Top 10 Indian Dog Breeds
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If you are looking to foster a dog in India, then in this article we have told you about the top 10 Indian dog breeds.

Most of us like to have pets and if we are talking about pets then the topmost preference will be DOGS. The reason is, Dogs are caring, friendly, and loyal to us.

So here we are up with an article on the top 10 Indian dog breeds in detail. So, if you are looking for some detailed article on dogs then you are at the right site, this article will cover all your doubts. Here we begin with the list.

Golden Retriever

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Golden Retriever is one of the most lovable dog breeds that people love to have. These dogs are easily found in India.

COLOR: These dogs are found in the color cream, lightly golden, and dark golden.

SIZE: The size of these breeds is from medium to large.

WEIGHTS: Male golden retrievers weigh around 30 to 34 kg while female golden retrievers weigh around 25 to 35 kg.

LIFESPAN: These dogs have a life span of 10-12 years.

GROOMING: Golden Retrievers need to be groomed daily, while adopting a golden retriever you need to keep in mind that neatness and occasional bathing are especially important.

SHEDDING: They do shed but regular grooming keeps shedding under control. You should keep seeing the amount of shedding, in case it is more than the regular shedding, you should consult a pet doctor.

CHARACTERISTICS: Their characteristics include friendly, cheerful, supportive, great with kids, confident, trust, and dependable.

NEEDS: Golden Retriever needs regular exercise and continuous interaction. They become unhappy when you leave them alone.

NEGATIVES: They are prone to many health problems. You must be careful of the changes in them, and you must take diligent care of your Golden Retriever.


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Many people get confused while looking at a pug and a bulldog. Let me tell you the difference between the two. The pug is smaller than the bulldog. They look alike because of their body shape and wrinkled face but a pug has a round face while a bulldog has a square kind of face.

COLORS: Pugs are available in the colours fawn, black, silver fawn, and apricot.

SIZE: Pugs are small.

WEIGHT: Pugs weigh around 14 to 18 pounds.

LIFE SPAN: Pugs have a life span of 12 to 15 years.

GROOMING: Pugs need to be groomed daily, brushing the coat with a soft bristle for just a few minutes each day stimulates the blood flow and keeps your pug skin healthy. They do need bathing every 2 to 4 weeks. Bathing your pug too often can lead to skin problems in them while not bathing them after a certain interval will lead to skin problems also.

SHEDDING: Pugs shed a lot because they have more hair packed in their small structure. If your family has allergies, then a pug is not for you.

CHARACTERISTICS: Playful, affectionate, charming, stubborn, docile, clever, calm, mischievous, attentive, loving, sociable, apartment dog.

NEEDS: Pugs need a lot of attention, they require some special grooming, they need training otherwise they will start gaining weight which will lead to health problems. They need proper sleep. Pugs cannot tolerate heat, so you need to take care of it.

NEGATIVE: Pugs are hard to train, they need a lot of grooming, they are prone to skin and weight problems but specially to eye problems.


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The beagles are cute just like their name, they own a profound sense of smell and tracking skills as they are primarily chosen for hunting.

COLORS: Beagles are found in colour lemon & white, tricolour, red and white, white, and tan, orange & white, chocolate & white.

SIZE: Beagle is a medium-sized breed.

WEIGHTS: Male Beagles weigh around 10-11 kg while Females weigh around 9-10 kg.

LIFE SPAN: Beagles have a life span of 12-15 years.

GROOMING: Beagles need frequent baths and to keep your Beagle healthy regular grooming is the key.

SHEDDING: Here’s the good news, guess what? Beagles moderately shed during the year, but they shed more in only spring. Their shedding is seasonal.

CHARACTERISTICS: Intelligent, Amiable, Excitable, Even tempered, Playful, Gentle, Determined, and Trainable.

NEEDS: Beagles need plenty of exercise. You need to dedicate your time to keeping such a dog happy and healthy. If you are a busy bee then beagles are not for you.

NEGATIVES: Beagles can be louder than any other dog breed, being a hunter beagle loves to dig, they can be stubborn at times. Beagles, like any other breed, have health issues, especially in-ears, so you must take care of their ears.

PRICE: The price of the breed beagles can range from Rs.5000 to Rs.28000 in India.

Labrador Retriever

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One of the amazing dogs that you may love to have been Labrador Retriever. It has its origin in the United Kingdom. 

COLORS: Black, Light golden, Shades of yellow and chocolate.

SIZE: Labrador is a medium-sized dog.

WEIGHT: Female Labradors can weigh around 25kg to 35 kg while male Labradors can weigh around 29kg to 36kg’

LIFESPAN: Labrador retriever has a life span of 10-12 years.

GROOMING: Labrador needs thorough brushing daily with light hands. You do not really have to bathe them regularly because it will cause their skin to dry out. They need to bathe once a month or when they get dirty.

SHEDDING: Labrador sheds are more unlike the other start hairy breeds because they have dense coats of double layer throughout their skin. You can minimize the shedding by brushing your Labrador daily.

CHARACTERISTICS: Gentle, Even-tempered, Trusting, Intelligent, Kind, Agile, Outgoing, and Active.

NEEDS: Labrador is a foodie and because of it, they gain weight easily. So, if you are planning to buy a lab then hide all your food in the kitchen. Just kidding. But you really need to take care of your lab by maintaining their healthy weight. Exercising is necessary for them. They do need exercise and training daily.

NEGATIVES: Labrador is prone to serious problems related to health, but they are healthier than other breeds. Labrador sheds a lot; they need proper care of their eating habits.

PRICE: The price range for Labradors can be from 4000 to 1 lakh as per the quality of the breed.


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Here comes the cutest dog breed Pomeranian. Poms got their name from Pomerania, in Germany. The Pomeranian is the smallest member of the Spitz family.

COLORS: White, Cream, Light Brown, Light Golden, Black, Brown, Grey.

SIZE: Poms are small-sized dog breeds.

WEIGHT: Poms can weigh around 1.4 kg to 3.2 kg.

LIFE SPAN: Poms has a life span of 12-16 years.

GROOMING: Poms need grooming at least three days a week. Brushing their coat lightly can be done regularly to get rid of the detangled hair problem.

SHEDDING: Due to double coat and fluffy hair this cute breed does shed but their shedding is constant during the year, Poms shedding is less than other dog breeds.

CHARACTERISTICS: Playful, Active, Friendly, Intelligent, Sociable, Extroverted, Love to be the centre then attraction. Poms being small-sized dogs can be the target of big dogs and carnivorous animals and birds. Poms are sensitive to heat and humidity, just make sure you keep them out of the heat and humid environment.

NEGATIVES: Pom’s size makes it adorable, but this becomes a con also because of their small size they can easily come under something, and this can cause the death of the pom. Poms need care and attention in this matter. They need to take care with proper attention. Poms being a small dog get intimated when big dogs come in front of them, and they can be aggressive. Never take their aggressiveness on their cute side.

PRICE: The Price of Pomeranian breeds can be range from 3000-45000 depending upon the quality of the breed.


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Are you in search of a guard dog and the best companion?

Well, Doberman is one of them. Doberman has its origin in Germany.

COLORS: Black, White, Fawn, Red & Rust, Black, and Brown.

SIZE: Doberman is a medium to large-sized dog.

Weight: Female Doberman can weigh around 32kg-35 kg and while male Doberman can weigh around 40kg-45kg.

LIFESPAN: Doberman has a lifespan of 10-13 years.

GROOMING: Doberman can be bathed once a month or daily depending upon the lifestyle and environment.

SHEDDING: Doberman does not shed a lot; they are moderate shedders. To avoid their shedding, grooming daily is advised.

CHARACTERISTICS: Alert, Loyal, Obedient, Energetic, Intelligemt, Fearless, Confident, Protective, Family dog.

NEEDS: Doberman being an active and energetic dog, they do need exercise and training daily, in absence of which can make them irritable and aggressive. Doberman needs to be raised well-mannered and sociable.

NEGATIVE: Doberman is prone to disease that can cause a short life span. No doubt Doberman is a friendly and family dog but on the con side, they become aggressive if you have not trained them well from the beginning.

PRICE: Doberman’s breed price can range from Rs.5000 to Rs.20,000.

Indian Pariah Dog

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Indian Pariah Dog is one of our own Indian dog breeds (Street Dog). They are also known as pie or pye dogs. They often are considered guards or police dogs.

COLORS: Black, Golden, Black & White, White & Golden.

SIZE: Indian Pariah Dog is a medium-sized dog.

WEIGHT: Female pariah can weigh around 15kg-25kg while a male pariah can weigh around 20kg-35kg.

LIFE SPAN: Indian Pariah has a life span of 10-13 years.

GROOMING: Indian pariah does not need grooming much. You can accordingly do the grooming as per the needs.

SHEDDING: One of the best features of Indian Pariah Dog is they do not shed or shed very rarely.

CHARACTERISTICS: Highly Intelligent, Active, Sociable, Loyal, Loyal, Lovable, Family dog, Playful, Protective, and Trainable.

NEEDS: Indian Pariah is a low-maintenance dog breed. They need minimal grooming and daily exercise to keep them healthy. One of the great points is to add they have good immunity because they are pure breed, but they do need physical training.

NEGATIVES: They do not have any cons in them but at times they can be a little shy.

PRICE: Indian pariah dog can be adopted from the street or can be brought from the pet shop, price range ranges Rs.2000 to Rs.7000.

Great Dane

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Great Dane has its origin from Germany, they are also known as German Mastiff or Deutsche Dog. It is categorized hunting dog.NO do not go by the name hunting, they are good pets also.

COLORS: Black, White & Black, Golden, Grey, Brown, Brown & Black, Gold &Black.

SIZE: Great Dane is a medium to large-sized dog.

WEIGHT: Female Great Dane can weigh around 45kg -59kg while male Great Dane can weigh around 54kg-90kg.

LIFE SPAN: They have a life span of 8-10 years.

GROOMING: Great Dane does require grooming and bathing. These dog breeds can be bathed or groomed on a weekly basis.

SHEDDING: Great Dane sheds constantly during the year. But they can shed more during the spring season. To minimize their shedding and to keep their single coat healthy regular grooming is advised.

CHARACTERISTICS: Devoted, Reserved, Loving, Gentle, Friendly, Protective, Confident, Trainable, and Playful.

NEEDS: Being a giant breed, they do need space. Regular exercise and training are the musts for them. They are not advised of small apartments. There is a need to take care of their food supplements as they are large breeds.

NEGATIVES: Great Dane has serious health issues which can lead to a shorter life span. They are prone to getting bloat (It is a condition in which the stomach twists and fills with air and gas, this can cause the dog to die in several hours. It is always advisable to let the dog rest for one hour after eating. Also, slow feeding is advisable otherwise gulping the food fastly can cause bloating.

PRICE: Great Dane’s price can range from Rs.5000 -Rs.12000.

German Shepherd

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Here comes the German Shepherd, which can be made out from the name that it has its origin from Germany. This breed is officially known as the Alsatian Wolf Dog.

COLORS: Tan with Black, Black, Golden, and Black, Cream and Black, Black.

SIZE: German Shepherd is a medium-large-sized dog.

WEIGHT: Female German Shepherd can weigh around 30kg-40kg.

LIFE SPAN: German Shepherd has a life span of 9-13 years.

GROOMING: German shepherds can be bathed and groomed once a week or as per the needs as they are Odor-free.

SHEDDING: German Shepherd sheds constantly during the year. But in the spring and fall, they tend to shed more. Regular brushing and grooming can help us in minimizing shedding.

CHARACTERISTICS: Intelligent, Stubborn, Loyal, Obedient, Alert, Watchful, Confident, Curious, and Courageous.

NEEDS: German Shepherd is an active and energetic dog they do need regular physical exercise to keep them healthy and happy. German shepherds need thoughtful and consistent care.

NEGATIVES: German Shepherd is prone to health problems. They can be sometimes disobedient. They need regular exercise and something that keeps them busy.

PRICE: The price range can vary from Rs.10,000 to Rs.70,000 for a German Shepherd.


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Hard to pronounce, right? Dachshund is mixed of German breeders includes German, French, and English hounds, and terriers. Originally the Dachshund is a German word meaning ‘badger dog’.

COLORS: Black & Tan, Chocolate, and Tan, Chocolate and Cream, Black, Golden.

SIZE: Dachshund is a small-sized dog.

WEIGHT: Dachshund can weigh around 7.5kg to 14kg.

LIFE SPAN: Dachshund has a life span of 12-16 years.

GROOMING: Dachshund needs to be groomed daily to keep their coat tangle-free, healthy, and shiny. Bathing is advisable once in three months or as per the needs.

SHEDDING: Dachshund are moderate shedders; they do not shed a lot.

CHARACTERISTICS: Clever, Stubborn, Devoted, Courageous, Playful, Friendly, Lively, Curious, and Smart.

NEEDS: Dachshund needs moderate exercise. Being active and energetic dogs, they love to play all the time. Physically being inactive makes them stressed, also they cannot be left alone, they need your attention and love.

NEGATIVES: Dachshunds love to bark, and this can be a problem for you. Dachshunds have fragile backs. Being with Dachshunds requires extra patience. They can be stubborn at times.

PRICE: Dachshund’s price ranges from Rs.7000 to Rs.14,000.

Some Common but Important Tips

Do not buy a dog just for entertainment purposes. They have feelings too.

Take care of your pets properly, do not buy one if you are a busy person or buy them accordingly.

Properly read about them before getting one for you.

Give your pet the love, attention, care they deserve also take care of their needs.

Provide your pet with a regular check-up to avoid any kind of health issues.

Take care of their dietary needs as per the requirements.

Spend time with them, do not leave them alone.

Have a wonderful experience with your lovely pets.

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”

Orhan Pamuk

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