Khillar is a draft-purpose breed also known as Mandeshi, Shikari, and Thillar. This breed is originated from the Hallikar or Amritmahal breed of cattle. Khillari means a herd of cattle and herdsmen is known as Khillari or Thillari. Four types of Khillari are prevalent in different parts. Atpadi Mahal in Southern Maharashtra, Mhaswad in Solapur and Satara area, Thillari in Satpura range of hills, and Nakali in the adjoining area of this region, and found in Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Bagalkote of Karnataka state and Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra state. Khillaris of Deccan plateau – the Mhaswad and the Atapadi Mahal type are greyish-white. Males are dark over the fore & hindquarters with peculiar grey and white mottled marking on the face.
The Tapti Khillariis are white with a carroty nose and carroty hooves. The horns are long and pointed and follow the backward curve of the forehead. They are placed close together at the root with a thick base, grow backward for half of the length, and then turn upwards in a smooth bow shape peculiar to this breed ending in pointing tips. A distinct groove in the center of the forehead from the nasal bridge to the center of the poll. Sharp and prominent nasal bridges are distinguishable characters of this breed. It has 400 Kg of average milk production per lactation. Khillar cow has average body length 132.28 cm, height at wither 126.57 cm and chest girth 156.80 cm. The average age at first calving recorded as 1,500 days, lactation length 230 days and inter-calving period 450 days.