Belonging to a leaner variety of Asian Molossers, the Kashmiri Sheepdog is related to some types of the Tibetan Mastiff and dogs of Central Asia, but is claimed by the Gujjar herdsmen to be much older than any other breed of the region. While this is debatable, the black-and-tan colouring and physical build of the Bakarwal Mastiff have led some authorities to link a number of old Molosser to this dog, namely the Hyrcanian Mastiff, the Molossos tis Epirou, the Sylvan, the Tuvan Sheepdog, and the Siah Sag variety of the Iranian Sage Mazandarani, as well as the European descendants of these breeds.
They Are deep-chested, muscular and agile, the Kashmiri Sheepdog has a directly back, broad shoulders and long legs. The entire body is strongly boned, having a powerful neck and big head. The medium-length flat coat is very thick and densely undercoated, providing suitable security from your harsh climate in the area, as well as from predators. The most common and valued colouring is dark and tan, but some tricoloured and piebald examples might be found, too. a number of sizes might be encountered, from specimens that are 24 inches tall to those exceeding 30 inches in the withers.
These dogs have a serious deposition that makes them more than enough suited to be a working dog. They get along great with other animals and small children. When working on a farm, they have a high sense of protection for livestock and other farm animals. They do not fear larger animals then themselves and have been known to fend off bears and tigers because of their strong will. Because of their strong and courageous personality, it makes them one of the best companions for a human, although their stubborn nature can make them a tad difficult to train.
While the Bakharwal Dog is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, patellar luxation – dislocation of the knee, cryptorchidism – failure of one of both of the testicles to fully descend, obesity, and bloat.
The Bakharwal Dog is an ancient working breed of dog found in the Pir Panjal mountain range of the Kashmir Himalayas, where it has been bred for many centuries by the Guijar nomadic tribes as a livestock guardian dog and settlement protector.