Which dog to keep in Pakistan? I know Huskies’ and poodles are sassy, and Doberman is status, but it’s the local breed of Labrador Retriever and German shepherd that beat them all . I’ll tell you why. If you landed at this page looking to see what dog the bounty hunter is up to, you’d be disappointed. Now, about the dogs in Pakistan.
Islam’s teachings about Dogs
“But he adhered to the earth and followed his own desire. So his example is like that of the dog: if you chase him, he pants, or if you leave him, he [still] pants” Surah Al-A’raf, verse 17
“And we turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance.” Surah Al-Kahf, Verse 18 (a fable of the sleeping Ashab- e-Kahf). Three times again in the same verse dogs are mentioned but in reference to the same story.
Now coming to the hadith that says: Sahih Muslim 3814 Prophet Muhammad PBUH ordered the killing of (stray) dogs and then said, “What is the trouble with them (the people of Medina? How dogs are nuisances to them (the citizens of Medina)? He then permitted the keeping of dogs for hunting and (the protection of) herds. …[and for] for the protection of cultivated land.”
You make up your own mind on Which dog to keep in Pakistan and beware of dogma.
Best Dog Breeds for Pakistani Families
German Shepard for the outside
A German shepherd is a guard dog through and through. It is fierce, sober, intelligent, loyal, and serious. The socializing streak has to be inculcated early in its life. You can’t take this dog casually or else it gets frustrated quickly and might snap at someone — especially your mother-in-law. If you personally don’t take the dog out for walks and play, you might find your car scratched or your sofa torn to shreds. On the other hand, it’s gorgeous.
It is better to chose a German Shepard for adult kids and keep it outside most of the time
Labrador for the inside
A Labrador Retriever is a breed of United Kingdom. The purpose of this breed is to retrieve ducks shot by hunters from cold lakes. Webbed feet, otter-like tail, and thick coat are for swimming; not ideal for extreme heat. They come in brown, black and yellow.
A lab adores people. It is a happy, intelligent, funny, friendly dog that just wants to have a good time – all the time. Don’t expect it to guard your premises. It might just even play around with the intruder. When you have kids around and don’t want to work too hard on the dog’s upkeep, a lab is a perfect choice. Just don’t have ducks, chickens or birds around — the retriever instinct is still there.
Labrador are good for families with infant and toddlers kids inside the home.
Both Labrador Retriever and German Sheppard are not fighting dogs. To fight dogs, which is a popular sport in rural Pakistan, bull terrier is preferred.
You have made your choice about Which dog to keep in Pakistan and now comes the how part:
How to keep a Dog
You need to have some open space outside your house for the animal to roam about. Don’t keep it tied down or it gets cranky.
Cost of a Labrador or German Shepard
A 1-2-month-old pup costs Rs 20,000. Forget about the chip implants, they can be doctored.
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You would have to inject vaccines twice in the 1st (Prima), 3rd (BioCan DHPPi), and 20 days after that (BioCan DHPPi). Try going to the Dog center close to you from Google maps.
|Puppy’s Age||Recommended Vaccinations|
|6 – 8 weeks||Distemper, measles, parainfluenza||Bordetella|
|10 – 12 weeks||DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus)||Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease|
|12 – 24 weeks||Rabies||none|
|14 – 16 weeks||DHPP|
|12 – 16 months||Rabies, DHPP||Coronavirus, Leptotspirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease|
|Every 1 – 2 years||DHPP||Coronavirus, Leptotspirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease|
|Every 1 – 3 years||Rabies (as required by law)||none|
What to give them Labrador or German shepherd dog to eat?
The pup’s diet is ‘Nutra Gold’ which comes in a 20 kg bag costing Rs 8000. It is good enough for 4 months.
After this time give it Maxi grow pro breeder (20 Kg bag). You can get them both online on daraz.pk. The amount of food to be given each day is mentioned on the side of the bag. You can supplement it with chapatti twice a day. Don’t give the dog spicy food or dirty water to drink.
You can give the dog boiled chicken meat, without the bones. Bones are prone to get stuck inside the dog and are difficult to dislodge.
Do not give dogs spicy foods or bones with spices attached to them
Lastly, squirt a complete 15ml bottle of Zentil deworming syrup into the dog’s mouth every month to take care of intestinal worms. The dog picks up ticks from your lawn and they are difficult to detect with your naked eye.
A quick hosing down of the dog with liquid soap will bring out these bugs. Spray an anti-tick solution that you can get from the pet shop for Rs 2000 when you see ticks. There are several Dog Grooming and health hospitals in Islamabad and also Dog Hostels or Kennels.
How to make the dog less annoying
You have to take the dog out for a walk every day or else it becomes annoying
Do not forget to train your dog formally. Even Labradors can get pretty irritating when they are not trained to be disciplined. It cost Rs 10,000 for the dog trainer to do the needful. You can thank me later.
Chosing a Dog name
Good dog names are the ones that resonate with you. A name should aptly describe your particular dog. Jumpy, Doggo, Waggy, Jacky, etc are useful names that describe your dog.
I personally don’t keep dog pictures, dog videos, dog sounds, and dog voices on my phone, because there is not enough space, but I do watch dog videos on YouTube – especially Huskies.
If you intend to give up your dog for adoption, do remember that a Labrador or German Sheppard does get heartbroken.
Dogs get traumatized too, just like humans do.
Labrador retriever and German Sheppard have a huge litter that becomes more of a dogpile if you don’t have prospective owners lined up beforehand.
You have to make your choice carefully about Which dog to keep in Pakistan. This information does not work for dog enthusiasts in China and India.
Just remember, a dog would not survive if there isn’t at least one person that really loves keeping one. So, if you don’t like dogs, don’t keep them because they will die due to neglect.
A husky gets too hot in Pakistan, a doberman is too violent, German Shepard to too big for an average household in Pakistan. That makes a Labrador perfect for a small family home.