The Best Dog Breeds Anything

The Best Dog Breeds

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List of favorite dog breeds, mainly gauged by the animals' suitability as pets in homes and apartments. Because of thousands of years of selective breeding by humans, dogs come in a tremendous variety of sizes, shapes, colors, temperments and behaviors. They are the only animal to have so much variation in appearance without branching into a separate species.

Though groups like the American Kennel Club make very specific designations about breeds and breed hybrids, there continue to be new breeds and breed variants developed all the time, as well as "up and coming breeds" not officially recognized by kennel clubs and experts. (Many dogs not purchased directly from breeders are also mixed-breeds of some kind, or have less than purebred ancestry.)

Dog breeds are typically divided into a few basic categories: companion dogs, guard dogs, hunting dogs, herding dogs and working dogs. Despite the names, in contemporary America, most breeds - even hunting or herding dogs - service as companies for individuals and families.

Pick your favorite dog breeds from the list below and vote them up, and if your favorite breed or hybrid dog is not currently listed, make your own version of the list and add it there yourself!

List Criteria: Must be a recognized dog breed or hybrid of two recognized dog breeds

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    most listed
    Labrador Retriever

    99
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    94
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    87
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    controversial
    Beagle

    69
  7. 7
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    controversial
    Boxer

    69
  8. 8
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    68
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    68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    American Bulldog

    68
  11. 11
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    68
  12. 12
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    often listed &controversial
    Rottweiler

    67
  13. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    Australian Shepherd

    66
  14. 14
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Pit bull

    66
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    66
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    66
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    66
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bernese Mountain Dog

    64
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    64
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    63
    added by: MoriMori
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dalmatian

    63
  22. 22
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    62
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    60
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    60
  26. 26
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    often listed
    Poodle

    59
  27. 27
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    58
  28. 28
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    58
  29. 29
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    56
  30. 30
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    55
  31. 31
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    54
  32. 32
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    controversial
    Miniature Schnauzer

    53
  33. 33
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    53
  34. 34
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    52
  35. 35
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    controversial
    Leonberger

    51
  36. 36
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    51
  37. 37
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    often listed &controversial
    Pomeranian

    51
  38. 38
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    ranked high on reranks
    Rhodesian Ridgeback

    50
  39. 39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    50
  40. 40
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    50
  41. 41
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    50
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    49
  43. 43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brittany

    48
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    48
  45. 45
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    48
  46. 46
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    48
  47. 47
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    47
    added by: imsuebusy
  48. 48
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    47
  49. 49
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    controversial
    Shar Pei

    47
  50. 50
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    46
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