Pakistani Vikhan Dog
Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: unknown Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Pakistani Vikhan Dog is also known as Vikhan Sheepdog, Chitral Watchdog or simply Vikhan. It comes from Chitral region of Pakistan. This dog is used as livestock herding and protection dog. For its speed, agility and fierce temperament, this dog is also used as an able Leopard hunter. This large molosser type dog stands around 26 inches with a lean body that is built for speed rather than strength. The rich coat comes in solid shades of black, brown, red and fawn, but multi-coloured and spotted dogs are quite common. This is a relatively unknown dog breed and very little information is available for this dog. It is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
The Vikhan Dog comes in different colours which include solid shades of black, brown, red and fawn. Multi-coloured and spotted Vikhan dogs are common too.
The coat is short.
The Vikhan Dog is a large, lean and muscular dog that possesses fierce temperament and great intelligence. It is, however, very territorial and aggressive, needing careful socialization from an early age. Related to other Molossers of the region, the Vikhan is often described as a "giant Rough Collie", due to its profuse coat, which is used as a wool substitute in Pakistan.
As a working breed, it can be assumed that this dog will need high levels of activities due to its working nature. It should be provided large open spaces to play and run freely.