Even though nature seems highly disorientated to our logical mind, it is a highly sophisticated and intelligent system, which enables certain animals to adapt and survive in specific climate conditions. That’s the reason why in the past, each region had distinct dogs, that couldn’t be found in other parts of the world. However, globalization has changed all that, now, you can purchase any breed you want, despite your location. This has given rise to dogs suffering when they are brought to completely different surroundings.
Dog Breeds That Cannot Survive in India
When it comes to India, there is a ban that states no foreign breeds can be imported, but there is no restriction on owning the present foreign breeds in India, and these are the ones that suffer the most, and eventually die a painful death.
1. Saint Bernard
Unless you live in the Himalayas with extreme cold and snow, then this dog with an angel-like temperament is likely to die suffering in the rest of India. This breed originated in Switzerland and has been used for rescues in the Swiss Alpes for over two centuries now, and this savior dog has saved over 2,000 people. They also possess a thick coat which is extremely useful and necessary in snowstorms, but it becomes a nightmare for these hounds when the temperature rises. The average temperature in India hovers around 25°c, which means that these gentle giants are always overheated here, and are dying slowly and painfully. Furthermore, they require high-quality food that consists of more animal protein and has fewer grain fillers, which is a tough find in India. Sadly, they are just not meant for this part of the world.
If you happen to live in a big city then chances are you have come across this majestic breed at least once, on your walks. They exhibit courage and confidence, but these poor hounds are suffering in India. In the past, these were used as fighting dogs in the blood sport of bull bating in England, hence the name, however, when that sport was proscribed in the early 19th century, breeders started breeding these dogs to be more compact and suitable for family life. While this approach saved them from becoming extinct, this resulted in them having a short muzzle. This means they suffer from shortness of breath in summers, this becomes much worse during the days with excessive humidity. Additionally, their wrinkles are prone to infection in hotter temperatures. It is best if we let this hound stay in nations with cooler temperatures.
This adorable dog was made famous through a cellular network’s commercials, and since then their demand in India has skyrocketed. As of today, you can find these cute hounds everywhere in India, from posh cities to undeveloped countrysides. Unfortunately, these suffer from similar breathing issues and skin infections to the Bulldog. They also have short muzzles, and often struggle to breathe, even the veterinarians recommend that these hounds must be kept in dry environments as humidity only escalates their problems. As for the hotter temperatures of India, such climates trigger distress in Pugs, which can result in rapid breathing, vomiting, seizures, and even loss of consciousness. If you love this pooch, just let them live a healthy life in other nations.
4. Alaskan Malamute
These were originally bred to be freight sled haulers of the Antarctic, where they were always a part of a larger pack. Firstly, they possess large reserves of energy, which must be exhausted or else they become destructive, but to exhaust such intense energy, they must exercise which causes extreme body heat. That wouldn’t have been a major issue, but this dog is Artic born, therefore, they are suited for sub-zero temperatures with winds blasts over 60 kilometers per hour, which just isn’t available anywhere in India, except in Ladakh and areas above it. Malamutes have a coat that is full of hollow hairs, which insulates them from the cold so much so that they struggle to keep cool sometimes in temperatures of -20°c. Now, you can already see the problem, they suffer tremendously in hotter temperatures, and overheating is the number one cause of death for these fluffy dogs.
5. Siberian Husky
If you know anything about Alaskan Malamutes, then you know they were derived from crossbreeding Siberian Husky with now-extinct breeds. Unlike the Malamutes, these were bred to haul comparatively lightweight cargo at an accelerated pace in the most efficient way possible in cold and harsh climates. Therefore, they also have high energy reverses, and a coat that keeps them warm even in sub-zero temperatures. You can try and trim their hair, however, they will still be suffering from overheating either way due to their genetics.
6. Lhasa Apso
A quite popular dog breed among dog show enthusiasts, and for genuine reasons. This little dog has a great personality with outstanding trainability for tricks, making them ideal for dog shows. Unfortunately, they have thick skin and a heavy coat. While you can always trim their coat to avoid heating issues, their skin is what overheats them. Additionally, they are prone to digestive issues and need a carefully designed diet plan. Although you can import high-quality dog food for them, you’ll have to be extremely careful about how you feed them.