10 Most Popular Dog breeds in India[2020]

When it comes to the joy of owning a pet the first animal that strikes our mind is “Dogs”. They have been friends with human’s for a very long time now. When it comes to dog breeds there are lots of them in the world so I ended up making the list of most popular dog breeds in India.

If you are here just to know about the popular dog breeds without an idea of owning one, then, no problem you can still get to know the information. I have covered about dog breeds along with the data that you need to note before buying a puppy.

Here is the list of Most Popular Dog Breeds in India


Rottweiler Dog breeds in india

It comes as a no surprise why rott/rotty aka the “Rottweiler” made the top spot in the list. Rottweilers are a strong dog which is obedient, confident, devoted and shy free. These dogs require a strong leader who can be an alpha in the dog’s view. They have high energy to spend as they were bred to drive cattle. So it’s vital to provide required exercise for your dog.

People in India love this dog breed for its guarding capabilities and the affection this dog sheds on their owner’s. Although rottweiler behaves well with all the family members it will be more inclined towards one person in the family whom it considers as a leader. Especially, in India, if you are looking out for a dog that has guarding abilities and loves you as much as you love it then rottweilers is your catch.

Height:Male: 24-27inches, Female: 22-25 inches
WeightMale: 95-135 pounds, Female: 80-100 pounds
Life Span:9-10 years
Temperament:Confident, Loyal, Friendly, Good-natured
Colors:Black, Tan, Mahogany
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Rottweilers require training from their early puppyhood as they grow strong and powerful.
  • Rottweilers require socialization from their puppyhood to avoid rude behaviour with other humans and animals.
  • Rottweilers love their family so don’t leave them alone for a long period of time as they will become destructive.
  • Rottweilers require exercise daily to keep them healthy and to avoid behavioural issues.
  • Rottweilers will become overweight if you feed them in excess.

2. Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever famous dog in india

The “Friendly Labs” as we people in India call these dogs. Labrador Retrievers are famous all across the globe and it is no different in India. You may find at least one Labrador in your area in India. Labradors have been the popular dog breeds in India for a very long time such that when someone asks you to think of a cute and friendly dog you primarily think labrador in your mind.

Labrador Retriever is a friendly, intelligent, Agile, even-tempered and an outgoing dog breed. They love you unconditionally and they love everyone. These dogs do good with children and other animals in the house.

Labradors need exercise to stay in shape as they can become fat as they get older and to prevent destructive behaviour. Keep in mind that Labradors are generally friendly dog breeds and don’t expect it to be a guarding dog. Although it can inform you about a new visitor by barking sometimes, these dogs are not known for guarding capacities. Labradors love to play in the water. The reason why people love these dogs in India is that they are cute and friendly.

Height:Male: 22-24 inches, Female: 21-23 inches
WeightMale: 65-80 pounds, Female: 55-70 pounds
Life Span:10-12 years
Temperament:Friendly, Outgoing, Friendly, Good-natured, Intelligent
Colors:Black, Yellow, Chocolate
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Labrador Retrievers love to eat as much as possible so be cautious about how much you feed them as they may become obese.
  • Labrador Retrievers shed a lot so it is important to groom them regularly.
  • Labrador Retrievers is a friendly dog breed don’t buy them for guarding purposes.
  • Labrador Retrievers need lots of exercises as they as bred to active or they might end up obese.

3. German Shepherd

dog breeds in india

German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in India. They are known for their performance in Police and Military operations. These dogs are extremely intelligent, obedient, Alert, loyal confident and most importantly courageous.

German Shepherds are extremely affectionate with their family and would go any extent to protect them. These dogs are very intelligent and it comes handy when you teach them new tricks they learn it quickly compared to other dog breeds. These dogs are excellent watchdogs which mean they are extremely cautious about what’s happening in their surrounding. If a stranger approaches your door then you will probably hear your dog barking to alert you.

The main reason why german shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in India is that they are very courageous and affectionate.

Group:Herding Group
Height:Male: 24-26 inches, Female: 22-24 inches
WeightMale: 65-90 pounds, Female: 50-70 pounds
Life Span:9-13 years
Temperament:Intelligent, Affectionate, Courageous and Alert
Colors:Black, Black and Tan, Sable, Red and Black, Grey, Black and Silver
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • German Shepherds don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time as they may become bored and start being destructive.
  • German Shepherds need lots of mental and physical exercise to stay healthy and happy.
  • German Shepherds do shed a lot so it is recommended to groom them often.
  • These dogs do require a big space to be happy.
  • Socialize these dogs in puppyhood with humans and other animals to avoid aggression and shyness.

4. Pug

Pug dog

Introduced to Indian audience by a telecom provider’s advertisement “Pug” quickly rose to the status of most popular dog breeds in India. In fact, the pug was the first dog breed that I saw way back then with a very different physical appearance.

Wrinkly face, Short muzzled face and curled tail with a clownish behaviour pug never cease to make us laugh. Pugs are classified as a toy breed. They are great companions with clownish nature. You can make them sit on your lap and continue your work.

The reason why pug remains as one of the best dogs is that they are great for an apartment. They do well in medium spaces provided a little exercise is given to them daily. They are good with children and other pets so it won’t be a problem if you have a child in your home.

Group:Toy Group
Height:10-13 inches
Weight14-18 pounds
Life Span:12-15 years
Temperament:Docile, Clever, Stubborn, Playful, Clownish
Colors:Black, Fawn, Silver Fawn
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Pugs do snore. It’s because of its short-muzzled faced.
  • Pugs are known to be stubborn making it difficult to housebreak.
  • Pugs do shed a lot despite having a short coat.
  • Pugs do become obese if overfed so don’t overfeed them.

5. Doberman Pinscher

doberman dog

Doberman the name most people in India are aware. The breed gets its name from its breed developer Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. Bred specifically for guarding purpose. Doberman is highly intelligent, obedient, energetic, fearless, loyal and confident.

Doberman Pinschers have a great guarding tendency they will jump into action if they feel their family is being threatened. There are lots of cases where these dog has sacrificed its life to save owner. They are fearless, I have personally heard that from a family doctor of our’s that his Doberman had killed dozens of snakes to help protect their family.

The reason why Doberman Pinschers are the popular dog breeds in India is that they have ultimate guarding skills, obedient if trained from puppyhood and very affectionate to their family.

One important point to note is that Doberman has a very high biteforce. Doberman Pinschers generally are born with tails and normal ears but it is being docked and cropped later for appearance factors.

Group:Toy Group
Height:Male: 26-28 inches, Female: 24-26 inches
WeightMale: 75-100 pounds, Female: 60-90 pounds
Life Span:10-13 years
Temperament:Intelligent, Clever, Obedient, Fearless, Alert and Energetic
Colors:Black, White, Fawn, Red, Black and Rust, Blue, Fawn and Rust, Red and Rust, Blue and Rust
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Doberman Pinschers require lots of exercises to be happy and to avoid behavioural problems.
  • Doberman Pinschers are sensitive to cold. It has to do with their short coat.
  • Doberman Pinschers needs a strong leader so its important that you establish it.
  • They are family dog it’s not advisable to leave them alone for long periods of time.

6. Great Dane

great dane dog tallest dog breed

Great Danes are one of the “Tallest Dog Breeds” in the world. Great Dane named “Zeus” holds the title for the “tallest Dog in the world”. They are one of the most popular dogs in India. Even though these dogs look majestic and strong they are actually gentle ones.

Great Dane loves to sit on your lap even after they grow to their full size just think about this before buying one for yourself. People love these dogs because these dogs are huge, majestic and yes, of course, seeing them on movies and wanting one. These dogs require proper training from puppyhood and lots of space to roam around due to their extraordinary sizes.

One important thing to note is Great Danes has a shorter life span compared to other dogs. Even though these dogs are huge they are not good guard dogs but their size makes others think the opposite.

Group:Working Group
Height:Male: 30-32 inches, Female: 28-39 inches
WeightMale: 140-175 pounds, Female: 110-140 pounds
Life Span:7-10 years
Temperament:Friendly, Confident, Loving and Gentle
Colors:Black, Fawn, Brindle, Blue, Mantle, Harlequin
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Great Danes are huge before buying one think whether you can handle them.
  • Great Danes requires lots of space if you don’t have a proper place then dog buy them.
  • Great Danes do eat a lot so your bill is going to go up.
  • Give them proper training from puppyhood so that they don’t have any behaviour problems when they grow.

7. Dachshund

famous dog breeds in India Dachshund

A big dog in a small body that would be the correct way to describe these pooches. Dachshund is a hound which means they were bred to hunt animals that hide underground like badgers, rabbits and fox.

Today however dachshunds stay indoors with their family as a companion dog. Dachshunds are very clever, stubborn, playful and courageous.

The reason why Dachshund remains one of the most popular dog breeds in India is because of its small size. They can be kept in a medium-sized space and in the apartment. Even though they are small their bark is loud which makes an intruder think there is a big dog. Dachshunds generally have a long life span.

Dachshunds come in two recognized sizes Standard and Miniature.

Group:Hound Group
Height:Standard: 8-9 inches, Miniature: 5-6 inches
WeightStandard: 16-32 pounds, Miniature: 11 pounds
Life Span:12-16 years
Temperament:Clever, Stubborn, Devoted and Courageous
Colors:Black, Black and Tan, Chocolate and Tan, Chocolate and Cream, Cream, Tan, Blue and Tan
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Dachshunds are stubborn which makes it difficult to housebreak.
  • Dachshunds have a loud bark.
  • Dachshunds can develop spinal problems so avoid making them jump very often.
  • Since they are hounds and are bred to hunt tunnel animals you may find your dachshund hiding under bedsheets and digging mud in your garden.
  • Dachshunds can get obese if overfed.

8.Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are popular dog breeds in India since they were featured in “Pedigree Ads”. They are intelligent, kind, friendly and confident. Golden Retriever has a water-resistant long coat which looks gorgeous if maintained well.

Golden Retriever puppies are literally the definition of cuteness. Children and women love these dogs for their friendly nature and cuteness. These dogs are easy to train and are good watchdogs. They are good with children and other pets.

These dogs require lots of exercise to spend their energy.

Group:Sporting Group
Height:Male: 23-24 inches, Female: 21-22 inches
WeightMale: 65-75 pounds, Female: 55-65 pounds
Life Span:10-12 years
Temperament:Friendly, Kind, Intelligent and confident
Colors:Light Golden, Cream, Dark Golden, Golden
Dog Status
Catches to Note:
  • Golden Retrievers shed a lot so it is recommended you groom them often.
  • Golden Retrievers are not good guard dogs because of their friendly nature.
  • These dogs require lots of exercises daily.
  • Golden Retrievers don’t like being alone it is a family dog.

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9. Boxer

boxer dog breed

Extremely active dog breeds in India. Boxer is kind of like human boxer’s not in a fighting way but on the energy level. They are playful, bright, energetic and loyal.

These dogs can play the entire day without getting tired so if you are planning to buy one make sure you are very active physically. Boxers get along with family very well and are good with children. Boxers are good watchdogs. If your boxer barks there is a good reason behind it you may want to go check out what’s happening.

People love boxers in India because of its playfulness and good nature with family and children.

Group:Working Group
Height:Male: 23-25 inches, Female: 21-23 inches
WeightMale: 65-75 pounds, Female: 55-65 pounds
Life Span:10-12 years
Temperament:Playful, Friendly, Intelligent, Energetic and Loyal
Colors:White, Brindle and Fawn
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Boxers need lots of exercises to stay healthy.
  • Boxers act childish for very long time their maturity kick in later.
  • Boxers love to be with their family all time.
  • Boxers do snore because of their facial structure.

10. Beagle

beagle dog breed

Beagles are known for their hound nature. Beagle is one of the popular and best dog breeds in India. They are calm, friendly and companion dogs.

Beagles have very good scent receptor which takes them where ever scent leads to so keep your gates closed. people love beagle because of their friendly nature and innocent eyes.

These dogs are not known for guarding capacities so don’t buy them if you are expecting it to guard your property. Beagles do bark often.

Group:Hound Group
Height:Male: 23-25 inches, Female: 21-23 inches
WeightMale: 65-75 pounds, Female: 55-65 pounds
Life Span:12-15 years
Temperament:Friendly, Intelligent, Gentle and Even Tempered
Colors:Lemon and White, Tri-color, White and Tan, Chocolate Tri, White and Chocolate
Dog Status
Catches to note:
  • Beagles are difficult to house train.
  • Beagles can become destructive if left alone in home for long time.
  • Beagles do bark often
  • They can wander following the scents so it is important to have gates closed.

Final Catch:

These are the list of most popular dog breeds in India. Apart from above-mentioned dogs, there are also other famous dogs in India like Siberian Husky, Shih Tzu, Kombai, Rajapalayam, Indian Pariah Dog, Bully Kutta. If you think we missed something let us know in the comments.


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