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Himalayan Sheepdog

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Height: 26–30 inches
Weight: 60–90 pounds
Lifespan: 10–11 years
Colors: Fawn, brown, black
Suitable for: Families and singles, homes with yards, farm and ranch settings
Temperament: Loyal, intelligent, playful, active, protective

The Himalayan Sheepdog is a large and powerful breed that takes protecting their family seriously. These dogs are friendly and sociable with human and dog family members but are much more standoffish when dealing with people and animals outside of the home. This is not to say that a Himalayan Sheepdog cannot learn to socialize well, but the act is not instinctive, and training from a young age is necessary.

This dog breed is highly active and is always looking for something to do. They enjoy working on farms but can enjoy long and happy lives in family environments if training, exercise, and adventures are focused on. There is much to learn about this interesting breed, especially if you plan to adopt one for your family.

divider-pawHimalayan Sheepdog Puppies — Before You Buy

These amazing dogs start small enough to fit in an adult human’s hand. But they grow quickly and require a great deal of attention as they age. Once fully grown, these dogs can weigh up to 90 pounds and give you a run for your money if you have not already established yourself as the pack leader.

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What’s the Price of Himalayan Sheepdog Puppies?

Himalayan Sheepdog puppies can cost as much as $1,500, but most sell for around $600. The price depends on the quality of the breeder and the lineage of the parents. The most important thing to consider when adopting a Himalayan Sheepdog is the dog’s health. If your new puppy is not healthy, you may end up spending thousands of dollars on veterinarian bills and become heartbroken over an immature death.

It is important to know exactly whom you are getting your new puppy from and how they operate when it comes to breeding and caring for the animals under their charge. Scheduling a checkup with a trusted veterinarian should be the first thing that you do once adoption takes place, to ensure the health of your pup and discover how you can best support a healthy life.

divider-paw3 Little-Known Facts About Himalayan Sheepdogs

1. They’re Great at Agility

Although the Himalayan Sheepdog is renowned for their ability to herd sheep, this breed is also an excellent agility competitor. They are fast, focused, and competitive by nature, which makes them champs on the agility course.

2. They Can Handle All Types of Weather

While these dogs are known to stay warm during cold winter months, they shed during the summer, which enables them to stay comfortable even when it is hot outside. Owners should trim their fur to ensure their comfort during the hot summer months.

3. They Have Multiple Names

This breed goes by many names throughout the world, including Bhatia, Himalayan guard dog, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan Mastiff, and Gaddi. The name of this dog breed all depends on what part of the world that you happen to live in.

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Image Credit: S Nair, Shutterstock

divider-dogTemperament & Intelligence of the Himalayan Sheepdog

These dogs are active, intelligent, protective, and eager to please. They get big quickly and are naturally strong, so they require training to learn how to live in a family household from the time that they are puppies (preferably, 12–16 weeks of age) and throughout adulthood. Training ensures a soft touch when spending time with children and an open mind when meeting new people and animals for the first time.

Himalayan Sheepdogs enjoy playing catch and hide-and-seek in the yard, but they also like to snuggle up on a lap when it’s time for the family to settle down for a movie. They are extremely protective over their human family members and will make sure that everyone at home knows when strangers get anywhere near the family property.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?👪

These can be great family dogs, but they must be trained and socialized. Without training, they can overcome children and try to take leadership over the human adults in their life. With training at an early age, these dogs can learn to be gentle with children and to obey their human family members.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Himalayan Sheepdog is a strong and mighty dog that does not necessarily get along with other dogs and animals. These dogs should be socialized with other dogs that do not live within the household while they are still puppies, around 8 to 12 weeks of age. If they do not get used to hanging out with other dogs while still young, they likely will not take well to other dogs when they get older.

Aggression and shyness are both signs that a Himalayan Sheepdog is not comfortable around other dogs. These dogs may chase and hunt down smaller animals, such as cats, birds, and chickens. They should always be supervised while spending time around smaller animals.

divider-pawThings to Know When Owning a Himalayan Sheepdog

Owning a Himalayan Sheepdog is a great deal of fun but requires plenty of commitment. These dogs are large and determined, so they need a firm yet loving hand to ensure their health and safety. Owners should understand their food and diet requirements, exercise needs, training possibilities, and common health conditions before adopting a Himalayan Sheepdog.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

These large dogs can eat up to 3 cups of dry commercial food (or the equivalent of wet), split into at least two different meals each day.  The food that they eat should be high in protein and low in empty carbs like corn and soy. Their food should contain whole foods, like real chicken and sweet potatoes. It is always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian when choosing a new food for a Himalayan Sheepdog.

Exercise 🐕

All Himalayan Sheepdogs require plenty of exercise each day to stay fit, healthy, and happy as time goes on. These pooches should go on daily walks outdoors, for at least 30 minutes at a time. They can also use time in a fenced yard playing fetch or roughhousing with other dogs living in the household. When the weather is not cooperative for outdoor exercise, owners can play games like hide-and-seek and tug-of-war indoors for both body and mind stimulation.

Training 🎾

Without obedience training, Himalayan Sheepdogs can become strong-willed and confrontational, which could be a problem for families, especially those with small children. Therefore, obedience training should be started as soon as a Himalayan Sheepdog puppy is adopted and taken home for the first time. It is never too early to teach these dogs how to come, sit, stay, and heel. In addition to obedience training, Himalayan Sheepdogs can learn how to become guard dogs and can do a great job on the agility field.

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Image Credit: ayush sam, Shutterstock

Grooming ✂️

These dogs have dense, thick hair that tends to shed all year long. Therefore, they require brushing at least twice a week to keep shedding to a minimum and keep the coat looking shiny and healthy. They do not need baths because they do a great job of keeping themselves clean. It is important to thoroughly dry off this breed when they get wet due to rain or playing in the damp grass. Otherwise, their coat may get musty.

Health and Conditions🏥

While these dogs are generally healthy, there are a few health conditions that they are susceptible to due to their lineage.

Minor Conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Glaucoma
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation

divider-dogMale vs. Female

There are a few small differences between male and female Himalayan Sheepdogs, but the differences do not make one or the other better. For instance, girls seem to be a little easier to potty train than boys, but both sexes can be successfully potty-trained during puppyhood. Another small difference is that females tend to be more independent, while males like more interaction with their human companions.

divider-pawFinal Thoughts

All in all, the Himalayan Sheepdog is a great family pet due to their intelligence, loyalty, and protectiveness. However, owning one of these dogs requires a great deal of commitment. Make sure the entire family is up for the responsibility before even considering adopting one of these dogs. What is your favorite trait of the Himalayan Sheepdog? Let us know in the comments section!


Featured Image Credit: ayush sam, Shutterstock

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She is an artist at heart and loves to read, paint, and make jewelry in her spare time. As a vegan, Rachael is obsessed with helping animals in need both in her community and anywhere in the world where she feels she can make a difference. Animals also happen to be her favorite topic to write about! She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens.