Foreign dog breeds for commercial purposes have finally been banned in India.
The Indian climate is not suitable for foreign dog breeds. Breeds like Husky and St Bernard that have thick coats meant for ice and snow are subjected to the heat of the tropics, which makes even a short walk outdoors a tiring affair. The demand for exotic breeds has been increased over the years and this has given a green signal to breeders. Finally this has come to an end.
The director general of Foreign Trade has said that foreign dog breeds will only be allowed during the following situations:
It has been said that the R&D organizations importing dogs will need a recommendation from the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals. Animal welfare organizations have shown their full support including People for Animals and Humane Society International (India).
Dogs are companions and not your status symbol.
Finally, the Indian government has understood, but people who demand exotic breeds and are supporting breeders need to understand this. The most popular pedigree dog breeds in India are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Labradors, Dobermans, and Pugs. However, exotic breeds are not meant for India. Breads like Siberian/Alaskan Huskies and St Bernards have become popular in India but they are often abandoned because of their expensive maintenance demands. Bring a companion not a trophy to show off.
It is being believed that buying exotic dogs in India will become more expensive. The ban is facing criticism from breeders as they feel it’s unfair. This is just one step, support it, adopt a pet don’t buy one. Do not encourage breeders. Animals are innocent and people are becoming cruel. Only you can save them.