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Bakharwal Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bakharwal Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginIndia
Other Names
What other names does the Bakharwal Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Bakerwali Shepherd Dog, Bakarwal, Kashmir Mastiff, Kashmir Sheepdog, Bakarwal Mastiff, Kashmiri Bakarwal Dog, Gujjar Wathdog, Gujjar Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Bakharwal Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Bakharwal Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Bakharwal Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Bakharwal Dog price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Bakharwal Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bakharwal Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bakharwal Dog gets to a happy place.

History

The Bakharwal Dog, along with the Gaddi Kutta, is also a native Indian breed. Specifically, they are originated in the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Because of their ferocious temper strong and large appearance and intelligence, they are also primarily used for guarding cattle and protecting farms and homes in, the Himalayas. Moreover their shepherd function nowadays the Bakharwal Dog has been used by the Indian Police Service in order to capture militants across the country. They can also be found in Afghanistan and Pakistan in smaller numbers.

Its exact origin story is also unclear and is still a matter of debate. The local myths say that the Bakharwal dog was obtained by crossing a wolf with a Molosser sheepdog approximately 300 years ago. What we can know for sure is that the breed originated in Jammu & Kashmir a state of India and two nomadic groups bred them namely ‘Gujjars’ and the ‘Bakarwals’  for the purpose of guarding their flocks of goats, sheep, and cattle, along with their houses. The Bakharwal Dog may be descended from crossbreeding the Tibetan Mastiff with the Indian pariah dog but is claimed to be” the oldest Indian Dog which for centuries has been surviving with the Gujjar tribe” by the Gujjar herdsmen and some scholars.

According to experts, the Bakerwali dog is different from a common dog in many ways. Despite its large size, scary and predatory appearance it is” vegetarian “. It only feeds on milk and bread made of maize, if possible which helps to keep it away from attacking the herd it’s protecting. The birth rate among the Bakerwali dogs is also low as compared to common dogs, which is one of the reasons, that they are extremely rare and difficult to breed. The other one is much more tragic. This breed has been targeted by separatist militants in Jammu and Kashmir. They shot the dogs to prevent them from alerting people of their intrusion. These separatist militants prevented herdsmen from going to higher reaches, which caused many Bakharwal Dogs to catch the disease and die.

There are two strains of this breed, the Simple Bakarwal, and the Ladakhi Bakarwal. The Ladakhi Bakarwal strain has a specific unique ability of open mouth barking, for an extensive period of time, also called as ‘hk-saya’ or ‘yak-saya’ in the native language spoken there. It means nonstop barking without taking a breath or continuous bark in one breath.

The Bakharwal Dog is neither recognized by any major kennel clubs.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Bakharwal Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Bakharwal Dog weigh? Bakharwal Dog weight:
80-130 pounds (36-59 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Bakharwal Dog? Bakharwal Dog average weight:
105 pounds (47.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bakharwal Dog? Bakharwal Dog height:
24-29.5 inches (60-75 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bakharwal Dog average height:
27 inches (69 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Bakharwal Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseDoubleStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bakharwal Dog's coat?
TanPiebaldBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bakharwal Dog and how often?
Advanced: The Bakharwal Dog requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Bakharwal Dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Bakharwal Dog, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Bakharwal Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bakerwali Shepherd Dog? Bakharwal Dog shedding level:
Bakharwal Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bakharwal Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IndependentLoyalProtectiveAffectionateAggressive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bakharwal Dog? Are they intelligent?
Average: Bakharwal Dog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Bakharwal Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bakharwal Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Bakharwal Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bakharwal Dog sensitivity:
Bakharwal Dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Bakharwal Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bakerwali Shepherd Dog need? Bakharwal Dog social needs:
Bakharwal Dogs are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Bakharwal Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Bakarwal bark?
Low to Average: The Bakharwal Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bakharwal Dog good as a watchdog?
Bakharwal Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Bakharwal Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Bakharwal Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Bakharwal Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Bakharwal Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bakharwal Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Bakharwal Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bakerwali Shepherd Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bakharwal Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Bakharwal Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bakharwal Dog do?
Bakharwal Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bakharwal Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bakharwal Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bakharwal Dog roam?
Bakharwal Dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bakharwal Dog have high prey drive?
Bakharwal Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Bakharwal Dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bakharwal Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Bakharwal Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bakharwal Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bakharwal Dogs handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Fighting Dog
Where Bakharwal Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Bakharwal Dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bakharwal Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bakharwal Dog and children:
Bakharwal Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bakharwal Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Bakharwal Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bakharwal Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bakharwal Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bakharwal Dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bakharwal Dog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Bakharwal Dogs good office dogs? Do Bakharwal Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Bakharwal Dogs be office dogs?
No
Bakharwal Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bakharwal Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bakerwali Shepherd Dog temperament with senior people? Are Bakharwal Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Bakharwal Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bakharwal Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Bakharwal Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bakharwal Dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bakharwal Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Bakharwal Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bakharwal Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bakharwal Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bakharwal Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bakharwal Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bakharwal Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bakharwal Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bakharwal Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Bakharwal Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bakharwal Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Bakharwal Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bakharwal Dog be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bakharwal Dog breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Bakharwal Dog dogs have health problems?
Bakharwal Dogs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Bakharwal Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bakharwal Dog breed? Health risks of Bakharwal Dog:
BloatCryptorchidismHip DysplasiaObesityPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Bakharwal Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bakharwal Dog be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bakharwal Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bakharwal Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bakharwal Dog have?
Bakharwal Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Bakharwal Dog dogs require per day?
Bakharwal Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bakharwal Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bakharwal Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bakharwal Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Bakharwal Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bakharwal Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Bakharwal Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Bakharwal Dog drool?
The Bakharwal Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Bakharwal Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Bakharwal Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bakharwal Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Bakharwal Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bakharwal Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-3 puppies

Pros & Cons of Bakharwal Dog

Pros
  • Health Issues: Bakharwal Dogs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bakharwal Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bakharwal Dogs handle alone time quite well.
  • Child Friendly: Bakharwal Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bakharwal Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bakharwal Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bakharwal Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Bakharwal Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Bakharwal Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Bakharwal Dog requires a lot of grooming.
  • Cat Friendly: Bakharwal Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Bakharwal Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • Gyanendra Deuba

    Nov 30, 2019, 4:02:28 PM: