The breeds origin is not completely clear. The Bully Kutta is an ancient breed from Indian subcontinent. The first evidences of Bully Kutta like dogs are from 16th or 17th century, but the breed might be even older than that. The Bully Kutta´s ancestry is also debatable. One theory suggest, that this is a descendant of the ancient Alaunt. Another theory suggest, that these dogs were developed by crossing local Indian and Pakistani mastiffs with English Mastiffs, brought to the Indian subcontinent with the British colonists.
The original purpose of this strong and fearless dog breed was hunting and fighting large game such as wild boar or bears, but of course, also protection. Today, the protection is the main job of this breed in India or Pakistan and they are excellent at it. These dogs are very courageous, brave and alert, extremely powerful and they have great senses. They are absolutely loyal and committed and they are not afraid to fight, even to death. Sadly, because of that, the Bully Kutta was also used for dog fights and even today, it is still illegaly used for this stupid purpose. Hopefully it will change soon, as there are some non profit organization in India and Pakistan fighting against the dog fights.
You might be wondering, what is the meaning of Bully Kutta´s name. Well, the word kutta means dog and bully is anglicized version of Punjabi word bohli, which means heavily wrinkled. So the breeds name can be literally translated as heavily wrinkled dog. The breed is known under some other names as well, such as Sindhi Mastiff, Pakistani Mastiff, Alangu Mastiff, Indian Mastiff and they have also one great nickname i alredy mentioned in the beginning of the video – the Beast from the East.
There is no only one type of Bully Kutta and the dogs might differ a little bit from one region to another. There are actually several different types of this dog, to mention some, there is the original ancient type Bully Kutta, Modern Bully Kutta, heavier Mastiff type Bully Kutta or more athletic and agile Nagi Bully Kutta, which was developed by crossing with the Tazi Hound. No matter what type it is, the Bully Kutta is always impressive looking dog with mastiff appearance, with large and muscular body, broad and stocky head, well muscled neck, longer and extremely powerful muzzle, pendulous lips, relatively long and lean legs and tail that is long and narrow.
Speaking of the appearance of Bully Kutta, it is impossible not to mention the breeds enormous size. The average height is between 80-90 cm, which is 30-36 inch and average weight between 70-80 kg, which is 155-175 pounds. But as i mentioned earlier, there are different types of Bully Kuttas and some dogs might be little bit smaller than that and some might be even larger. There are recorded Bully Kuttas with weight over 210 pounds, which is 95 kg. The females are naturally slightly smaller than males.
The Bully Kutta is definitely one of the better known Indian dog breed, but it is still a very rare dog breed, which can be mainly found in India or Pakistan. In the last decades, Bully Kuttas were imported to other countries as well and it is possible to find them in North America or Europe, but their numbers in these countries are very low and you would be quite lucky to see a pure Bully Kutta on your own eyes.
7) Not for novices
It should be obvious, that the Bully Kutta is not a dog breed for unexperienced or novice dog owners. It is true, that these dogs are responsive, intelligent and definitely trainable, but they are also dominant, protective, independent and strong willed, which is why they definitely need an owner who knows how to socialize and train them from the puppyhood. Without proper socialization, there is a big risk that they will become overly protective, agressive and unmanageable. But with the right owner, these dogs will make delightful, friendly and absolutely devoted companion.
Large mastiffs typically do not need a lot of exercise and they are rather calm dogs, but that is not certainly true with the Bully Kutta. The pure Bully Kutta is not only large and muscular, but also quite energetic, agile and athletic breed. To stay healthy and happy, they definitely need daily physical exercise and you should provide these dogs with daily outdoor walks, jogs or good playtime. Daily shorter and fun training sessions are great way how to exercise the dog not only physically but also mentally. This is not hyperactive dog, but definitely not a coach potatoe neither!
Although large in size, the Bully Kutta does not have big maintenance and grooming requirements. These dogs have short and straight coat which they can keep in great shape bythemselves. They do shed some deal of fur and regular brushing is always beneficial to minimize the shedding and to keep the coat as clean as possible. But no other grooming is necessary. Just like with all dogs, you should also regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed. BTW, the Bully Kutta comes in several colors. The most common is white, but they can also be in black and white, brown and white, red, brindle, black, fawn or harlequin coat.
Just like with all giant dog breeds, even the lifespan of Bully Kutta is not the longest and it is typically around 9 or 10 years. This is relatively hardy and healthy breed, but of course, they may suffer from some helth issues typical for large dogs or dogs in general, such as hip dysplasia and arthritis, bloating, heart problems, different allergies, skin condition or blindness.