Dogs are known to be “man’s best friends”, but some friendships are more complicated than others.
You got to be careful with a doggy that can hunt a leopard and take over, you know. If you’re brave
enough, prepare to meet the nine most dangerous Indian dog breeds.
8. Caravan Hound or Mudhol Hound
Caravan hounds also known as Mudhol, Maratha and Pashmi hounds are popular pets in villages of
Karnataka state in India. Just like Indian Mastiffs, they make great hunters and guards because of
their great speed and stamina and can hunt in any conditions. The Indian army decided to make use
of these awesome qualities and is currently testing Caravan hounds as border protectors. To stay
graceful and elegant as they are, these fellas need plenty of exercises so keeping one of those in an
apartment would be cruel. If you raise a caravan hound properly, giving it the kindness and respect it
deserves, it grows into a loyal and protective friend for its owner. But, it will never be friendly to
strangers so don’t try to pet one of those if you ever get to meet them. And, if the owner shows
cruelty to a growing caravan pup, they shouldn’t expect to be treated with love and respect either.
7. Himalayan Mastiff
As you might guess from its name, Himalayan mastiff comes from the Himalayan region. It’s also
known as Tibetan Mastiff and Drog-Kyi in Tibetan which means “dog which may be tied”. So, they
were indeed tied outside by homes, tents, monasteries, and palaces for protection centuries ago.
They would bark in the darkness alarming their people of upcoming danger and were most active and
night sleeping during the day. These massive dogs weighing up to 220 lbs still serve as family
guardians with great protective instincts.
So how did these bear-like fellas end up on the dangerous dog breed list, you might ask. Well, the
Himalayan mastiff medal sure has a reverse, and it is the fact that it will only be kind and loyal if you
train it properly and constantly show it who is the boss in your family. It takes real patience and
experience to make it a friendly guardian and even then it will still be hostile to other dogs. And,
when something goes wrong, it might as well forget all the kindness you taught it and take down two
wolves on its own. Another interesting fact about them is that they hate warm weather so the
mountains are the perfect place for them.
If you’re a dog lover you’ve to remember how huge and muscular Great Danes are. Well,
Rajapalayams, also known as Poligar hounds, are about the same size at 25-30 inches tall. These
muscular heavy built beauties served as wild boar hunting companions for the royal family and
aristocrats in the Southern Indian town Rajapalayam, and this is where they got their name from.
Their superpower is their incredible sight. When trained properly, these gorgeous animals become
perfectly dedicated to one-man dogs. They are pretty reserved with feelings and won’t jump around
the owner like an anxious pup but will be loyal till the end. However, their hunting instincts are still
so strong they can be aggressive to strangers and other pets so it’s best to give them enough space
on their own.
5. Kanni dog
In the Tamil language, "Kanni" stands for “pure”. When it comes to South Indian Kanni dogs, it’s
surely about the purity of their loyal hearts. They are also often called Maiden’s Beastmasters
because these pups are a popular gift to newlywed brides that are supposed to protect her from wild
animals. And this graceful beauty sure can protect the maiden because it’s used to hunt deer, hare,
and other rodents and can run fast after the prey and you can train it easier to follow hand signals of
the master. The Kanni is light and muscular at the same time, has a large heart and a flexible spine,
much like a cheetah. It might seem like a shy and kinder version of a Doberman pinscher, but it will
do anything to defend its human in case of trouble, so you don’t want to mess with it.
4. Rampur hound
Comes from the Northern Indian city of Rampur. It was no less than Maharajah's favorite breed for
hunting lions, tigers, leopards and panthers and protecting them from jackals. It takes true courage,
skill, and speed to take down a jackal, and the Rampur sure do have all these qualities. They have
amazing stamina and can run at a speed of 42 miles per hour. Plus, they have an amazing balance,
much like cats, and can gracefully walk on fences. These dogs need plenty of space to stretch their
legs so it’s not the best idea to get one and keep it in your apartment.
The Rampur are intelligent and loyal to their owners but don’t exactly like to share them with
anyone else. They get pretty aggressive as their protective instincts turn on when strangers or other
pets approach their beloved humans. And you don’t want to mess with them during those moments!
The Bakharwal breed comes from the Himalayan region. The word Bakharawal comes from Bakri,
which means goat because their original task was to protect livestock of nomads, including goats,
from wolves and bears. One interesting fact about the Bakharwal is also known as Gujjar watchdog
and Kashmiri mastiff is that it’s vegetarian. This broad-shouldered long-legged pup prefers milk and
bread to any other type of food. However, it does have quite a character, is super protective against
enemies, and can be well-trained. No surprise the Indian Police Service uses it to capture militants.
The first known mention of Combat is from the 15th century. At that time, they were mentioned in
the records of the Southern Indian region of Tamil Nadu as great helpers in hunting wild boar, bison,
and deer. They can still boast powerful jaws and a broad chest for protection against any intruders. If
you see a Combat, it might seem lazy and off-guard, but that’s just an illusion. It only takes them a
moment to transform into a ferocious guard. And while they are great family dogs that love kids,
they are aggressive to other dogs they don’t know and are always ready to protect their humans
Have you ever read the stories about Mowgli by Rudyard Kipling? He has a whole one dedicated to
Dholes called the Red Dog and if you read it you probably picture these fellas as bloodthirsty and
aggressive creatures living in huge packs. It’s not far from the truth. Even though they’re pretty little
weighing 26-40 lbs, Dholes can kill animals that are ten times larger than themselves. These African
wild dogs’ look-alikes will run at a speed of 34 miles per hour and live in clans of around 12 dogs.
They rarely kill livestock and mostly hunt in the wild of the Central Indian Highlands, but you can
meet them all across the country.