Rugged, courageous and serious, the Bakharwal Dog is a resilient and serious working breed, commonly seen following the large herds of goats and sheep during the Gujjar migrations in Pakistan. While easy to train and reportedly very intelligent, these Molossers are quite protective of their masters and confrontational with strange dogs, but they aren't overly vicious or uncontrollable. Deep-chested, muscular and agile, the Kashmiri Sheepdog has a straight back, broad shoulders and long legs. The body is strongly boned, with a powerful neck and large head.
The medium length flat coat is very thick and densely undercoated, providing suitable protection from the harsh climate of the area, as well as from predators. The most common and valued colourings are black, black-n-tan, fawn and red, but some tricoloured and piebald examples can be found too. A variety of sizes can be encountered, from specimens that are 24 inches tall to those exceeding the height of 30 inches at the withers.