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The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked

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, temperaments 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! And if you love dogs but suffer from allergies, be sure to check out our list of the best hypoallergenic dogs

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list ordered by
  • Golden Retriever
    1
  • Alaskan Malamute
    5
  • Border Collie
    7
  • Siberian Husky
    8
  • Beagle
    9
  • English Mastiff
    10
  • Newfoundland
    11
  • Samoyed
    12
  • Welsh Corgi
    15
  • Great Dane
    16
  • Boxer
    17
  • Saint Bernard
    18
  • Shiba Inu
    19
  • Akita Inu
    20
  • Pit bull
    21
  • Collie
    22
  • Rottweiler
    23
  • Dachshund
    24