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The most common breeds in Delhi include the Alsatian, Labrador, Boxer, Dalmatian, Pomeranian, Spitz, Lhasa Apso etc. On this page we discuss the pro's and con's of keeping them. Dr Unny provides a rating  of one to five stars as to how they suit Delhi.
* Poor              **OK                ***Satisfactory        ****Good    ***** Excellent
   

Alsatian or German Shepherd: An all time favourite that is the ideal guard and family dog. Needs a fair amount of space and care and is rather delicate in our hot Delhi climate. Prone to ear and skin infections. As a dog is unparalled in loyalty and is easily trainable.  Rating: * * * *.   http://www.akc.org/breeds/german_shepherd_dog/index.cfm

 

Labrador: One of Dr Unny's favorite breeds and is a docile animal ideal for homes with small children. It rarely bites, in fact it rarely barks too much and is safe with naughty kids. Not a good guard but a good source of emotional support. Prone to obesity. Grooming is minimal but exercise needs to be more. Rating: * * * * *. http://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/index.cfm

 

Boxer: One of the all time greats, ideal for homes and security. A very hardy breed that tends to drool in hot climates. Very easy to maintain and look after. Not Vicious but a good security asset. Grooming is minimal but needs lots of exercise. Hardly prone to any major ailment. Rating: * * * * *.  http://www.akc.org/breeds/boxer/index.cfm

 

Dalmatian: Ideal for city life but needs firm handling as a pup. Prone to skin allergies and also bladder stones. Needs exercise and very little grooming. A good guard that can be stubborn at times. Prone to Deafness which is congenital. Most Dalmatians Dr Unny has seen in Delhi have skin ailments. Rating: * * *.  http://www.akc.org/breeds/dalmatian/index.cfm

 

Doberman: An excellent guard and in the hands of an experienced dog owner is an asset. Will thrive best in large open areas but can manage in small apartments. Has lost popularity in Delhi in the last few years due to extensive inbreeding. Tends to need loads of exercise, minimal grooming and not a fussy eater. Rating: * * *.  http://www.akc.org/breeds/doberman_pinscher/index.cfm

 

Rottweiler: Another top choice guard for large homes. Not suited to live in apartments. Be careful in getting these dogs in homes with very small children. Not a first choice for the novice dog handler. Needs little grooming but lots of exercise. An untrained Rottweiler can be a liability. Rating: * *.  http://www.akc.org/breeds/rottweiler/index.cfm

 

Great Dane: A majestic giant that is one of Dr Unny's favourites. It has an even temper, easy to maintain, needs little training, is safe with children and is not a fussy eater. Prone to bloat and skin ailments. Still a top Choice for large homes with manpower to provide exercise and food. Rating: * * * * *. http://www.akc.org/breeds/great_dane/index.cfm 

 

Daschund: A guard family dog that needs little grooming and is not suited for high rises without lifts. Prone to back trouble and skin ailments. Minimal grooming needs and lots of free exercise. Not a fussy eater. Rating: * * *. http://www.akc.org/breeds/dachshund/index.cfm

 

Spitz: An all time Delhi favourite that retains popularity due to its cost, minimal care, guarding instincts and cute nature. Not difficult to maintain and is very hardy even in hot climates. Can be temperamental and need lots of grooming. Firm handling will make them good pets. Rating: * * * 1/2*

 

Cocker Spaniel: This adorable creature finds merit in any household. It is a good guard due to its hearing and sense of smell. Needs lots of grooming and care. Prone to skin, ear infections and warts. Minimal exercise and not a fussy eater. Rating: * * * *. http://www.akc.org/breeds/cocker_spaniel/index.cfm

 

Lhasa Apso: A beautiful animal that in Delhi is a pity to see. Hardly 10% of the owners do justice to its beautiful coat. Grooming is extensive, can be a fussy eater and exercise is minimal. Rating: *. http://www.akc.org/breeds/lhasa_apso/index.cfm
 
The site www.akc.org is a virtual encyclopedia for all breed related details. Be sure to check this site out once before you buy any dog.
  
 

Top Choices according To Dr Unny:
 
Guard Dogs:
 
Rottweiler
 
Doberman
 
Alsatian
 
Dalmatian
 
Boxer
 
Spitz ( Ability to bark!)
 
Family Dogs:
 
Labrador
 
Great dane
 
Cocker Spaniel
 
Daschund
 
Golden Retriever
 
Poodle
 
Common Indian Breeds
 
Gaddi
 
Bhutia
 
Himalayan Sheep Dog
 
Rajapalayam
 
Rampur hound
 
Chippiparai
 
Mudhul hound
 

The rating provided here is in accordance to the ease of maintainence in Delhi and the average care the breed needs. It also takes in to account the average kinds of dogs Dr Unny has seen in the last decade or so in Delhi, their ailmments etc. It is only a personal choice based on experience.
 

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