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Bully Kutta is a rare dog breed from Southern India, from the Thanjavur and Tiruchi districts. “Bully” in its name actually comes from the Hindi word bohli—meaning heavily wrinkled, and “Kutta” means dog. They are used as fighting dogs in Pakistan and are excellent guard dogs. The Bully Kutta or Indian Mastiff is sometimes referred to as the Bully Cutha, Sindh Mastiff, South Asian Mastiff or Pakistani Bully Dog. They were developed during the British Colonial rule in India and were used primarly for sporting purposes. They are typically found today in areas belonging to Pakistan.
All Bully Kutta’s have English Bull Terrier blood as well as blood from the crossings of several other British breeds such as English Mastiffs, Pointers and several types of British hunting dogs. The Bully Kutta is a victim of dog fighting but the majority of these rare dogs are used as guard dogs. It is because of their size and strength a few find themselves in the hands of people who choose to use them for dogfighting.
The Bully Kutta has a short smooth coat that is usually predominantly white in color, however fawn, black, harlequin, red and brindle markings vary. The muzzle is black and the skin around their neck and mouth is loose. The brisket is deep, and the limbs are well muscled. The back is long with the tail tapering to a fine point. The ears are set high on the skull and pricked. It has a long and graceful stride. The males vary from 30 to 42 inches and females from 30-36 inches tall. They usually weigh 150 to 170 pounds and can reach up to 200 pounds, especially for males. They are very muscular and thick boned.
These beasts from the east are known to be aggressive and protective, having a strong guarding instinct due to the nature of their work. With proper socialization from an early stage they can become good companion dogs. Bully Kuttas are not recommended for first time dog owners or timid dog owners. With their size and great strength, it is best that the owner is experienced in the type of training that these dogs require.
The Persian Army used Indian mastiffs, but just for guarding and were introduced into Greece by Xerxes the First when he marched towards this country in 486-465 B.C..
The Indian Mastiff originated in and around the desert area of Kutch, the Rajasthan area and Bhawalpur area of Punjab. A part of the Kutch area in Rajasthan was under the Sindh District and so the other name of this breed is Sindh Mastiff. Alongside the Kumaon Mastiff, the Indian Mastiff were used for hunting large games. A sudden change in the hunting practises saw the Indian Royal families to use cheetahs for hunting instead. This changed the Indian Mastiff’s job to guard dogs and dogs used for fighting instead. With time most people forgot the breeds and the Indian Mastiff became rare. The people who used the Indian Mastiffs to fight dropped its height a couple of inches for performance sake.
The Indian Mastiff are used as fighting dogs in Pakistan, where they are called Bully Kutta, alongside the proper Bully Kutta, since most Pakistani dog fighters are accustomed to calling all Mastiff breeds used for fighting Bully Kutta. The Indian Mastiff are still used in Pakistan as excellent Fighting Dogs and also as one of the most dangerous guard dogs, known to excel the true Bully Kutta.