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
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    German Shepherd Dog

    94
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    often listed
    Border Collie

    87
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Siberian Husky

    83
  6. 6
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    controversial
    Beagle

    69
  7. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boxer

    69
  8. 8
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    68
  9. 9
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    American Bulldog

    68
  10. 10
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    68
  11. 11
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Great Dane

    67
  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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    66
  15. 15
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Pit bull

    66
  16. 16
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    often listed
    Bulldog

    66
  17. 17
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    66
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bernese Mountain Dog

    64
  19. 19
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    often listed
    Basset Hound

    63
  20. 20
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    63
    added by: MoriMori
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dalmatian

    63
  22. 22
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    often listed &controversial
    Jack Russell

    61
  23. 23
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    61
  24. 24
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    60
  25. 25
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    59
  26. 26
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    often listed
    Poodle

    59
  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks
    Yorkshire Terrier

    58
  28. 28
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    often listed
    Weimaraner

    58
  29. 29
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    56
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Scottish Terrier

    54
  31. 31
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    Irish Setter

    54
  32. 32
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Dobermann

    53
  33. 33
    Up 132
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    often listed
    Miniature Schnauzer

    53
  34. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dachshund

    52
  35. 35
    Up 36
    Down 61

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leonberger

    51
  36. 36
    Up 119
    Down 165

    often listed &controversial
    Pomeranian

    51
  37. 37
    Up 45
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    ranked high on reranks
    Rhodesian Ridgeback

    51
  38. 38
    Up 62
    Down 49

    ranked low on reranks
    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    51
  39. 39
    Up 106
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    often listed
    French Bulldog

    51
  40. 40
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    50
  41. 41
    Up 79
    Down 66

    ranked low on reranks
    Bichon Frisé

    50
  42. 42
    Up 50
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    ranked high on reranks
    Chow Chow

    49
  43. 43
    Up 24
    Down 45

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brittany

    48
  44. 44
    Up 54
    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks
    Chesapeake Bay Retriever

    48
  45. 45
    Up 60
    Down 60
    48
  46. 46
    Up 36
    Down 46

    often listed
    Kuvasz

    47
  47. 47
    Up 32
    Down 59

    often listed &controversial
    Shar Pei

    46
  48. 48
    Up 20
    Down 32

    often listed
    Hungarian Vizsla

    46
  49. 49
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    Down 43
    46
  50. 50
    Up 15
    Down 13
    46
    added by: imsuebusy
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