Kuchi Dogs, popularly known as the Afghan Shepherd Dogs are working dogs for guarding nomads, their caravans and livestock against animals and thieves. 

They are available in various types like the mountain type, steppe type, tiger type and so on. This dog quickly adapts to all climatic conditions and has genetic resemblance to Asian Ovcharka.

Kuchi is a tall dog with the strong muzzle, cropped ears, thick & long neck docked tail and straight backline. 

They are not registered by any canine associations or Kennel Clubs across the world. 

The Kuchi Dogs are mainly available in the given varieties:

  • Steppe Types: This breed has a lighter build and can run fast across flat land. They have a long-haired medium coat.
  • Mountain Type: This Kuchi breed has a more significant body and is extremely fast in the rocky and uneven area. They have longer and thicker coat than steppe types.
  • Desert Types: This Sage Kuchi breed have an underwool coat to adapt hot and cold climatic conditions. They are also known as Tiger and Lion type. Tiger type Kuchi dogs are athletic and can slink along like a cat.

Quick Information

Other NamesDe Kochyano Spai, Sage Jangi, Sage Kuchi, Jangi Spai
Size of Litter5-9 puppies
Height27-35 inches (68.58 Cms – 88.9 Cms)
Weight84 – 176lbs (38.10 Kgs – 79.83 Kgs)
CoatThick and medium
Good with ChildrenYes
Tendency to droolModerate
TemperamentAthletic, courageous and intelligent
Life span12 years
ColorsMix colours with dark spots
SheddingSeasonal and moderate



The Kuchi Dogs were the primitive breeds in Afghanistan raised by the nomads to protect them on varied terrains as well as climatic conditions. 

The nomads would take the dogs along with them to challenge predators like lions, wolves, bears and even thieves. 

Temperament And Behavior

Kuchi dogs are highly vigilant, fierce and tough and ensure that they perform their duty even when they encounter dangerous situations. They are extremely territorial and never hesitate to defend their owners. 

Such dogs have a keen sense of pride and independence in them but around their owners, they share a good rapport and can be friendly and affectionate.

They are strong, courageous and athletics and never made it to any of the Kennel Clubs because of these characteristics and not looks. 

Health And Care

The Kuchi Dogs generally are considered to be very healthy breeds and generally do not display significant health issues. Occasional veteran tests to look for budding health issues are enough. 

Regular exercise, leashed walks and free runs keep the dogs healthy and happy. The best option is to take them on long walks twice a day followed by a few activities. 


Kuchi Dogs are extremely independent in nature. They were developed to look for themselves and require minimum grooming efforts from the owners. 

Some varieties may require brushing of hair once or twice a month but that is also very minimal. 


This breed of dog requires training in puppyhood to make them less intrusive towards other dogs and trainers. Dog behaviourists and constant cuddling can calm them down. 

However when they grow up, they do not demand a lot of training and can prove to be really independent especially with their guarding duties. 


Q. What is Kuchi breed price in India? 

A. A Kuchi Dog in India can cost you anywhere between Rs. 60000 to Rs. 80000.

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

A. While a Kuchi Dog puppy can cost anywhere between $600 and $1000 (USD, $) in the USA, it can cost 1700 pounds (GBP, £) upwards in UK and around 950 can $ (CAD, Can$) upwards in Canada.

Q. What is the life expectancy of a Kuchi Dog?

A. A Kuchi Dog can live on an average somewhere between 12 years, and sometimes even more. 

Q. What is the average size of an adult Kuchi Dog?

A. While a male Kuchi Dog can grow up to 28 inches (71.12 Cms) tall, a female Kuchi Dog can grow up to a height of 35 inches (88.9 Cms).

Q. Are Kuchi Dog a friendly breed?

A. A Kuchi Dog is usually friendly with his owner and his family and the dogs it grew up with, but not so much with strangers and dogs it doesn’t know.

Q. Do Kuchi Dogs need exercise?

A. Yes, Kuchi Dogs are active dogs that require some sort of exercise daily. 

Q. What is the average weight of a Kuchi Dog?

A. A Kuchi Dog is a large breed dog and can weigh anywhere between 84 pounds to 176 pounds (38.1 Kgs -79.8) easily.

Q. What should I feed my Kuchi Dog?

A. Kuchi Dog dogs need nutrition-rich food that provides it with the required amount of energy. However, they are flexible with the food type and quality as they are born and brought up in a rough terrain. The best recommendation for Kuchi Dogs is home cooked food which is rich in protein.