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Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds In India

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It has always been an exciting experience to own a dog as a pet. That’s not only because they provide protection and they are man’s best friend. Also they come with you for a walk, play with kids and keep him lively. Thus we wish to see our dog in list of the most popular breeds. Though all the dogs are excellent, but some had got more attention and are more popular. Let Know the top 10 most popular dog breeds in India in 2015.



10. Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel is a lively, sporty and compactly build gun dog from England. Cocker Spaniel is primarily a beloved companion dog breed, but nowadays Cocker spaniel is the smallest fellow of American Kennel Club Sporting Group.


Cocker Spaniel has happy and active nature that make him a great choice. This dog will always have go to please you, it’s eager and happy to hang on to their owners. Cocker spaniels are categorized in two segments, "working" Cockers and "show" Cockers. The show types have longer coats than the field/working types. This is an average barkers, and very intelligent dog that has higher energy level and need adequate exercise and running. Cocker Spaniel’s temperament depend how the owner treat the dog and how much and what type of exercise was provided, The Cocker always to be measured more tiered more happy dog.

Cocker spaniel’s has long hairy ears are attractive and springs pretty appearance, But Cocker spaniels are prone to ear infections. Also has a tendency to overeat so you need to be careful to feed him. Cocker spaniel is gaining popularity in India.

9. Great Dane

Great Dane is world’s largest and tallest dog from Germany. This is also known as Deutsche Dogge, or German mastiff. The world record holder tallest dog was a Great Dane called Zeus. That measured 112 cm (44 in) from paw to shoulder, normal height for Great Dane is 76–86 cm. Though it has large size and well-built, but by nature it’s a friendly dog and acknowledged for seeking affection from its owner.

Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Dane is an intelligent, faithful and lively dog. But if required it is a great warrior, two Great Danes can take down a tiger or leopard. It’s a quick learner and happy to learn and obey the commands. It will always try to and please his owner and seeks attention. Great Dane is a reliable and respectful family guard dog and a good companion dog. Commonly Great Dane is calm and friendly dog but can be aggressive towards other dogs.

8. Doberman

Doberman’s is an excellent dog. Which was originated by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann in Germany. Doberman is the first dog breed, who got his breed name from his originator. Doberman is one among the most admired dog for protection and its extra ordinary Sixth Sense."
Doberman is one of the steadiest dog that has about all decent and desired merits. It’s very affectionate and caring and devoted to its family. Doberman is well recognized for detection competence, which know his responsibilities and is a quick learner. Also they are an alert, athletic aggressive on need dogs that excel in speed and stamina and is a fearless, alert and guard dog. In spite of all these boundless qualities it has reduced popularity in recent, in India. Doberman need moderate exercise and daily long walk or running. If not getting sufficient exercise they may become determined also, it’s generally aggressive towards other pets (especially to other dog). Doberman is dominant dog and has tough pack leader bent that require early socialization, training and a firm owner.


7. Pug

Pug are the small dog of toy breed with wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. They are one of the oldest known breed, Even their origin is a controversial discussion. But most breeders and researchers believe they are basically from Asia and descended from short-haired Pekingese.

Pug got too of late promotion in India, when Vodafone advertisement brought them in publicity. That make them a fashion and status icon. They are top choice for Indian girls and considered as an ideal pet for apartment living families or with young kids.

Pugs are extremely calm and easy to keep. They do well with little exercise and require average maintenance. Though Pugs are not suitable for extreme climate especially for hot or moist weather and also they catch colds easily. Pugs are very friendly, calm dog who are rarely aggressive. They are one among most popular and desired dog breed in India.


6. Boxer

Boxer is a medium sized, Muscular and sturdy dog from Germany. This dog is acknowledged for its devotion and fortification to family and got recognized as one among best guard dog.Boxer is very loyal, alert and it has better hearing influence than other dogs. Boxer got its name “BOXER” because, it uses front paw more habitually at play and appearance like a boxer.

Boxer has almost all that qualities to be recognized as best companion and guard dog. Boxer is easily trainable and fairly reliable with children’s, this dog is very kind,caring and protecting to small kids as anticipated. But If needed then, Boxer can be very furious and protective. It has square muzzle and strong jaws which stretches profound bite. This breed is very energetic, playful and family oriented but need early socialization an obedience training otherwise it has slight inclination to be stubborn and willful.

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Tough this breed was very popular and demanded in America, European countries. But it started gaining popularity and recognition, off late in India.Earlier it was mistaken as an aggressive and determined breed. But lately it gained confidence and popularity, now days its very admired and popular dog in India.


5: The Rottweiler

Rottweiler dogs were bred in Germany for herding livestock and pull carts for farmers and butchers, which reflected in their broad chest and powerful muzzle. Thus they were also known as were known as "Rottweil butchers” dogs. They are large and powerful dog with very strong jaw and very high bite power.


Rottweilers are considered as one of the best guard Dogs and in India they had acknowledged a mistaken perception, that they are violent and aggressive dog and are not suitable for family and with kids.

Though they are not among the best family dog but they are good calm and assertive companion dogs. Some breeders’ has assertions that they differentiate between his mater and family members and are bit aloof with kids and other family members. They are reserved with strangers and doesn’t like other pets in their territory. Also they have strong pack leader tendency and need training at early stage. Rottweiler dogs are most successful in police, military, and rescue work and has received high repute as a family protection dog.

4: Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever is a Medium to large-sized dog. This dog is well known for its excellent obedience standard and admired as an extraordinary pet for family. Golden Retriever was bred for retrieve shot fresh water birds like duck. Though this is a hairy dog but it has dense and water resistant crimped outer coat that help them during water sports. Golden Retriever love water sports and also it’s a great athlete.


Golden Retriever has advanced obedience, friendly and tolerant nature. Additionally it’s an intelligent, loyal and great assistance dog. That make them an ideal and most desired dog. They need regular exercise and care. Only drawback they have, they shed heavily during season change, particularly in warm climate extents. Though it’s fourth most popular and desired dog in India.

3: German Shepherd

German shepherds are large-size dog from working category, which were originated in Germany. They were bred for sheep herding. But now days they are the symbol of Police, military dog and are well reputed as rescue and watch dog and known as GSD. They are acknowledged for herding, search and rescue, drug detection and competitive obedience. Also they are greatly known for their smell and detection capabilities.

German shepherds are quick, loyal, courageous, well-built and alert dog, which make them most an ideal and top demanded. Though they are not favourite for weak owner or who doesn’t have sufficient time to dedicate. They are suggested for experienced and firm owners, because GSD have separation anxiety and pack leader quality. They need attention and regular exercise. German shepherds are the third most popular dogs in India.


2. Indian Pariah Dog Or Pi-Dog

Pariah are ancient dogs, Which were domesticated from wolves in India. They are naturally healthy, extremely intelligent and courageous dogs. Pariah are also popular as pi-dogs or primitive dogs. Though their clear history is not available but it’s considered that they were one among very first domesticated dogs.


Their lineages include Israel’s Canaan, New Guinea Singing Dog and African Basenji dogs and they are the ancestors of Australian Dingoes, who were bought by sea fares to Australia. Pariah are very intelligent, alert and protective dogs through independent thinking and make an exceptional watch dog. Also these dogs are very tough and self-motivated and need list grooming and least vet care. They are quick learners and most suitable for extreme climate of Indian sub continents and are very moderate eaters and self-balanced dogs that make them a most suitable and desired pet in India .

1. Labrador Retriver

The Labrador retriever is top desired dog, in all over the world. They are most favourite dogs in India and are first choice for Indian families having young kids. Labrador retrievers are also known as ‘LAB’. Basically Labs were originated from Newfoundland to help fisherman in fishing. And collect fishes, put them in nets and help hunters to retrieve game

Their calm, friendly, intelligent and jovial personality make them one of the best suitable breed for family. Also they are excessive as assistant dog for handicapped and for search and rescue operations. Labs need average grooming and collaborate well with climate. They have kind and lively nature and are reliable with young children, that make them highly admired and top desired dog breed.

Fawn Color Labrador

Fawn Color Labrador


Top 10 Most Demanded Indian Dogs

Yellow lab and baby [Why Labs are most preferred family pet].

© 2015 Aaradhya


Aaradhya (author) on September 25, 2020:

Thank you very much!

drkuldipmengi from Kotkapura on September 21, 2020:

Aradhya i appericiate your good work on indian dogs breed.

Aaradhya (author) on September 02, 2015:

Hi Mark, Thanks again!

In India, people are more crazy German dogs, Which you can notice in list. Pariah are second most demanded in India. Only Indian breed though you can say, recently "Rajapalayam - an local Indian breed"got attention and are more demanded than St. Bernard and Dalmatians.

Fila Brasileiro are available in India also, but they very costly. Say 5-10 times more than LAB or GSD.

Mark dos Anjos DVM from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 26, 2015:

Hi Santosh I enjoyed your list. It is good to see that the Pariah dog made the list. We have a similar list in Brasil and only one national breed, the Fila Brasileiro, is among the most popular breeds here. Almost all breeds from Europe, with a lot of changes--like the Pitbull, which is similar to the breed as it exists in the US.

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