10 Dog Breeds In India That Are Best For Indian Climate

There are many dog breeds in India that you might not be aware of, that are on the verge of their extinction.

Indian dog breeds don’t get the attention that they deserve because of our obsession with foreign breeds.

Most foreign breeds aren’t much capable to withstand the Indian Climate and they get sick very often.

That’s where Indian dog breeds have the advantage because they are very low maintenance and they adapt themselves to the dynamic climatic condition of India.

The life expectancy of these Indian dog breeds are also high in the comparision to foreign breeds

And also they have good immune system and don’t get sick very often.

So, If you are planning to to bring a dog in your home then the suggestion would be to go for an Indian Dog Breed.

So here is the list of best dog breeds in India that you might want to have them as a part of your family.

10 Best Dog Breeds In India [With Price]

1. Indian Spitz

It is an Indian breed dog which is often mistaken as a Pomeranian though both breeds are very different.

It used to be one of the most popular dog breeds in India around 1980-1990 when the import of foreign breeds in India was difficult.

The Indian Spitzs are very active and playful.

They can live in small houses and can also adjust to the heat climate of India because they have thins coats, unlike foreign breeds.

Traits of Indian Spitz & PRICE

Height 36-46 cm
Weight 16-22 kg
Colour Generally In Milky White
Lifespan 15- 20 years
Price 2000- 5000 INR

2. Rajapalyam

It is an Indian breed dog named after a town Rajapalayam near Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu.

These dogs are very aggressive and were also used by the kings of Nayakar Dynasty as they were very helpful in attacking the opponent during the wars.

It is also used as a guard dog for the rice fields, houses and Police.

And for the past few decades, the Indian Army are also using these dogs guard dogs to support them in the borders.

Traits of Rajapalyam & Price

Height 65-75 cm
Weight 16-22 kg
Colour Only In White
Lifespan 15- 20 years
Price 8000- 12000 INR

3. Indian Pariah Dog

The Indian Pariah Dog is considered as one of the oldest dog breeds which are commonly found all over in the South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh.

These dogs are easily trainable and very intelligent than most foreign dogs that people spend so much money on.

The Pariah Dogs do very well with family if you provide them with good socialization and love as a pup.

These dogs have very few health concerns and are perfectly comfortable with the climate of India.

Traits of Indian Pariah Dog & PRICE

Height 52-65 cm
Weight 21-31 kg
Colour Brown, White, Blacks etc.
Lifespan 11- 14 years
Price 2000- 4000 INR

4. Bhakarwal Dog

The Bhakarwal Dog is mainly found in the Panjal Range of India in North India.

The word Bhakarwal came from the word “Bakri” which means goat in Hindi because their original task was to protect goats from wolfs and bears.

An interesting fact about Bhakarwal is that it’s vegetarian, and prefer Milk and Bread over any other food.

Bhakarwal Dogs are very powerful and easily trainable and that’s why they are used by the police to capture the militants.

It looks a the medium version of Tibetan Mastiff.

These breeds are becoming very rare and are on the verge of their extinction.

Traits of Bhakarwal

Height 54-68 cm
Weight 26-38 kg
Colour Black & Tan, Tricolor
Lifespan 12- 15 years
Price 2000- 6000 INR

5. Kanni

Kanni is a rare dog breed from Tamil Nadu. The name “kanni” means pure in tamil which was named for its pure heart and loyalty for their owners.

These breeds are agile and light on their feet while hunting, that’s why they are great hunters.

Kanni dogs are very shy but are always ready to defend their home and their owners if the situation arises.

They are very independent and can survive without much care.

Traits of Kanni

Height 25-29 cm
Weight 16-22 kg
Colour Brown & Black
Lifespan 14- 16 years
Price 5000- 12000 INR

6. Rampur Greyhound

Rampur Greyhound is a breed from Rampur region in Northern Part of India.

These breeds were used for hunting by the kings in ancient times, they run very fast and catch their preys with ease.

It can make an excellent guard dog for home, but they can sometimes be very aggressive with unknowns.

They love human company and are very much affectionate to their owners.

Rampur Dogs are generally very healthy but they can have some health issues which you can read about here.

Traits of Rampur Geryhound

Height 60-75 cm
Weight 27-30 kg
Colour Mouse Grey, Grizzle, Brindle
Lifespan 14- 16 years
Price 4000- 8000 INR

7. Pandikona

This breed is named after the place Pandikona in Andhra Pradesh and is used as guard dogs.

Pandikonas are very intelligent and independent, and they don’t take direction from their owners.

They are known to be territorial even as puppies, which often results in a fight with the unknown dogs which get into their places.

They can be a good companion if they are provided with proper socializing, love and care from their early stage.

Traits of Pandikon

Height 50-66 cm
Weight 24-30 kg
Colour Solid Fawn, Black & White etc.
Lifespan 12- 14 years
Price 2000- 3000 INR

8. Mudhol Hound

The Mudhol Hound is an Indian breed dog which is native to Karnataka, the south part of India.

They are also known as Caravan Hound and Karwani.

The Indian army has used this breed as a guard dog to protect the borders in Kashmir.

They have great stamina, they can hunt games and work in rough conditions.

They are not so friendly and they don’t like being touched by strangers, but with proper care and kindness, they can also be loyal as any other dogs.

Traits of Moudhol Hound

Height 68-72 cm
Weight 22-28 kg
Colour Black, White, Fawn, Chocolate
Lifespan 12- 14 years
Price 8000- 12000 INR

9. Kombai

Kombai is an ancient dog breed native to Tamil Nadu, South India.

They are believed to exist even in the 9th century, that’s how ancient this dog breed is.

This breed is a hunting dog, it’s fighting behaviour is similar to the Lion as it attacks with legs first then neck.

These breeds are very pain tolerant and very aggressive towards strangers.

Kombais are still popular in South India and used as family pets.

Traits of Kombai

Height 25-28 cm
Weight 22-30 kg
Colour Brown
Lifespan 12- 14 years
Price 5000- 9000 INR

10. Bully Dog

Bully dog is a working dog which is popular in the region of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

The word bully derived from the word Bholi which means “heavily wrinkled”.

It was the favourite dog breed of the ruling families in Thanjavur.

Also, the Mughal emperor Akbar had a Bully Dog for hunting purpose.

Bully dogs are very energetic and aggressive and should be only handled by well-experienced owners.

Traits of Bully Dog

Height 82-90 cm
Weight 72-92 kg
Colour White, Black, Fawn & Brindle
Lifespan 8- 12 years
Price 6000- 15000 INR


So, these were the list of dog breeds in India, and I hope after reading this post you might consider having one these.

Most of these dog breeds make great guard dog and will protect your home from threats.

And also they are way cheaper than the most foreign breeds.

They are best pick for you without a doubt.

So, tell me which dog breed did you like the most and which one of these are you planning to bring home ?

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