Top 5 Dog Breeds in India for Dog Lovers
Chose the best for your home
So you’ve been thinking about getting a dog for sometime and cannot figure out which one to bring home. Add to your woes the harsh climate of the Indian subcontinent, your increasingly hectic lifestyle and space constraints and you start wondering whether you are at all in a position to get one.
However if you are sure you want to bring home a Dog and can provide for him the nourishment, shelter, healthcare and love he needs, we will help you pick up the right one. To get you started, here is our list of Top 5 Dog Breeds in India and why are they popular here.
1. Indian Pariah
The term Indian pariah dog, also called pie dog or primitive dog, originally referred to the wild dogs of India, but has come to refer in common parlance to any population of wild or feral dogs who live near human settlements worldwide.
These were the very first domestic dogs and Man’s earliest animal companions. This ancient race is part of the dingo-pariah group of dogs, which exists across continents. Close relatives include the Australian Dingo,The Canaan Dog in Israel, the New Guinea Singing Dog and the African Basenji.
These dogs known by various names as Deshi Kukur, Deshi Kutra, Deshi Kutta, Deshi Kutro etc. are very hardy dogs. They are very social ,highly alert, intelligent, easily trainable and capable of independent thinking. . They make excellent watch dogs and are very territorial and defensive of their pack/family. They need good socializing as pups and do well with families and children.
2. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever or ‘Labs’ as they are popularly called, are Sturdy, solidly built and family friendly dogs and are incredibly popular with Indians for their endearing nature, ease of training and that adorable puppy look they carry well in to their adulthood.
A lab puppy will grow in to a full adult within 12 months of birth growing as tall as 32 inches (thus classified as medium-sized dogs) and weigh between 25-34 Kgs ( 55-75 Lbs) and may continue to add weight till 2 years of age.
The Labrador Retriever gets its name from the Labrador sea in Canada, this was where they were used to retrieve the fisherman nets from the icy water. Their retriever trait gave them the name, Labrador Retriever
Labs are great family dogs who are protective about their family but welcoming to strangers. Labs requires a good 40-50 minutes of exercise everyday to prevent obesity and therefore serve as great companions for a family with kids.
Their energy levels are incredibly high and therefore we don’t recommend them for people and families that cannot handle a high energy dog with regular exercise and running needs. You would usually notice your neighbour’s lab to be overweight and suffering from Hip Dysplasia for the same reason so refrain from bringing home one if you cannot provide enough playtime to him. Owing to their energetic nature, Labradors who are left alone or not well exercised can become destructive — chewing, digging and barking to excess. Make sure you have enough toys for them to focus their chewing and energy on.
The wonderful double coat that keeps the Labrador warm while retrieving in icy water also gives this breed top billing as shedders. Normally, their coats do fine with a quick weekly grooming, but at shedding time daily grooming is needed.
3. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a beautiful, sturdy, well-proportioned dog with a feathered, medium-length, cream to golden-colored coat. The outer coat is water-repellent and the undercoat is dense. The head is broad, with a tapering, but wide, powerful muzzle. It has a scissors bite and a clear frontal stop. The nose is black and the kindly eyes are brown with dark rims. The ears are medium-sized and pendant. Its neck and thighs are muscular and the chest is broad. The tail is long, but never curled and it can grow up to be 24 inches tall weighing a healthy 32-36 Kgs (80 lbs) and at an average, live up to 12 years of age.
Golden Retrievers are bird dogs at heart, so they love a good game of fetch or a swim. If exercise is provided daily, golden retrievers can adapt to any type of home, even if it is a city apartment
Very Intelligent and easy to train, Golden Retrievers can also serve as a service dog for the visually challenged and the hearing impaired. They are also employed around the world for hunting, detection and search & rescue operations.
Their friendly and gentle temperament means they are not the best suited as guard dogs but the same ensures they also one of the the most popular family dogs. They are incredibly friendly and tolerant with children, very energetic and require 1-2 hours of exercise a day to stay healthy.
Despite the dense coat, they are not the heaviest of shedders and are fairly easy to groom due to the smooth, dense coat. A weekly brush should keep their coat clean and matt-free. We recommend them for homes with children that provides a playful environment or adults who can provide them the necessary physical activity needed for their well being.
4. German Shepherd
(also called Alsatians and Alsatian wolf dogs) are probably the most Ubiquitous dogs in India. You will find them everywhere for a few very unique traits of theirs. They are excellent Guard Dogs and a great asset to the police and military for their strong loyalty to their master, curiosity and a general distrust towards strangers.
In 1929, Rin Tin Tin, a very popular GSD with 27 film appearance may have won the Academy award for Best Actor but the Academy determined that a human should win.
An adult GSD can grow as tall as 25 inches weighing between 34-43 Kgs (75- 95 Lbs) and would live up to 12 years. They were bred to be herding dogs for cattle and therefore are quite agile and strong and not recommended for people who will have trouble handling an energetic large dog.
German Shepherds, if trained and well socialized, are generally considered very safe companions and are great with children if, of course, raised together. This is very important as a poorly socialised German Shepherd can be nervous in presence of strangers and therefore aggressive and over protective.
They are also heavy shedders and require regular grooming for the same.
From being a relatively rare breed in India, Pugs have gone on to become a hot favourite of Indian Dog Lovers, thanks to the immensely successful Vodafone campaign that brought the breed to limelight.
With their adorable wrinkly faces and bulgy eyes, friendliness and loyalty coupled with a small frame that can weigh anywhere between 6-8 Kgs (13-17 Lbs) and measuring up to 15 inches tall, Pugs make ideal pets for people who live in apartments or families with children. They also do well with little exercise and are incredibly low maintenance.
The vertical wrinkle on their forehead is said to resemble the Chinese character for “prince” and thus known as the “prince mark”
Pugs are extremely easy to keep but have a serious tendency to become obese unless their diet and exercise are watched carefully. With the short muzzle, they do not thrive in hot, humid weather and must be observed carefully for heatstroke. Pugs do tend to snore, again a result of the short muzzle. The prominent eyes are easily injured and care must be taken to keep them moist. Pugs are fairly robust otherwise and often live up-to 15 years of age.
Source : animalswecare