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.

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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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    Newfoundland

    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bullmastiff

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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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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brittany

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    Leonberger

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    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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    Korean Jindo Dog

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    added by: attempted
    Jindos come in five colors
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    often listed
    Boerboel

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