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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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1,763 527
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,470 584
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,422 637
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,276 608
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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762 532
Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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870 609
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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880 621
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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969 726
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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870 611
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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772 407
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,074 770
Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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714 350
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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780 503
Saint Bernard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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789 389
Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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806 678
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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551 374
Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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709 591
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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472 560
Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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751 670
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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611 449
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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730 524
Pug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
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621 569
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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615 647
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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580 655
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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649 671
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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574 403
Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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418 370
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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551 502
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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467 178
Mutt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
BrennaChapman added Mutt

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481 358
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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484 488
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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507 602
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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348 165
white german shepherd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
miriam added white german shepherd

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361 346
Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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376 434
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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440 553
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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353 375
Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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263 94
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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269 363
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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321 473
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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298 352
Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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401 442
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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368 412
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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262 372
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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348 433
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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214 151
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
fezziwig added Shetland Sheepdog

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312 315
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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223 166
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
WalterConrad added English Springer Spaniel

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288 279
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
oldrocker added Boston Terrier