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Kattai Nai

Information and Pictures

Front view of a short coated brown dog with a patch of white on his chest wearing a large chain collar with a lady holding her hand near him sitting down squinting his eyes

Jimmy the Kattai Nai dog at 3 year old—"Jimmy is 3 years old brown Kattai Nai dog, owned by Mr.Kannan from Tamil Nadu, India. Jimmy is very active, alert and is a good watch dog. He is aloof to strangers and aggressive towards strange dogs outside, but loving with family members. Kattai Nais are short legged medium sized dogs like the "Basset Hound", used as a watchdog and has fearless temperament."—Picture courtesy Ajit Roy Loyale.

Other Names
  • Kattai

Kat Tai Nai


The Kattai Nai has a short coat. Coat colors come in cream, fawn, brown, black and reddish. The almond shaped eyes are yellow. The ears are mostly erect. The breed should have a scissor bite.


The Kattai Nai is a medium sized dog with short legs similar to the Basset Hound. It is a small game hunter and a good watchdog. Pure Kattai dogs are not usually aggressive in nature to other dogs and are often aloof to strangers. They are good with family members. Being short in height, they have some advantages, they just jump over games and hold their neck in mouth. This is also an advantage that they have over big dogs should they find themselves in an altercation.

Height, Weight

Height: Male - 12 - 15 inches (30-38 cm) Female 10 -13 inches (25-33 cm)
Weight: Male - 33 pounds (15 kg) on average Female - 26 pounds (12 kg) on average

Health Problems


Living Conditions

The Kattai Nai dog will do okay in an apartment and can live with only a small yard so long as it gets enough exercise. They also do well on farms.


The Kattai Nai dog should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground as well as have long, brisk walks daily, preferably at the same time every day.

Life Expectancy

About 12-15 years

Litter Size

About 6-8 puppies


The smooth, shorthaired coat is very easy to groom. Simply comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.


The Kattai Nai is a short legged breed from India. It is very rare and on verge of extinction. It is found in small areas of Thanjavur and nearby places in the Tamil Nadu state of India. Some are trying to save the breed educating people on the dogs ability to be a good companion and watchdog. This rare breeds origin is not clearly known, but it is said that it is a very old breed. There are sculptures in Thanjavur temples depicting the same size dog. Those sculptures are hundreds of years old.

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A short coated light brown dog with black on the end of his muzzle, a spot of white on this chest and ears that are pinned back looking to the right while sitting against a wall on a tan blue and brown floor.

Jimmy the Kattai Nai dog at 3 year old—Owned by Mr.Kannan from Tamil Nadu, India—Picture courtesy Ajit Roy Loyale