Bully Kuttas have long been used for offensive and defensive purposes and their personality still echoes these roles naturally today. Learn about the breed below.
Height: 76 to 111 cm
Weight: 68 to 77 kg
Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Pedigree Breed (recognised by the Kennel Club?): No. The Bully Kutta is a type of mixed Mastiff-type dog from Asia.
Positives and Negatives of the Breed
- Super strong and large
- Formidable adversary and guard dog
- Responsive, alert and highly intelligent
- Tough to train
- Have a fearsome reputation for the most part
- Needs a great deal of exercise
- Strong and thus tough to control
The Bully Kutta or Pakistani Bully Kutta is a pretty unique Mastiff dog that is particularly prevalent across Asia, particularly in the Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan where they’re used as a working dog.
It is a mix of British and Indian Mastiffs that may have originated in the colonial era, though no one knows for sure and early examples date back to some 400BC.
Its name frequently misleads people to assume it involves Bulldogs or Pitbulls in its breeding but this is not the case, ‘Bully’ simply means wrinkled.
What is known for sure is that the Bully Kutta is a huge dog, certainly classifiable as a giant breed, with some examples reaching over 80kg!
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They are extremely muscular and lean, have huge jaws and move quickly. It’s no surprise that this dog has earnt a fearsome reputation, it is a dog with supreme loyalty to a true experienced owner and it makes an excellent guardian.
The Bully Kutta possesses these characteristics in abundance and it’s not difficult to see why such a big and brutish looking dog has earnt a rather unique reputation.
Huge dogs are nearly always hard to train due to their physical might. The Bully Kutta is potentially unstoppable unless they can be adequately trained to be immediately obedient.
Training will always seek to prevent destructive behaviour, strong owners that can physically restrain the dog are more or less a necessity unless the dog is carefully trained and cared for from a puppy.
That said, like other large dogs that may gain fearsome and aggressive reputations by default of their imposing size, the Bully Kutta can be trained to be very obedient, sensible and level-headed.
This takes experience in the case of those Bully Kuttas that are real livewires – as many of them are – but you can’t fairly say this is always an aggressive dog by temperament.
Bully Kuttas are very intelligent too, which adds to the challenges of training but also grants trainers the potential to retrain rescued Bully Kuttas.
The Bully Kutta is a dog for enthusiasts and experienced dog owners that know big dogs well. For a novice owner, the prospect of owning a Bully Kutta would be somewhat dangerous.
These are big, impressive beasts with ripped muscles, massive jaws and speed and agility beyond that of gentle-giant Mastiffs that are a similar size.
The Bully Kutta has a complex and much-debated history but they’ve been around in some form for many hundreds of years and are the result of mixed breeding between many forms of Mastiff dogs, though only some Bully Kuttas can be classed as the ‘purest’ results of this complex history.
Breeding history fascinates enthusiasts and whilst the Bully Kutta does have its own distinctive gene pool, they are direct descendants of the Alaunt, an ancient giant guardian dog that was used for hunting and defence.
Indeed, the purer Bully Kuttas have long been associated with status and to some extent, they still are in India and Pakistan where they’ve seen resurgent popularity in modern times.
The Bully Kutta has a strong history as a dog that possesses aggressive attacking and defensive instincts.
It will certainly not hesitate to engage with other animals or humans, even those many times bigger than it, thus cementing its position in folklore as a warrior dog that can take down fearsome humans and creates like big cats and even bears.
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Bully Kuttas have long been used for offensive and defensive purposes and thus, their personality still echoes these roles naturally today. It is true that Bully Kuttas possess an aggressive streak and tendencies to hunt and confront other animals.
These behaviours can be trained out of the Bully Kutta but if they’re trained in, e.g. for law enforcement or guard dog purposes, Bully Kuttas will not need any encouragement to take on others.
This ferocious dog is also a deterrent by its very presence, they have wrinkled bodies and faces with jaws that clearly bare their large teeth.
Overall, Bully Kuttas are aloof and generally unfriendly towards strangers including humans and other animals.
These dogs know their size and ability, they are more intelligent than most big dogs and this adds to their difficult temperaments as they can be a law unto themself, even whe you think you’ve got them well trained.
In the right hands, Bully Kuttas make exceptionally loyal dogs that are extremely protective of their owner and family unit or ‘pack’.
Even then, it takes work to instil subjugation and subservience in a Bully Kutta to teach it to respect both its owner and other humans in the owner’s company.
Some argue that like many aggressive Mastiff-type dogs, Bully Kuttas are poorly understood and only wind up with their reputation due to the way they are frequently trained.
Some breeders insist that they are less violent and aggressive than many dogs that are never doubted. Of course, though, the risk persists that even one misplaced or accidental bite from a Bully Kutta could be catastrophic.
Another unique aspect to the Bully Kutta’s personality is that they are very energetic, far beyond that of many other Mastiffs.
These are dogs that get muscle quickly and this physical power needs to be expressed in exercise and play.
Owners find unique ways to play with their big dogs but you’d have to be super-strong and quite brave to wrestle with one of these!
Amongst large dogs, the Bully Kutta is very healthy. They have pretty impressive longevity too.
Remember, this dog can reach peak weights of 70 to 80kg and heights of over 1 metre, the fact they are also intelligent and healthy has helped give this impressive animal its elusive but highly-respected reputation.
Like most big dogs, arthritis and hip problems do tend to develop in later life and as a high-energy power-packed dog, heart and cardiovascular issues are the most likely including mitral valve prolapse and forms of cardiomyopathy.
As a large dog, the Bully Kutta is expensive to feed and relies on a carb and protein-rich diet to maintain its health and energy levels. Caring for teeth is vital – expect a lot of strong chewing. Don’t get caught out without adequate chew toys and bones!
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Large, muscled and alert, the Bully Kutta needs to exercise a lot. Exercise with its owner isn’t enough, this dog also needs a large space to express itself on its own also.
Without adequate exercise, stress will set in and the Bully Kutta may become agitated leading to destructive behaviour and aggression.
These dogs are powerful and explosive and pent up energy is never a good thing. Exercise keeps a Bully Kutta’s body running properly, burning calories in the day and ensuring it is in a relaxed state during the evening.
A poor work to rest balance is never a good thing for a powerful dog with aggressive tendencies.
When playing with a dog as big and powerful as this, one must exercise caution and not allow the dog to get out of hand. Bully Kuttas that have too much unbridled energy are a danger to all and overzealous play can hurt anyone, including owners.
They may not mean to hurt anyone, they may be being as friendly as possible during play but still, 70kg of dog is a force to be reckoned with!
Bully Kuttas learn best by strong-armed leadership. They are intelligent, though, so they can learn quickly and be receptive to sophisticated trainers that go beyond the basics to train challenging dogs.
Their intelligence makes them a real project for dog enthusiasts and the potential for training is very high.
Indeed, there is no reason to say that the rule for the Bully Kutta’s temperament is that of aggression, this is merely how they’ve been trained the majority of the time.
If trained with other end-goals in sight, the Bully Kutta can reportedly become very playful, loving and affectionate with humans including children.
A dog with as much intellect as a Bully Kutta is best able to be permanently trained to be friendly, but the challenges posed by its beastly physical form persist and it’s a bad idea to get content in thinking your Bully Kutta is tamed with everyone.
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Bully Kuttas have short hair and are easy to groom. They rarely need serious haircuts of any type.
They are also hypoallergenic as a result of their short and smooth coats.
Of course, their energy and aloofness can make grooming a challenge and muzzles may be needed when cutting toenails, etc.
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