We know dogs as man’s best friends. For this reason, people have been keeping dogs for protection and guarding for ages. However, the modern-day concept of keeping dogs as pets has changed to a greater extent. This is evident from the fact that about 60% of dog owners keep these furry beings to eliminate boredom and loneliness.
Except for a few breeds, dogs are super playful, happy, and active animals. Some breeds look and act dangerously, but others are mostly adorable.
In this article, we will discuss six dog breeds that thrive well and make good pets in Pakistan. You can choose from these dogs to have one by your side.
1. German shepherd
German shepherds are medium to large-sized, active dogs and are most common in Pakistan. These dogs were also known by another name “Alsatian Wolf Dog” in the UK a few decades back.
German shepherds are popular because of their vigilance, obedience, and the ability to act intelligently when the time comes. You can train these dogs according to your requirements.
The male German shepherds come with an average height of 60–65 cm and females with 55–60 cm. Their average lifetime is 9-13 years.
2. Labrador retriever
Labradors are the most popular dog breed due to their friendly and ferocious nature. For this reason, they make perfect guard dogs. Moreover, these dogs are known well for their sporting activities and hunting abilities.
The weight of an average male Labrador is 29–36 kg (65–80 lb) and that of a female lab is 25–32 kg (55–70 lb). Their medium-large size makes them the perfect pets for most families around the globe.
One of the best things about labs is that they can be conveniently trained to help people with visual disabilities, autism, and individuals in wheelchairs. These dogs are the third most popular breed in Pakistan due to their ability to guard people and properties from strangers.
A pug is a small-sized, cute breed that comes in various colors and has thick, soft skin. These amiable dogs quickly become good companions that love to walk by your side wherever you go. They are not among the bothersome breeds that require a special effort for their upkeep, shelter, and food.
One of the reasons many families love to have pugs as pets are that these dogs are not aggressive. This makes them a perfect pet choice for people with children. The average height of these dogs is only 26- 35 cm, and they weigh around 15 pounds. Proper care and feeding can make pugs live for as long as 15 years.
4. Doberman pinscher
This long-muzzled domestic dog is one of the ferocious breeds you can keep at home to guard you and your household. The most defining traits of this dog are its aggression and stubbornness, something you want in a pet you keep to guard your family. These features also make this dog a perfect choice for hunting.
Doberman pinscher is usually around 70cm tall and weighs 40-45 kg. It generally has a muscular, solid appearance without any long fur on its skin. Despite looking like a stubborn creature, this dog can learn its owner pretty quickly. For all these reasons, this breed of dog is quite popular in Pakistan.
Rottweiler dogs were originally known as herder dogs that assisted butchers in taking care of livestock. But in this day and age, these dogs are kept as pets in many parts of the world. This is because these dogs have a natural ability to hunt, protect, and police.
Rottweiler dogs are known for their power, strength, aggression, and ability to act fast when required. These dogs love to eat meat and other high-protein meals. This makes them killer dogs.
Poodles have become increasingly popular in Pakistan due to their cuteness and amiable nature. These dogs have curly fur which makes them cuddlier than other breeds. Due to their small size, these dogs are usually considered indoor pets.
Just as their looks imply, these dogs are not ferocious. However, they are vigilant, friendly, and more active than what people usually perceive of them.
Generally, poodles are 11 to 15 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 70 pounds. The height and weight of poodles may also vary depending on their type. While these dogs do not demand much when it comes to their feed, you surely want to get them their favorite treat to keep them happy.
So, this is it from us. The list of dog breeds that thrive well in Pakistan is long, but these are the most popular ones you can keep as pets. But no matter what breed you select, be sure to get some first-hand information regarding their upkeep and nutrition from a qualified veterinarian. This will help you prevent your pet from getting ill.