8 Dog breed suitable for Indian climate

When it comes to dogs, we are amazed to see and know their breeds. But, you cannot have all dog breeds you like in India as our climate does not suit many of them. Luckily, you will find an abundance of dog variety in India, thanks to pedigree breeders.

You can even find some of the native dog breeds, which are well suited for Indian climate.

Like a humid Indian climate is not suitable for Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute. Similarly, some dogs like Basenji or Dachshund, though it seems goods for adoption, can be difficult to train as they are hunting dog breed and prefer more exercise & puzzles.

Though dogs have been bred for hunting only, some of the breeds like Labrador, Golden Retriever, Pug, and some other toy breeds have been very friendly & easily trainable (a good option for new dog owners). However, some of these dogs want extra attention when it comes to their grooming.

So here we are going to list dog breeds which are adorable, easily trainable, requires less grooming and suitable for our Indian climate.

Note: – These dogs are sorted according to their sizes i.e. from smaller to bigger ones.

Pug in blanket, one of the smallest breed
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1. Pug

So let’s start with our list with the tiniest breed, yet known “Hutch or Vodafone Wala Dog”, it is one of the smallest dog breeds in India available.

Originated in China, this breed is very good for small homes as it requires lesser space.

They are friendly, cheerful, self-confident and also a bit stubborn. Pugs are very much adorable because of their size and their ability to get along with children.

Pugs are also known for their less tendency to bark making it the best option for new dog owners.

Though they require less grooming, their wrinkles on the face are a tough spot to clean and are also prone to various infections, so make sure you reach those tough cute wrinkles.

Also, make sure they are not taken in very humid conditions as it will cause breathing problems for them.

Features: – 

  • Life Expectancy     –      12-15 years
  • Height                    –      Male/Female up to 30/25 cm
  • Color                     –      Black, Fawn, Apricot, Silver Fawn
Beagle, one of the smaller breed for apartments
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2. Beagle

Whoever been a fan of Charlie Brown’s dog ‘Snoopy’, well here is a chance to get your own.

Being the second smallest dog breed in India, Beagle was bred for hunting, due to their best ability for picking up the scent. Their hunting instinct makes them less obedient sometimes.

Beagle is a good choice for a family with children. He is a tolerant, cheerful, and always curious thanks to his nose.

This breed requires moderate outdoor activity but be sure to let loose them only with a fenced garden or they could pick up on a scent and may go exploring…

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy     –     12-15 years
  • Height                    –     Male/Female up to 33/41 cm
  • Color                      –     Tri-color or white in combination with Black & tan/brown or brown/tan
Indian Spitz, breed for home
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3. Indian Spitz

Got his fame from the movie, “Hum Apke Hai Kaun” for the role of “Tuffy”, this breed is indeed very intelligent when compared with other dogs.

They are even known for understanding human intension as well are generally optioned for trick dogs as they are quick learners.

Often they have been confused with Pomerania (which are smaller & hairier), they come from same German spitz ancestors. Due to their fur, they need brushing in a week.
Ps: They need to bathe every day for them to be healthy.

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy    –     12-14 years
  • Height                  –     Male/Female up to 45/40 cm
  • Color                    –     Black, White or Brown
American Pitbull Terrier breed
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4. American Pitbull Terrier

Banned in many cities of the USA & countries like Great Britain & New Zealand, American Pit Bull Terrier were once bred for fighting other dogs in the pit, hence the name.

Due to this, they have extreme jaw strength which helps them to snap and even hold on to something like a tree’s branch or human hands.

However, this aggressive nature could be overcome by training them at an early age and socializing & exposing them to various situations.

They tend to develop good muscle, which surely raises a few eyebrows when you take them on a walk. Despite of being a foreign breed, their thinner coat makes them one of suitable for native Indian environment.

Despite their infamous qualities, they are a very loving breed when it comes to the family with children. They are intelligent, cheerful, and much much adorable.

They are recommended for experienced dog owners.

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy     –     8-15 years
  • Height                   –     Male/Female up to 50/53 cm
  • Color                     –     Black, White, Brown, Red, Grey, Tan
Indian Pariah, The Indian Breed

5. Indian Pariah Dog

Well, born and brought up in India, according to Indian climate, food & people, this breed wins when the survival of the fittest comes to mind.

Being a native dog breed in India, it is important to note that every stray dog is not a Pariah breed. They have been avoided for breeding for thousands of years, making them very healthy as compared to other breeds.

Issues like hip dysplasia are extremely rare. Also with a perfect diet, this breed can have good digestion and be odorless (which is an issue with various other pedigree dogs), also they required the least maintenance.

They are intelligent, loyal, extremely territorial & could be used as a guard dog as well. This quality also helped them to achieve their places in defense organizations.

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy     –     10-13 years
  • Height                   –     Male/Female up to 64/58 cm
  • Color                    –      Black, White, Brown, Red

Also, Checkout our blog regarding dog foods suitable for your canine friend.

6. Labrador Retriever

The big, friendly, curious dog is hard not to love. Bred by the fisherman from the Labrador Sea, this dog loves to swim and catch fish.

Blessed with strong back legs & good stamina this dog never stops running. So you better give this guy, space to sprint around in open ground (of course with fences on) and a lot of activity & swimming if possible.

They have a soft mouth which makes them good carriers (they could carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it).

They have a better ability to learn than the rest of the dogs, making them a good choice as a pet. Their extreme physical activity also makes them vulnerable to various health issues like Hip dysplasia, elbows & joint problem.

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy     –     10-14 years
  • Height                  –      Male/Female up to 62/60 cm
  • Color                    –      Black, Yellow, Chocolate (Rare)
German Shepherd Breed suitable for Indian Climate
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7. German Shepherd

This handsome, regal, powerful, courageous, loyal, wolf-like, intelligent….. Phew! This dog is everything when you think of a guard dog.

But be careful if you’ve never handled a dog before as for new dog owner it could be tricky to handle this breed.

They are very intelligent when it comes to self-discipline provided they have been trained. Being an idle watchdog, they are wary of the stranger.

Training during puppy’s stage is the key or they could be extremely dangerous.

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy     –     9-13 years
  • Height                   –     Male/Female up to 65/60 cm
  • Color                    –      Black, Black & Tan, Sable, Red & Black
Rottweiler, Suitable for indian climate
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8. Rottweiler

What you get, when you mix Pit Bull with German shepherds? A Rottweiler. This breed surely shows the strength of a Pitbull and alertness of German Shepherd.

Though being a guard dog, they are cute, adorable & friendly. But require a good amount of training to cope up with their behavioral issues.

They alone are responsible for more than 60% of the death rate by a dog attack in the USA. If this alone does not scare you, then you should know that this dog has been infamous in India as well. Cases have been reported in India like Chennai Rottweiler attack or Panipat’s Rottweiler attack.

Instead, they could be maintained disciplined, if they have been trained well from the beginning. Training includes teaching them about various situations, introducing them to new people (especially around kids) & dogs as well. Still, this breed is one of the favorite choices for Indians wanting a guard dog.

Features: –

  • Life Expectancy     –     8-10 years
  • Height                   –     Male/Female up to 69/63 cm
  • Color                    –     Black, Tan, Mahagony

So if you’re looking for a better lap dog, one who can spend most of the time at home then you should probably go for the smaller breed as for them your home will be enough space for their exercise. While bigger dog needs bigger spaces to run free.

Also, it is important for all of these dogs to be trained. Why don’t you check out our articles on training them?

So which breed is your favorite? Mention that in below comment section. Let us know if you think about other breeds to be included in this list.

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