The Kanni (pronounced US: kan-nee) is a dog breed characterized by its prominently tall and lengthy stature. Their legs are thin but heavily muscled. Their coat is short and smooth. Their snouts are long, and their ears are pendant-shaped.

A pure-bred Kanni has a black and tan coat. Some have different colors, such as off-white, black, and brown spots. Their names change depending on their color, but they are all Kanni breeds.

Quick information

Other namesKarun Kanni, Chippiparai, Pottu Kanni, Maiden’s Beastmaster, Paala Kanni
Height22 to 25 inches (1.83 – 2.08 Feet)
Weight35 to 48 pounds (15.8 Kgs – 21.7 Kgs)
Life expectancy12 to 16 years
RecognitionDRA (Dog Registry of America, Inc)
Barking tendenciesLow
Pet friendlyYes
Litter Size3 – 6 Puppies
TemperamentLoyal, affectionate, territorial, intelligent, loving, playful, protective
IdentificationDRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Best Suited ForActive Singles, house with a yard, hunters
Country OriginatedIndia

History of Kanni

The Kanni breed has an interesting history. It originated in the southern part of India and is commonly referred to as “Maiden’s Beastmaster” because it is traditionally given to the bride for protection because of the dog’s protective and loving nature.

They were once used to hunting and guard dogs but eventually became house dogs. It is a rare dog breed because it can only be found in Southern India. 

Temperament and Behavior

It is innate for Kanni to be loyal and friendly to their masters but timid to strangers. They are protective of their masters, especially if they sense danger.

The independent nature of Kanni makes training a bit challenging because they do what they want, but with proper training and guidance, they are willing to follow the orders of their master. 

Q. What is the bite force of Kanni dog?

A: Average between 210 and 400 PSI.

Q. What is the running speed of Kanni dog?

A: Kanni dogs have been known to hit speed up to 65 km/h.

Health and Care

Caring for Kanni dogs is easy as its short coat does not require that much care and maintenance. However, you have to pay special attention to diet. Its diet consists of milk and porridge.

Meat should only be given on a weekly basis. To ensure a complete and well-balanced food, you have to give high-quality adult dog formula. 

Common Health Problems

  • Hip and joint problem
  • Bloating
  • Muscle-related problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection 


  • Keep your Kanni dog in top shape by cleaning and brushing regularly.
  • Check for fleas and ticks regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
  • Brush once a week to prevent matting.
  • Do not bathe more than twice a month, as it can strip away the dog’s natural oil, causing the skin to be dry and flaky.
  • Professional grooming is okay but is not always recommended. 


The innate intelligence of the Kanni dog makes it easy to train. However, they can be a bit willful at times because they are bred as working dogs. Nevertheless, they make a perfect hunting and guarding dog with proper training.

Training and socialization should start as early as puppyhood. Kanni dogs love to please their masters and expect them to follow commands using positive reinforcements.

Clicks and whistles can be very effective training tools. However, you have to be careful not to overtrain your dogs. There should be frequent intervals not to exhaust your dogs. 

Q. What is Kanni breed price in India?

A. Buying a Kanni breed can cost you around Rs.10000 to Rs.15000 in India.

Q. What is Kanni breed price in USA, UK, and Canada?

A. Kannican cost around $120 (USD, $) in the USA, CAN $100-300 (CAD, Can$) in Canada and around 200 pounds (GBP, £) in the UK.

Q. Are Kanni good family dogs?

A. Kanni dogs are curious and affectionate and will make a great family dog and also good watch dogs.

Q. What is the average weight of a Kanni?

A. A male Kanni usually weighs around 50-65 lbs (22.6 Kgs – 29.4 Kgs), whereas a female Kanni weighs around 45-55 lbs (20.4 Kgs – 24.9 Kgs)

Q. What is the average height of a Kanni?

A. A male Kanni grows around 25-27 inches (2.08 – 2.25 Feet) usually, whereas a female Kanni can grow anywhere between 23 to 25 inches (1.91 – 2.08 Feet). 

Q. Do Kanni shed a lot?

A. No. Kanni have short, soft coats and shed very minimal amount of fur. Thus, they require normal amount of occasional brushing to control the shedding.

Q. What is the usual temperament of Kanni dogs?

A. Kannis are clever, yet shy dogs that are known to be loyal, and protective around their families.

Q. What is the average life of a Kanni dog?

A. Kannis have an average lifespan of around 14 to 16 years.