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The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked

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List RulesMust 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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    The Dobermann, (; German pronunciation: [ˈdoːbɐman]), Doberman or Doberman Pinscher in the...  more
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    The Irish Setter (Irish: sotar rua, literally "red setter") is a setter, a breed of gundog,...  more
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    The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, or...  more
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    The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled...  more
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    The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog. In the 1800s, they were the result of a cross...  more
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    The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog, originating in Germany. The American...  more
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    The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It...  more
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    The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized gundog bred primarily for hunting. It...  more
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    The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used...  more
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    The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This...  more
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    The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or...  more
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    The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family. The Basset is a scent...  more
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    The Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz-type breed of dog, developed in the late 20th century as a...  more
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    A Labradoodle () is a planned mating crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador retriever...  more
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    The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally...  more
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    The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is a large breed of dog that emerged in England from early...  more
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    The Bullmastiff is a large-sized breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle....  more
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    The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to "Airedale"), also called Bingley Terrier and...  more
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    The Tibetan Mastiff (Tibetan: འདོགས་ཁྱི, Chinese: 藏獒; Pinyin: Zàng áo) is a large Tibetan dog...  more
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    The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century...  more
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    The Belgian Shepherd (also known as the Belgian Sheepdog or Chien de Berger Belge) is a breed...  more
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    German Spitz (or German spitz, plural spitzes or, borrowing from German, Spitze) is used to...  more
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    The Malinois is a medium-to-large breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the...  more
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    The Dalmatian is a breed of medium-sized dog, noted for its unique black, liver, spotted coat...  more
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    The Greyhound is a breed of dog, a sighthound which has been bred for coursing game and...  more