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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, temperments 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 Best Dog Breeds

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1,760 527
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,469 584
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,422 637
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,276 607
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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762 530
Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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869 608
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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879 621
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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968 725
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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868 611
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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772 406
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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1,074 769
Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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714 349
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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780 502
Saint Bernard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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789 388
Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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806 677
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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551 373
Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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709 590
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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472 559
Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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751 669
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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611 448
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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729 524
Pug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
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621 568
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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615 646
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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580 654
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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649 670
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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573 403
Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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418 369
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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551 501
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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467 177
Mutt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
BrennaChapman added Mutt

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481 357
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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484 487
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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507 601
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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347 165
white german shepherd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
miriam added white german shepherd

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361 345
Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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376 433
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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440 552
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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353 374
Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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263 93
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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269 362
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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321 472
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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298 351
Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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401 441
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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368 411
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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262 371
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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348 432
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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214 150
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
fezziwig added Shetland Sheepdog

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312 314
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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223 165
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
WalterConrad added English Springer Spaniel

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288 278
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
oldrocker added Boston Terrier