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The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked  

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List Rules Must be a recognized dog breed or hybrid of two recognized dog breeds

Ranker Video Sloane Morgan Siegel Ranks His Top 5 Favorite 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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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...more
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The German Shepherd is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated ...more
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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Border Collie is a medium sized dog, with a body that is slightly longer than the height and a fairly wide skull. The ears are usually half-perked. The coat colors come in black and white, ...more
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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover ...more
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge. They are known for their enormous bodies and great height. ...more
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Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Pit bull is the common name for a type of dog. Formal dog breeds often considered of the pit bull type include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit ...more
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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie, is a medium size breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The collie is a distinctive type of herding dog, including many related landraces and formal breeds. It originates in Scotland and Northern England. It is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built ...more
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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund is ...more
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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical ...more
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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Rottweiler is a medium/large size breed of domestic dog. The dogs were known as "Rottweil butchers' dogs" because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with ...more
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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Newfoundland is a large working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, white and black or gray. However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are black and white ...more
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are ...more
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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Doberman Pinscher is a muscular and very powerful dog. Its hard, short-haired, close-fitting coat comes in black, black and tan, blue-gray, red, fawn and white. The hair is short, thick and ...more
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as ...more
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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, Olde English ...more
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Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees in North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff. The Great ...more
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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling ...more
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Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Bullmastiff is a large size breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. The Bullmastiff shares the characteristics of Molosser dogs, and was originally developed by ...more
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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Welsh corgi is a small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. Two distinct breeds are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi, with the Pembroke being the ...more
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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Irish Setter, is a setter, a breed of gundog and family dog. The term Irish Setter is commonly used to encompass the show-bred dog recognised by the American Kennel Club as well as the ...more
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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. "Frenchies" were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more