10 Dog Breeds that are ideal for the Indian Climate

When it comes to dogs, climate plays a huge role in their adaptability, health, and overall well-being. But did you know certain dog breeds, that you may want, require a specific weather condition to thrive? 

Specifically, dog breeds like Siberian husky or St. Bernard or Komondor, can’t survive in India due to the scorching hot summers and mouth-drying humidity. 

Are you planning to get a new dog? Or looking for dog breeds that can easily survive in India? Whatever the case may be, in today’s article we will come across 10 dog breeds that are ideal for the Indian climate. Without further ado let’s get started. 

1. Pug

Let’s start the list with a small dog breed, popularly also known as “Vodafone ka kutta”. But this breed is much more than just a brand name, they are one of the smallest dog breeds that are perfectly suitable for the Indian climate. Not only that but they are also considered as the ideal dog breed for Indian families and can easily live in an apartment. 

Originated from China, this dog breed is friendly, charming, playful, docile, and a little stubborn. Pugs are calm and can easily get along with children. 

They are a toy breed and weigh up to 11-16 kgs. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years and are commonly prone to respiratory issues. Furthermore, they are a great option for new dog parents, as they require less grooming and are easy to train. 

2. Golden Retriever 

Here comes one of my favorite dog breeds, they are smart, adorable, obedient, loyal, athletic, and soft biters. Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for families with children as they are caring and compassionate in nature. 

They are medium-large size dog breeds and can weigh up to 25-35kgs. They are easy to train, require regular vigorous exercise and brain stimulation.

Not only that, but they have a beautiful dense coat that has a straight or wavy outer coat, along with a short inter-coat. Constant grooming is required to maintain a healthy and shiny coat.

As a pet parent, you need to be extra cautious during the hot summers and provide them cold treats to cool down. 

Apart from that, providing them with good quality high protein food is necessary. They have a life expectancy of 10-12 years and easily thrive in India. 

3. Dachshund

Dachshunds are well known for their ever-alert expression and high energy. Don’t be fooled by their size; they are extremely active and aggressive. Excessive barking can be a huge problem but with consistency and patience, they can be trained and kept under control. 

Dachshunds are a hunting breed, and they tend to kill small birds and animals. So be prepared to find small gifts from your paw friend. 

They are great watchdogs, highly alert, and courageous. Not only that, but they also love digging and playing. You can find them in different colors like black, tan, cream, brown, blue and red. They have a life expectancy of 12-16 years and are suitable for Indian weather conditions. 

4. Labrador 

Breed by the fisherman from the Labrador Sea, this dog breed loves swimming and fishing. They earned their respect as the best fishermen’s helpers: carrying nets, picking up fish, and pulling ropes.

This dog never stops running as it is blessed with strong legs and good stamina. They are extremely curious, playful, intelligent, kind, agile, trustworthy, and gentle. Labs are even-tempered and patient, which makes them great family dogs that don’t pose a threat to children. 

They have a soft mouth which makes them good carriers, they can carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it. Labradors are a common sight in India and can easily survive in India.

They have a life expectancy of 10-12 years and face health issues like joint problems, hip dysplasia, etc. 

If you are opting for this gentle giant make sure you have the time and energy to provide it with regular vigorous exercise. 

5. Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz is a dog that’s often mistaken as a Pomeranians, even though both breeds are completely different. As the name suggests it’s an Indian breed, making it ideal to survive in India.

It became one of the most popular breeds in India around 1980-1990 when importing foreign breeds was difficult.

Indian Spitz gained its popularity in India from the movie “hum aapke hai kaun” for the amazing role of “tuffy”. The movie portrayed this character to be highly intelligent, loving, and alert, which in fact is all true.

Training an Indian Spitz is easy as they are quick learners and amaze people with their tricks. They have a thin coat and adjust to the heat climate of India.

If you’re looking for an intelligent and playful family dog that easily adapts according to your lifestyle then Indian Spitz is your answer. 

6. Beagle

Beagles have slowly gained their popularity and are becoming increasingly common in urban homes. They are a good choice for a family with children as they are tolerant and cheerful. 

They are well known for their super scent power and stubborn nature. It is a small breed with beautiful hazel eyes, droopy ears, and an adorable nose.

But don’t be fooled by their innocent appearance, they are intelligent, amiable, even-tempered, stubborn in a playful manner, and curious.

They have a great sense of smell and this ability fuels their curious nature. You can not unleash a beagle until the area is fenced, or they could pick up a scent and may go exploring.

They are excellent watchdogs and are instinctively protective of their owners. 

They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years and are available in tricolor or a combination of white, brown, and black. 

7. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a powerful, beautiful, loyal, trustworthy, wolf-like dog. They are extremely famous in India and are commonly spotted on the streets. They are a great choice for experienced dog owners.

They have a life expectancy of 9-13 years and can weigh up to 30-40kgs. Furthermore, they are available in different colors like tan with saddle, solid black, and sable. 

They are highly intelligent and docile. Not only that, but they need to be trained well and taught self-discipline.

Likewise, they will put their lives at stake for their family’s safety and security. This makes them an ideal guard dog, and they can easily survive in India. 

8. Rottweiler

If you’re looking for a fierce and affectionate dog breed then Rottweiler is the ideal choice for you. Rottweiler looks like a perfect mixture of PitBull and German Shepherd. They can be adorable or dangerous,  if not trained well. 

They are well known for their tremendous strength, power, and loyalty. One of the great features of a Rottweiler is their intelligence. E.g. a Rottweiler will obey your commands but soon will find an easy way of doing it. 

Despite having a short coat they do shed heavily during spring and fall. Rottweilers might need additional care during the hot Indian summers, but they can easily adapt and thrive in India. 

9. Pariah 

Indian Pariah is born and brought up in India, according to the Indian food, climate, and conditions. This breed wins in the case of surviving in India as they are one of the fittest breeds when it comes to mind and immunity. 

They belong to the hound dog group, and they have a longevity of 13-14 years. Can easily weigh up to 15 to 30 kg and can stand at a height of 20 to 25 inches. 

Pariahs are easy to train, loyal, friendly, and intelligent. They have great adaptability skills and can adjust to any space and environment. They can live in an apartment with low maintenance. 

11. Dalmatian

Dalmatians are very charming, sweet, independent, and strong. They look sleek and are quite athletic. One feature that we all know about this breed is its beautiful appearance.

They have a unique black and white coat. Interestingly enough they not only have spots on their body but also inside their mouth. 

Dalmatians were trained for hunting, athletic circus, and firehouse dogs. Currently, they are used as guard dogs and sweet family dogs. They are playful, gentle, protective, non-aggressive, and social.

Furthermore, they are patient and generally good with children.

They are one of the best dog breeds for Indian weather conditions and are suitable for warmer regions. 

Also read: Expenses of Raising a Dog in India


Finally, we have finished our long list of the top 10 Dog breeds that can survive in India. You can opt for any of these dogs to be your pet.

They all are great options for a good companion and family dog. I hope you guys found this article helpful and find the right furry friend according to your needs. 

Isha has been a Dog Lover her entire life and has owned many dogs over the years. Her immense experience of raising and training dogs has helped thousands of dog owners take better care of their dogs.

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