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Dog Breeds in India

When you are looking for a devoted, loving, and protective member for your
extended family, the price is secondary. But paying more won’t necessarily get
you a better dog. Many excellent dogs are available at low prices. You can
also save a great deal by adopting a dog.

You need to consider other factors before making your choice: the dog’s health
issues, its suitability for your environment, and its grooming and training

Even to dog lovers who are ready to spend a lot to get a pure pedigree breed
of their choice, cost will be a factor. Pure-breed or rare dogs are usually
expensive; recently a Tibetan mastiff was sold in China for $2 million. Here
is a list of the most expensive dogs in India.

Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in India

  1. Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier
  2. English Mastiff
  3. Tibetan Mastiff
  4. Alaskan Malamute
  5. Newfoundland
  6. Akita Inu
  7. Caucasian Mountain Shepherd
  8. Afghan Hound
  9. Boerboel
  10. Maltese

Maltese dog

Maltese dog


10. Maltese

The Maltese is a small, gentle and fearless dog, originating from the
Mediterranean island nation of Malta. The Maltese is descended from a Spitz-
type dog of prehistoric Swiss lake dwellers. The breed standard for this dog
is very precise: dogs must have a black nose of button shape and brown eyes,
and only a white color is accepted, though a pale ivory tinge is permitted on
the ears.

The Maltese was bred to be a companion and family dog. This dog is extremely
lively, playful, and intelligent. This breed is very affectionate and can
suffer from separation anxiety. The Maltese dog has no undercoat, so shedding
is not a concern if the dog is cared for properly.

  • Price in India: INR 50000–125000
  • *Origin* : Mediterranean Basin
  • *Weight:* Male: 3–4 kg; female: 3–4 kg
  • *Height:* Male: 21–25 cm; female: 20–23 cm
  • *Temperament:* Lively, playful, easygoing, gentle, docile
  • *Life span:* 12–15 years




9. Boerboel

The boerboel is a big, strong and intelligent working dog from South Africa.
The boerboel is also called South African boerboel, or South African mastiff.
This is a strong, well balanced and muscular dog that has short, broad, square
and muscular cheeks. It has a wide and strong black muzzle.

Though it has a ferocious look, it is a very reliable, obedient, loving and
intelligent dog that always tries to keep his master happy. The boerboel is
fearless, alert and very active by nature and thus a good watch dog. This
breed is rarely available in India and is quite expensive.

  • Price in India: INR 125000–225000
  • *Origin:* South Africa
  • *Height:* 60 to 70 cm (24 to 28 in)
  • *Weight:* 50 to 100 kg (110 to 220 lbs)
  • *Temperament* : Playful, lively, intelligent, fearless, dominant, protective
  • *Life Span* : about 10-12 years

Afghan hound

Afghan hound

8. Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds are beautiful dogs, having long silky hair and and large feet
and ears. Their proud posture makes them appear noble, striking and glamorous.
They were bred from greyhounds to chase and hunt hares and gazelle, and they
are very athletic. The Afghan hound was bred in Afghanistan to chase down game
over rough ground in a hot, dry environment.

They need consistent stretches and a long walk or run. They are aloof and
don’t welcome other pets or strangers. They do not like guests to touch them.

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Afghan hound

Afghan hound


  • Price in India: INR 150000–400000
  • Origin: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
  • Height: Male: 68–74 cm; female: 60–69 cm
  • Temperament : Aloof, clownish, happy, dignified, independent
  • Life Span: 12–14 years

Caucasian Mountain Shepherd Dog

Caucasian Mountain Shepherd Dog


7. Caucasian Mountain Shepherd

The Caucasian shepherd is a tall, large and broad-headed, hairy and giant dog,
developed from the Molosser family of Caucasian mountain dogs, which have
nomadic nature. This breed is also called Caucasian ovcharka, Caucasian
mountain dog, Circassian sheepdog, or Armenian khobun dog.

Caucasian shepherds were bred by herders to protect livestock and flocks. The
typical Caucasian Ovcharka is assertive, strong-willed and courageous. It an
aloof and reserved dog that does not accept strangers and guests. It is very
protective of its family, including children, cats, and other dogs, etc. Its
first official show-ring appearance outside the Caucasus was in the 1930s in
Germany, and it is now registered with most kennel clubs.

  • Price in India: INR 150000–300000
  • Origin: Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
  • Weight: Male: 70 kg (154 lb); female: 45 kg (99 lb)
  • Height : Male: 68–75 cm (27–30 in); female: 64–70 cm (25–28 in)
  • Temperament : Protective, intelligent, powerful, strong-willed, courageous
  • Life Span : About 10-11 years

Tiger Meets Caucasian Ovcharka

Akita Inu

Akita Inu


6. Akita Inu

The Akita is a large and powerful dog which is always ready to accept a
challenge. That makes it a fearless and loyal guardian of its family and an
excellent watchdog. It was created for hunting wild boar, black bear, and

The Akita is separated into two different categories: the original Akita
(Akita Inu) which originated in Japan, and the other one from America.
Japanese Akitas are bigger in size and are only allowed in certain colors. The
American Akita doesn’t have color restrictions.

  • Price in India: INR 150000 – 400000
  • *Origin:* Japan
  • *Height* : Male: 66–71 cm; female: 61–66 cm
  • *Weight:* Male: 45–59 kg; female: 32–45 kg
  • *Temperament:* Quiet, alert, friendly, responsive, strong, courageous

Newfoundland dog

Newfoundland dog


5. Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a large working dog from the coast of Newfoundland. It is
acknowledged as one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. According
to the breed standard, only black and white and black colors are recognised.
Though chocolate and brown colors are very common, they are not accepted as
breed standard in Canada or by any major kennel clubs.

This dog is known for its massive build and power. A Newfoundland is strong
enough to drag a drowning man from a stormy sea. They have a dense, water-
resistant, long outer coat that protects them in the water. This breed is
admired for its friendliness toward humans.

  • Price in India: INR 200000–350000
  • Origin: Coast of Newfoundland
  • Weight: Male 60–70 kg (32–154 lb); female: 45–55 kg (100–121 lb)
  • Height: Male: 75 cm (30 in); female: 68 cm (27 in)
  • Life span: 8–10 years

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute


4. Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan malamutes are giant and powerful dogs bred for hauling freight and
pulling sleds. This breed is not suitable for hot weather or apartment living.
They love outdoor activities and are a great watchdog. They are calm and
friendly by nature, but very aggressive to other dogs of the same sex. Even
two malamutes of the same sex are not recommended to be kept together. This
breed is not recommended for a weak or inexperienced owner; they have a very
strong tendency to compete for pack leadership.

  • Price in India: INR 200000–350000
  • Origin: Alaskan region
  • Height : Male: 61–66 cm; female: 56–61 cm
  • Weight: Male: 36–43 kg; female: 32–38 kg
  • Temperament : Friendly, powerful, dominant, clever, loyal

Alaskan Malamute



3. Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan mastiff is a large mountain dog from the Himalayan region. It
originated with nomadic cultures of Tibet, Nepal, India and China as a guard
dog for property and livestock. This is a stubborn, dominant. and strong-
willed dog, with a reserved temperament, aloof with strangers and guests. Even
though it’s an intelligent and protective dog it needs a firm owner and early
socialization. A Tibetan mastiff rarely welcomes other dogs or pets in his
territory. This breed is well admired for its courage and aggressive nature.
Two Tibetan mastiffs can take down a lion or tiger.

The Tibetan mastiff is one of the most costly breeds in the world. Recently a
Tibetan mastiff was sold in China for $2 million (~INR 12500000). However, in
India, Tibetan mastiffs are quite low-priced, because of their native
availability and the presence of similar local breeds like Indian mastiff,
Himachali gaddi, and Bhutia dog.

  • Price in India: INR 200000–500000
  • Origin: Tibet
  • Height: Male: 66–76 cm; female: 61–71 cm
  • Weight : Male: 45.4–72.6 kg; female: 34–54.4 kg
  • Temperament : Stubborn, dominant, strong-willed, loyal, intelligent, courageous

English Mastiff

English Mastiff


2. English Mastiff

The English mastiff is a giant, gentle dog with a massive head, a black mask,
and a silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn coat. Though it originated in England
for use as a ferocious war dog, currently English mastiffs are recognized
today loyal, gentle dogs with a loving nature.

The English mastiff is protective of its owner and family. It has a very
powerful bite and loud bark. But it rarely bites and barks only when
necessary. It has a tendency to growl like a wolf. Like most other Molosser-
type dogs, the English mastiff drools and snores. The English mastiff is
admired for its caring and loving nature with children and welcoming attitude
towards other small pets.

  • Price in India: INR 500000–1000000
  • Origin: England
  • Weight : Male: 72.6–104.3 kg; female: 54.4–77.1 kg
  • Height: Male: 70–91 cm; female: 70–91 cm,
  • Temperament: Protective, good-natured, calm, courageous, dignified, affectionate

Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier

Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier


1. Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier

The American pit bull terrier is a medium-sized muscular dog in the Molosser
group, originating from England and Ireland. They are strong, well-built, and
courageous dogs, with enormous stamina and a powerful bite. But they are good
with children, and very loyal and protective of their owners. Basically, they
were bred for bull baiting and to guard farms. They excel in weight pulling,
high jumping and chasing games, and they do well in obedience training.

  • Price in India: INR 75000–1500000
  • Origin: United Kingdom, Ireland
  • Mass: 16–30 kg (adult male)
  • Height: 50 cm (adult)
  • Temperament: Strong-willed, obedient, loyal, friendly, clownish, stubborn, courageous, aggressive, intelligent, affectionate

Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier

Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier


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Adeniyi Abel on July 28, 2020:

Cute Dog

Benizakura on May 29, 2020:

I love Mastiff

Bishayan paul on May 08, 2020:


Siya Taneja on March 11, 2020:

I really love ❤️ lahasa Apso and shitzu

Vaishnavi Singh on February 20, 2020:

I am from India. I just love Maltese and of course a Caucasian mountain

Zainab on February 14, 2020:

This dog is cute not ugly

Ila on February 02, 2020:

I want a golden retrievers

Shanti ji on November 13, 2019:

I just realy love bichon frise any where awailable then plz reply

Deepak Naudiyal on June 22, 2019:

Currently i owned a rottweiler n i like him.

Philip Bukoski on June 07, 2019:

I am currently owned by a loving,dedicated English Mastiff.

Mini on March 12, 2019:

Thanks Micky

ARADHYA (author) on March 10, 2019:

Sorry mere pass sale karane ke liye dogs nahi hain

Ram Charan fan ikkad on March 05, 2019:

I like all the pets especially those which are powerful like police and guard

Kittycatkin on December 11, 2018:

I like Maltese terriers 🙂

I don’t live in India, but can’t see why one couldn’t live there as long as
you kept its hair short in summer. Don’t have one with that really long hair,
unless you want to brush it every day.

Just remember that although they are cuddly and sweet, they are still terriers
and very territorial. Mine is fiercely protective of mother. As I write, he is
cuddled between me and the back of the sofa.

I love Maltese terriers and Irish wolfhounds. My Maltese stole my heart the
first time I saw him, and won’t give it back.

G VINAY KUMAR on November 01, 2018:

I love pit bull

ritik on August 10, 2018:

i want a puppy of doberman pinscher

Prajjaval on June 24, 2018:

I like indigenous mastiff very much at what rate I should buy it please tell
fast ?

Vedang on May 25, 2018:

I like german shepherd top I like dog very much

Gabe on May 07, 2018:

I wish for a dog

jyothi on April 17, 2018:

alaskan malamute i want u but i cant buy u its 500000…….. but i will get u
in future

Albina Abraham on April 13, 2018:

There are only few things in my life That i can feel special about…….

The mobement i saw him ….i knew i want him to belong to me…..

But the rate 500000…..

Alaskan malamute… U stole my self i want u ill get u……

nikhil on February 22, 2018:

I like lebra dogs

Krishma rathore on February 20, 2018:

Thank you . Can you please tell me can meltese dog live in
India,Rajasthan,jodhpur I love this breed

Hemant on February 12, 2018:

Nice dog but Alaskan malamute very harmful and quite.

ARADHYA (author) on January 30, 2018:

Alaskan malamute are very rare in India. The similar dogs like Russian
Ovecharka and somewhat similar Newfoundland dogs are yet rare but available.

Sanjay kharb on January 28, 2018:

I need Alaskan malamute plea provide me

ARADHYA (author) on December 23, 2017:

Both the dogs Newfoundland and Saint Bernards are adorable and devoted breeds.
Boston Terriers are are protective hope you have good experience with them. As
you have good experience – can you tell us, which dog shed less Newfoundland
or Saint Bernard?

Barbara on December 22, 2017:

I have owned two Newfoundland dogs, 3 Saint Bernards and one Boston Terrier in
my lifetime. The Newfoundlands have been the best dogs ever. They’re smart
intelligent protective and loving.

This Boston Terrier of my later years, is smart, intelligent, loving and

My Saint Bernards were gentle,extremely protective, drooled and shed hair
everywhere . LOL.

My best love of all of them was a female Newfoundland by the name of precious.
we were able to love her for 13 years. She gave us her heart and her soul.
When she died she took a big portion of my heart away.

ARADHYA (author) on November 09, 2017:

@Prabal Ghosh

Depends to climate and health/vet care.

climate: Basically they are native from Siberian region and most suitable for
colder climate, though they do well in average hot weather ..


Colder region: 11-14 years

Extream climate: 10 – 12 years

Prabal Ghosh on November 07, 2017:

What is the avarage life span of Alaskan Malamute

ARADHYA (author) on November 02, 2017:

@ Muskan,

1: Alaskan Malamute are only suitable in cold weather (Can be kept around
Himalayan region).

2: Alaskan Malamute are very rare in India, but somehow similar dogs (Siberian
Husky) is common and easily available in most of the Indian metros..

Muskan on November 02, 2017:

I need an Alaskan Malamute puppy

ARADHYA (author) on July 16, 2016:

Thanks Thumbi7!

JR Krishna from India on September 04, 2015:

A lot of useful information.

The price ranges for good breeds are really high.

Thanks for sharing