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Dogs have been our most loyal companions since ancient times, the history of dogs in India is thousands of years old. They are also mentioned in ancient Indian tales, and have religious significance. If you are looking for a loyal companion for south Indian states, then you should choose the dog breed that is suitable for living in hot weather.
Though all dogs are excellent and make great companions, each breed has its own unique attributes, and not all dog breeds may be the best recommendation for hot climate, just as Tibetan Mastiff and St. Bernard are not suitable for hot climates. Let us know which dog breed is suitable according to the hot climate of South India.
20 dog breeds best suited for South Indian climate
- Alangu Mastiff (Indian Bulli Kutta)
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Border Collie
- German Shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Great Dane
- Indian Spitz
- Labrador Retriver
- Mudhol Hound
- Pariah (Desi) Dog
1: Alangu Mastiff (Indian Bulli Kutta)
Alangu Mastiff or Indian Mastiff dog is a giant, indigenous mastiff dog, also known as Indian Bulli, Bulli Kutta, or Sindh Mastiff. The former name of this dog is Sindh Mastiff, which was derived from the name of its place of birth "Sindh Prant". In today's time, the borders of Sindh province are spread between India and Pakistan. That became quite popular, because of its excellent performance in a dog fight, and they are mainly known as Pakistani Bulli or Bulli Dog.
2. Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog, is a medium-sized, short-coated, herding dog breed, native to Australia. It's an energetic, alert, intelligent, watchful and courageous dog that was developed for cattle over long distances across rough terrain.
The beagle is a breed of small-sized, sturdy, scent hound dog, Native to United Kingdom that was developed for hunting hare. Beagle is an intelligent, gentle, playful, and devoted dog that makes a good family pet. It has become very popular in India in the last few years, and can be easily identified with its big brown eyes and square, floppy ears.
4. Border Collie
The Border Collie is a medium-sized, working and herding dog breed, native to Australia, which was developed to herd livestock, specifically sheep. The Border Collie is considered one among the smartest dog breed, which is a highly intelligent and extremely energetic, and athletic dog breed.
The Combai, also known as Kombai or Polygar dog is a medium sized, sighthound dog breed, native to Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Combai dog was developed for hunting, and personal protection, that make an excellent guard dog. It looks like a bigger native Indian Pariah dog. But it's a different breed, which is a muscular and powerful dog and known for its dedication, fearlessness and loyalty to owners.
Chippiparai or Shippiparai Dog was bred for hunting wild boar, deer and hare, and to guard the livestock and property. This dog breed was developed by the royal families in Chippiparai near Madurai district, of Tamil Nadu, from where it got its name. The rulers of Tirunelveli and Madurai, kept them as a symbol of royalty and dignity. These sight hounds are known for their sense of sight and chasing speed to spot and kill prey. Also, they are very playful, obedient and loyal dogs and make a good family pet, they are appreciated as a watch dog or guard dog.
The Dalmatian is a medium-sized, hunting dog dog breed, native to Dalmatia (present-day Croatia), from where it got it's name Dalmatian. The Dalmatian is an athletic, sturdy and healthy dog breed that was developed to work as a carriage dog and later it was used for hunting, is known for its unique white coat marked with black or brown-colored spots.
The Dachshund is small-sized, short-legged, long-bodied, scent hound-type dog, native to Germany and also known as the wiener dog, badger dog, and sausage dog. The dachshund is an intelligent, confident and reserved dog breed that was developed to chase and to drive out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. Daschund is available in three varieties, the smooth-haired, wire-haired, or long-haired. The smooth-haired Dachshund is, can adopt the tropical hot weather.
9. Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinschers are intelligent, alert, courageous and dedicated dogs, which are very loyal and obedient companion. These qualities make them one among most demanded dogs. Also, they are very athletic and sturdy dogs. Dobermans are not an aggressive dog, but they are very protective and aggressive towards strangers. That's why they are known as, one man dog. They can’t be trusted with guests and strangers. By nature, they are dominant and need a firm owner.
10. German Shepherd
German Shepherd dogs are medium to large sized, intelligent, courageous, and devoted dogs, developed from Germany and also known as German Shepherd Dog (GSD). German Shepherd, Alsatian, Alsatian Wolf Dog. They are an intelligent, easily trainable and multitalented dogs, that makes them one of the most highly sought after breeds in the world. German Shepherds can have short, medium, or long coats. Usually, these dogs have thick and undercoated fur. The Short coated German shepherds can adopt tropical climate.
11. The German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium-large sized, pointing dog, native to Germany that was developed in the 19th century for hunting. It's an excellent hunter that has powerful, slender body, strong legs, excellent stamina and speed and suitable for both land and water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is gentle and playful with children, and strangers and make an excellent family pet.
12. Great Dane
The Great Dane is a large, tall mastiff breed that originated in Germany. It is considered by many to be the tallest dog breed in the world. The world’s tallest dog, 'Gibson', was indeed a Great Dane, but the average height for Great Danes is slightly less than that of the Irish Wolfhound. Great Danes are gentle, friendly and affectionate dogs, and they can be trusted around kids and other pets.
13. The English Greyhound
The English Greyhound is medium-sized, athletic, sighthound dog, native to the United Kingdom that was developed for coursing game and greyhound racing and used for for coursing game, including deer and hare. It's an affectionate, intelligent, quiet, gentle and an excellent sprinter dog that can reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour.
14. Indian Spitz
The Indian Spitz are one among the most intelligent dog breeds. They are small- or medium-sized Indian home dogs. These dogs are very active, alert, and naturally healthy dogs that are very suitable for extreme weather, like that of the Indian subcontinent. Indian Spitz are very similar to the German Spitz in appearance, and look like a small fox. They are very bright dogs that love to be around family and kids, but do not welcome other pets.
Kanni or Canni is a rare indigenous South Indian dog from Tamil Nadu. Meaning of cane is- maiden, from which they got their name canyon which is now "Kanni". They are tall dogs with naturally cropped ears, long tail, which are very agile, slim, graceful dogs, and moderately built dogs.This breed is a further extension of the Caravan or Mudhol Hound, that was bred for hunting and guarding. Their common colors are, black and tan, the partial white coat on the feet and chest is accepted. The cream-colored Kanni is recognized as “Paalakanni”.
16. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador retrievers are medium-sized, retriever dogs from the gun dog group, native to the Canadian province of Newfoundland, also known Labrador, Lab. They are an intelligent, friendly and playful dogs that make an excellent family companion. Labrador retrievers are a moderate barker, which are good with strangers and other pets, and need average grooming and care. They are one of the most balanced dogs and most suitable pets for family, apartment living.
17. Mudhol Hound
The Mudhol hound is a medium-sized, slender and athletic hound dog, native to Mudhol district of Karnataka state of India. Mudhol hound is an exceptionally loyal Indian hound dog, capable of providing an excellent performance in the field on a consistent basis under gruelling conditions that would decimate most other dogs. Its physical strength couples with great speed and plenty of stamina to allow- it to catch and kill several types of game, from hare to blackbuck, over rough country. This intelligent and keen hunter dog is reserved with strangers and other dogs.
18. Pariah (Desi) Dog
Pariah Dogs are Indian native dogs and are available across country. Now days they are more recognised as INdogs or Desi dogs. They took their names “Pariah” from primitive or ancient dogs. The oldest history of dogs is of ancient primitive dogs, which are also called Pariah dogs, the modern days Pariah and primitive dogs are examples of ancient dogs. It is also believed that indigenous Pariah dogs are the oldest breed of dogs in the world, and they are the one among the naturally healthiest dog breeds that need very less grooming and vet care.
The pug is a small, square-proportioned, compact, wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail, innocent looking dog, native to China. It's a gentle, friendly, and very affectionate dog, which is one of the most reliable dog that get well along with strangers, other pets and kids.
The Rajapalayam is a tall and powerful, Indian Sighthound dog. It looks like miniature Great Dane. This bold, muscular and heavy build dog was used for hunting wild boar and hare. It was the companion dog of the royal family of Southern Indian town Rajapalayam and that's where it gets his name Rajapalayam. They are also known as Polygar hound. During the Carnatic and Polygar War Rajapalayams were very effective and appreciated and from then, they got another name Polygar hound. They do not usually like to be touched or handled by strangers and are known to be one-man dogs.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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