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List Rules 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. The top dog breeds for every purpose are represented here. 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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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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866 613
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Saint Bernard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Pug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
Pug

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Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Mutt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
BrennaChapman added Mutt

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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white german shepherd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
miriam added white german shepherd

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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Brittany is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
fezziwig added Shetland Sheepdog

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
WalterConrad added English Springer Spaniel

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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
oldrocker added Boston Terrier