd Dogs is a rare breed of dog primarily found in North Punjab. Bhagyaris could be found in the wild in the region of Pothowar up to Kashmir regions. Bhagyaris near the region of Murree are furry compared to the dogs found in plains of Punjab due to temperature adaptation over time. This type is a herding dog from Pakistan, with a long history alongside humans. The word “Bhagyari” Its names, comes from the root word of the Punjabi language "Bhagyaar," which means "wolf." "Kutta" means "dog." within the Punjabi language, comes from the breeds obvious resemblance with the Asian wolves. People say this breed was born out of a combination of a wolf and a domestic dog, a very long time ago. It is also called the Pakistani Shepherd Dog, due to the area where it can usually be found in. 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 Wolf, you will see that the Pakistani Shepherd Dog really resembles that type of wolf.

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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 colours vary from region to region. 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. 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.