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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

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, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.A ...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 gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. They were named 'retriever' because of their ...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 (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, ...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 working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. ...more
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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Siberian Husky (Russian: Сибирский хаски, tr. Sibirskiy khaski) is a medium size working dog breed. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly furred ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn brindled or white, with or without white markings. Boxers are ...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 German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size.The record holder for the tallest dog ever is a Great Dane called Zeus (died September 2014; aged 5), that measured ...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 descended from bulldogs and terriers. The pit bull-type is particularly ambiguous, as it encompasses a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and ...more
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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the "Aussie", is a medium-sized breed of dog that was, despite its name, developed on ranches in the United States during the 19th ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Collies form a distinctive type of herding dogs, including many related landraces and standardised breeds. The type originated in Scotland and Northern England. Collies are medium-sized, fairly ...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 (German: Berner Sennenhund) is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Bred from crosses of Mastiffs and ...more
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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Dalmatian is a breed of medium-sized dog, noted for its unique black, liver, spotted coat and mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its ...more
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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Rottweiler (, UK also ) is a breed of domestic dog, regarded as medium-to-large or large. The dogs were known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs, because ...more
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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, or white-and-black (called Landseer). However, in the Dominion of Newfoundland, before it became part of the ...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 hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). With a great sense ...more
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The St. Bernard or St Bernard (UK: , US: ) is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue by the hospice of the Great ...more
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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Dobermann, (; German pronunciation: [ˈdoːbɐman]), Doberman or Doberman Pinscher in the United States and Canada, is a medium-large breed of domestic dog that was originally developed around ...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 Great Pyrenees, known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog outside of North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff. As ...more
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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The dachshund (UK: DAKS-ənd, -⁠huund, -⁠huunt or US: DAHKS-huunt, -⁠ənd)(German: "badger dog"), also known as the sausage dog or wiener dog is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type ...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-sized 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, sometimes known as just a Corgi (, Welsh for "dwarf dog"; plural "Corgis" or occasionally the etymologically consistent "Corgwn"; ), is a small ...more
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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
The Irish Setter (Irish: sotar rua, literally "red setter") is a setter, a breed of gundog, and family dog. The term Irish Setter is commonly used to encompass the show-bred dog ...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 breed of domestic dog. In the 1800s, they were the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France.The breed is popular as ...more
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Black Russian Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
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The Black Russian Terrier (abbreviated as BRT, Russian: Русский чёрный терьер), also known as the Chornyi Terrier (chornyi being Russian for black) is a breed of dog created in USSR in Red Star ...more