What is the standard way of getting yourself a pet? I like dogs a lot so lets talk about dogs. You go to a breeder, get yourself a dog(puppy) and then go about training it etc;
Have you ever thought about how these breeders work? Generally a pedigree puppy would cost you around 3000 INR . There are cases where it went upto a lakh INR but those are show dogs/puppies.
However think about the case where you will get yourself a puppy and it dies quite early. Besides the fact that it is a huge emotional hit to the family, it could also be because the breeder was greedy. Yes, most of the breeders OVERBREED using the dam. The accepted norm is to have the dam breed once an year and that too for some 4 or 5 generations (I might be wrong here but its of that order). However these greedy breeders will make a puppy generation factory out of the dam. Why is that so? These breeders have no respect for nature and no love for the dog. Its a business for them.
German Shepherd Dog (GSD) for example was bred to be a farm land and herding dog. So the people who breed these dogs breed it so that the traits of the sire and the dam are preserved. They keep the best puppies and give out the rest. This breeding happens for sometime. This is possibly the best way to ensure that the dog and the successive generations have good bloodlines.
In some cases the puppy is sold to you because of bad bloodlines. I heard of cases where some breeder sold a puppy saying that it was GSD but once the dog was around 1 yr old it turned out to be some kind of cross breed or a GSD lookalike. However this does NOT mean that breeders are bad. Its just that its too sad if you end up with a bad breeder.
Ok now that we have the background, if you want a dog consider this – do not breed, buy an adult dog or adopt a homeless one.
Adopting a St Bernard in India might be horrible decision – St Bernards are NOT for hot weather. Think about a street dog. They have been naturally bred (natural selection). This makes them rugged and resistent to indian weather and the diseases. However if you still have a strong liking to the breed dogs, try adopting one from animal shelter (applies to anyone anywhere in the world).
In Hyderabad consider the Blue Cross of hyd (http://www.bluecrosshyd.org/). It is a fine place to find some of the best dogs. I have personally worked with atleast 4 breed dogs that were in fine shape and excellent temparment. Generally the dogs that are out for adoption at blue cross are those that have been abandoned because the owner cannot afford to feed them anymore, they are getting married and the spouse hates dogs, they are shifting to an apartment where dogs are not allowed and reasons like that. If you do not like the dogs that you see in the compound just leave your address/phone number with the shelter director and you will be contacted when your choice of dog comes in.
IF you like puppies blue cross has them too. I used to observe the puppies, play with them and analyze the attitude and personality of the puppies. So I have a fair idea that the puppy that you like would definitely be available at blue cross.
Well I am not the ‘cat’ lover but blue cross regularly gets some kittens. I never handled these kittens so I cannot say anymore than this.