The Best Dog Breeds Anything
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The Best Dog Breeds

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

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!
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    the people's #1
    Golden Retriever

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    most listed
    Labrador Retriever

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    Rottweiler

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    Australian Shepherd

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    Basset Hound

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    Newfoundland

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    Bernese Mountain Dog

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    added by: MoriMori
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    added by: imsuebusy
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    Brittany

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    Leonberger

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    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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    Shar Pei

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    Korean Jindo Dog

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    added by: attempted
    Jindos come in five colors
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