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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!

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Golden Retriever 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) 2 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
German Shepherd Dog 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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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Labrador Retriever 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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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Siberian Husky 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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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Border Collie 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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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Saint Bernard 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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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Boxer 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) 8 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Great Dane 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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Collie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Collie 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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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Rottweiler 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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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Beagle 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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Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Pit bull 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) 13 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Australian Shepherd 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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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Newfoundland 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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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Bernese Mountain Dog 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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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Bulldog 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) 17 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Pyrenean Mountain Dog 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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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Dalmatian 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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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Welsh Corgi 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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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Dobermann 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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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Dachshund 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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Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Basset Hound The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for ...more

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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Jack Russell The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson ...more

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American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
American Bulldog The American Bulldog is a breed of working dog. The names associated with the Bully and Standard types are those of the breeders who were influential in developing them, John D. Johnson and Alan ...more

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Pug is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Pug The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square ...more

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Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Bullmastiff 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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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Poodle 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

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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Yorkshire Terrier The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more

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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Irish Setter 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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Mutt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
BrennaChapman added Mutt

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
imsuebusy added Cavalier King Charles Spaniel The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel with dark, round eyes that are large but not prominent. The ears are long with abundant feathering, and it has a silky coat, sometimes with a ...more

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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
French Bulldog 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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Brittany is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Brittany The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed's working characteristics are more akin to those of a pointer or ...more

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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Pomeranian The Pomeranian is a breed of dog of the Spitz type, named for the Pomerania region in Central Europe. Classed as a toy dog breed because of its small size, the Pomeranian is descended from the ...more

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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Weimaraner The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the ...more

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Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Bloodhound The Bloodhound is a large scent hound originally bred for hunting deer and wild boar, but also used from the Middle Ages onwards for tracking human beings, and now most often bred specifically ...more

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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Alaskan Malamute The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog. They are similar to other ...more

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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard ...more

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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Scottish Terrier The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier, it is one of five breeds ...more

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Black Russian Terrier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
wowcoupons added Black Russian Terrier The Russian Black Terrier, abbreviated as BRT, also known as the Tchiorny Terrier is a breed of dog created in USSR in Red Star Kennel during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for use as a ...more

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Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
slaft added Chow Chow The Chow Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means "puffy-lion dog". The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, ...more

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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Rhodesian Ridgeback The Rhodesian ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with ...more

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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
fezziwig added Shetland Sheepdog The Shetland Sheepdog, often known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. They are small to medium dogs, and come in a variety of colors, such as sable, tri-color, and blue merle. They are ...more

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Labradoodle A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized until 1988, when ...more

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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Chihuahua The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.

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American Eskimo Dog is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
kelly.riley added American Eskimo Dog The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog originating in Germany. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family. Despite its name and appearance, the American Eskimo dog is not ...more

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Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Leonberger The Leonberger is a giant dog breed. The breed's name derives from the city of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. According to legend, the Leonberger was ostensibly bred as a 'symbolic ...more

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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
oldrocker added Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and ...more

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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
Bichon Frisé A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK.

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German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked
German Shorthaired Pointer The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. The breed is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs that make it ...more