Last Updated on July 3, 2023 by Dr. Ali Shahid
As far back as anyone can remember, dogs have been called man’s best friend. Dogs have traditionally been kept as guards and protectors, but now they are kept as pets. 60% of dog owners have chosen a pet to relieve their feelings of loneliness and boredom rather than feeling lonely or bored. In this article, we will describe the 10 most popular dog breeds in Pakistan.
Pets, especially dogs, are very much loved in Pakistan. Some areas of the country consider them as household guardians. They are the best companions of man during hard times. As such, they are man’s true friends. The excellent sniffing ability of these animals makes them useful for finding lost things.
Besides being playful and faithful, dogs are very active and happy. Despite the dangers and rarities of some of the breeds, they are also adorable and super cute. We have compiled a list of the best dog breeds in Pakistan if you’re looking to have a furry friend or a strong guard.
Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Pakistan
There is no doubt that bully kurtas are the most popular local dog breed in Pakistan. Originally from Sindh and Punjab, this breed of dog serves as a guard dog in those areas.
There are brown, black, white, and red parts of their bodies along with red lips and eyes. Their heads and bones are strong, and they have a loose, stretchy coat. They are 24 to 30 inches tall. A reputation of fearsomeness is well-deserved for the Bully Kutta.
They are gigantic, aggressive, and one of the most dangerous dog breeds in Pakistan. Their popularity is largely centered around young men who desire a “macho” image. They are a smart breed of dog that is easy to train.
In Pakistan, it is used in dogfights due to its aggressive nature. The English Bulldog in England is similar to it in many respects. However, the Bully Kutta cannot be trusted by those who lack experience or confidence.
German shepherds rank second in Pakistan’s top breeds. A German Shepherd dog can be described as a wolf-like creature with a strong disposition, loyalty, and a strong sense of loyalty. German Shepherds are so much more than working dogs.
Their original purpose was to herd sheep and protect them from predators. Generally, “saddle” and “blanket” markings are seen across their backs, in tan or black coloring.
White German Shepherds and black German Shepherds are also available. German Shepherds make excellent guard dogs because they are curious and suspicious of strangers.
Labrador retrievers, which are the most popular dogs in the United States and England, rank third in Pakistan. Typical Labrador Retriever characteristics include a dense, short-to-medium-length coat and a wide head.
Dogs of this breed are medium-sized, friendly, and playful. The webbed toes of a lab help it get through muddy puddles, and its otter-tail rudder makes it an excellent swimmer. Furthermore, Labradors are excellent hunting and sporting dogs.
They are easy to adapt to strangers, so they make great guard dogs. Pakistanis like this breed of dog because they are trained to help blind and autistic people.
Despite their small size, pugs are very cute and affectionate. Depending on the color, they may come as silver, fawn, or all black. The Pug breed exhibits human-like characteristics such as surprising, happy, and curious behavior, delighting its guardians for generations.
According to owners, pugs are the best dog breed for families. The pug gets along with kids or adults, alone or in a pack of other puppies, whether they are living in a city or on a farm.
Keeping pugs healthy and trim is essential. When properly cared for, Pugs are just as adorable anywhere, regardless of climate. These loving dogs crave love in return.
5. Doberman Pinscher
In terms of popularity, this breed ranks fifth. The Doberman Pinscher has a sleek, powerful physique and a keen intellect, making it one of dogkind’s very best.
This breed is by far one of the world’s best protection dogs due to its fearlessness and alertness. The sleek body is adorned with rust marks, as well as black, blue, red, and fawn coloration.
A well-trained Doberman on patrol can prevent almost everyone but the dumbest of thieves.
In terms of popularity, Rottweilers stand at no 6 in Pakistan. There were many uses for Rottweiler dogs in Germany, including pulling carts for butchers and herding livestock.
Its short, shiny coat, decorated with rust-colored markings, adds to the impression of imposing strength. Rottie’s effortless walking gait is powered by its heavily muscled hindquarters.
Besides being powerful, strong, alert, quick, and aggressive, Rottweilers are also very intelligent and loyal. In addition to being trendy to keep, this breed is also extremely expensive to maintain.
It prefers meat and protein-rich foods, as it is considered a killer dog. Keeping these animals is expensive due to their usual diet, which consists of meat, eggs, chicken, and other protein-rich foods.
The Poodle ranks seventh among the ten most popular dog breeds in Pakistan. Poodles have unique hair, which makes them stand out from other breeds.
They have a single coat that sheds hardly at all and doesn’t have a double coat. They have a waterproof, insulating coat that acts like a sweater in cold weather.
Poodles are the cutest dog breed in Pakistan. It can live in both apartments and homes with yards because it is adaptable.
You can help them thrive if you provide them with plenty of opportunities to play and exercise outdoors.
8.German Shorthaired Pointers
German Shorthaired Pointers put in a lot of effort and are hard workers, so they thrive on exercise, good training, and a lot of affection. A liver-colored coat or a coat with liver and white patterns are commonly found.
These dogs have friendly and energetic eyes. Known for their power, speed, agility, and endurance, GSPs thrive on long days in the field or the water. Overall, the look is often described as ‘noble’ and ‘aristocratic.
These dogs make great family pets because they are cheerful, trainable, and dependable.
In Pakistan, Schnauzers are the 9th most popular dog breed. They are the most expensive dogs in Pakistan. Their thick beard and brows give them a friendly, human-like appearance.
Three colored patterns can be found on this dense, wiry coat: black and silver, and solid black. A breed of strong farm dogs, they are muscular, fearless, and tough without being aggressive.
Small and trainable, the Miniature Schnauzer is smart, friendly, and capable of adjusting to apartment life and navigating acres of farmland without hesitation. Miniature Schnauzers get along well with other animals and children.
They enjoy vigorous play and are strong puppies. These dogs make good guard dogs, especially when they are at home.
Huskies have big hearts, fluffy bodies, and sometimes funny features around their eyes, which makes them a very appealing breed. In Pakistan as well as around the world, these distinct-looking, strong, gentle dogs have become popular household pets due to their strong nature.
The Siberian Husky has piercing blue eyes, and sometimes they have brown or brownish eyes. Their faces are usually white, and some of their markings are darker, such as brown or black.
Because Siberian Huskies are bred to work, run, and pull continuously all day long, they have a lot of energy.
The fact that they can be independent-minded is surprising given their history as pack dogs. As a result of their high intelligence, friendliness, and energy, they make excellent therapy dogs.
According to the latest survey, an average of 33 percent of participants own dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of owning a dog in Pakistan?
An average dog will cost between 20,000 and 40,000 rupees in a year if you include all expenses, including medical food and pet accessories.
What are the Cheapest dog Breeds in Pakistan?
As my experience as a vet, the cost of a dog can vary depending on various factors such as breed popularity, availability, and demand. However, generally speaking, some of the cheaper dog breeds that you might find here are
- Mixed Breed: Mixed-breed dogs, also known as mongrels or desi dogs, are often available for adoption or purchase at lower prices compared to purebred dogs. These dogs can make wonderful companions and are usually more affordable.
- Pakistani Bully Kutta: The Bully Kutta is a large and powerful breed native to Pakistan. While some Bully Kutta lines can be quite expensive, there are usually more affordable options available if you look for them.
- Pakistani Gull Terr: The Gull Terr, also known as Gull Dong, is another native breed of Pakistan. They are medium-sized, muscular dogs that are often used for guarding purposes. The cost of a Gull Terr is generally lower compared to some other popular breeds.
- Pakistani Mastiff (Bakra): The Pakistani Mastiff, also known as Bakra, is a large and strong breed known for its protective nature. While some bloodlines and show-quality individuals can be expensive, you may find more affordable options for this breed.
What are the small dog breeds in Pakistan?
I have seen several small dog breeds in Pakistan.
- Pomeranian: Pomeranians are small, fluffy dogs known for their vibrant personality and fox-like appearance.
- Maltese: The Maltese is a small toy breed known for its long, silky white coat. They are affectionate and make great companions.
- Shih Tzu: Shih Tzus are small, sturdy dogs with a distinctive flat face and a luxurious coat. They are friendly, playful, and well-suited for apartment living. Shih Tzus can be found in Pakistan as well.
- Chihuahua: Chihuahuas are one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. They have a big personality and are known for their loyalty to their owners.
- Yorkshire Terrier: Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies, are small, energetic dogs with a long, silky coat. They are popular companion dogs.
- Miniature Pinscher: The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin, is a small breed known for its lively and fearless nature. They are energetic and require regular exercise. Miniature Pinschers can be found in Pakistan.
Remember that availability and popularity of specific breeds may vary in different regions of Pakistan. It is important to do thorough research, visit reputable breeders or shelters, and consider the specific needs and characteristics of the breed before bringing a dog into your home. Most of these breeds have been imported from outside.
The appearance and behavior of each breed are explained in a way that is easy to understand. Before buying a dog, however, always consult a veterinarian. We hope you will find this article helpful in finding the right dog for you.
Dr. Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and CEO at provets. He loves to treat animals and has great expertise in veterinary products. Our aim is to provide the best information related to your animal health.