Rashmi Ranjan

They say, "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." But, understanding the breeds before getting one is what matters the most. Petting a dog is a life-time affair and you need a commitment of love, care and compassion as long as the furry friend is with you.

Here we bring you a list of 10 dogs believed to be best family canines, especially in India:

Labrador Retriever

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Among all the available dog breeds in India, the Labrador Retriever tops the list when it comes to their popularity in the country. The labs are very easy to train and make a good companion with the master and the other family members. High with energy, powered with intelligence and kindness, the breed is one of the most preferred choices for Indians. 

German Shepherd

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If you want to own a dog, both friendly and can guard the territory with an ease, German Shepherd is the perfect breed for you. The dog popularly known as GSD comes in two varieties- Short Coat and Long Coat. While the short coat needs less maintenance, the long coat need regular brushing. Loyal, obedient, watchful and courageous by nature, the breed is often used as guard dogs and for police and military work.

Golden Retriever

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Loved for its golden dense and lush fur, the Golden Retriever is another popular dog breed in Indian houses. With a very pleasing demeanour and compassion for kids, they are one of the best suitable family dogs. 

Siberian Husky

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With the changing trends, the Siberian Huskies are gradually becoming popular in India. Siberian Husky is a working dog. Hence, they need daily exercise. Moreover as they are furry, they need regular grooming. The breed is very active, independent, mischievous, and playful. 



Popularly known as Hutch or Vodafone dog, the Pug is a toy breed canine. With distinct features like sparkling eyes, curly tails, compact size and wrinkly short-muzzled face, the breed is a perfect lap dog you always love to hang up with. The dog is playful and affectionate towards kids.



Compact in size and full with energy, Beagles are good companions. The breed is very cheerful and likes to be around the family members. But being hounds, they can be stubborn at times and need proper training and socialsation.  If left alone, the dog may howl and become destructive.



Popular for dense and lush fur, the dog breed is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Many dog lovers prefer to pet a Spitz as they are very compact in size and look very cute if maintained well. Besides, they need a very small place to fit in family. The breed is best for people staying in apartment. However, people are often confused between Pomeranian and Spitz breeds.



Dachshund, the short-legged and long tail, breed is loved for its unique look. As the breed belongs to hound group, they need proper training. The breed, also known as the wiener dog, is clever, stubborn and devoted to the master.

Saint Bernard

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The breed is a very large working dog and known for its gigantic size. A fully grown Saint Bernard can weigh up to 100 kg and it needs regular grooming. Despite being giant, they justify the word saint with their gentle and calm temperament. They were originally bred for rescue work in the Alps using their sense of smell. If you are planning to get a Saint Bernard, ensure you have an ample of space for them. 

Great Dane

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Great Dane, commonly referred to as gentle giant and mystery solving dog in popular cartoon show Scooby Doo, is a very large-sized dog and can grow as tall as 90 cm. Despite their huge size, they are calm, composed and devoted to their masters. Moreover, they love being with kids. They need less grooming but a large place to fit in.

Disclaimer: The list of dogs mentioned-above has been made taking into account opinion of people and popular belief. The particular piece is not meant to either grade or demean any breed of dog.