The Pakistani Mastiff, also known as the Pakistani Bully Kutta, has its root in the Indian Sub-Continent. As it is most often found in Pakistan, it is more commonly known as the Pakistani Mastiff. The naming comes from the word Bully is taken from Sindhi and Urdu word 'Bohli' which means 'heavily wrinkled' and word 'Kutta' means 'dog'. So the literal meaning of Bully Kutta is heavily wrinkled dog. The dog is largely found in rural areas of Pakistan where it is primarily used in dog fights. It is also used as guard dog and is a symbol of wealthy people. The dog has an ancient heritage which goes centuries back. The Bully Kutta originated in and around the Thar Desert of Sindh. The breed was used mostly for hunting large game such as bears and wild boars during the Mughal Empire. This practice eventually declined with the sudden change in the hunting techniques of Royal families who instead started to use Asiatic Cheetahs. Consequently, this changed the Bully Kutta?s job back to guarding and, more recently, dog fighting.
The Bully Kutta has a short smooth coat that is usually predominantly white in color. However fawn, black, harlequin, red and brindle markings are seen as well. The muzzle is black and the skin around the neck and mouth is loose. The brisket is deep and the limbs are very well muscled. The back is extended with the tail tapering to a fine point. The ears are set high on the large skull and pricked. It has a long and graceful stride. The males vary from 32 to 42 inches and the females vary from 28 to 36 inches tall. They usually weigh 150 to 170 and few bullys have been known to reach over 200 pounds. They are very muscular and thick boned.
This large dog is NOT recognized by AKC.
Common colors for Bully Kutta are white with fawn, black, harlequin, red and brindle markings.
The coat is short and smooth and needs little grooming.
This large dog is very strong, agile and aggressive due to its fighting nature. Titled "Beast from the East", the Pakistani Bully Kutta has strong protective instincts due to its guarding nature. It is not a dog for all and needs an experienced handler to handle this breed. Known for its agility and stamina, the dog is agile and resilient , capable of great speeds with tiger-like stride and movements which sets this intelligent and noble dog apart from most other breeds.
With early socialization and training, the dog can be an amenable companion for responsible and knowledgeable owners.
The short coat is low maintenance.
Being an intelligent breed, the Bully Kutta can be trained without much difficulty with right kind of training techniques and experienced trainer. It takes a firm and experienced owner who can stablish himself as dog's true packleader and win its confidence, to train this dog.
This dog needs fair amount of exercise to be happy and content. Being an active dog, it needs to do fair amount of physical and mental stimulation to burn off its high energy levels.