dogs The Best Dog Breeds  

Ranker Community
Originally by
73.4k votes 6.5k voters 126.5k views 151 items Embed

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!
list ordered by

1
1,460 593
Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

The Cutest Mixed Dog Breeds The Best Dogs for Babies

2
1,759 526
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

3
1,468 583
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

4
1,422 636
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

5
1,275 606
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

6
761 529
Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

7
869 606
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

8
878 620
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

9
968 722
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

10
867 610
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

11
772 404
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

12
1,074 767
Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

13
714 347
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

14
779 501
Saint Bernard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

15
788 386
Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

The Best Dog Breeds for Families The 51 Greatest Viral Yearbook Photos In Internet History

16
805 676
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

17
551 372
Pyrenean Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

18
708 589
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

19
472 558
Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

20
750 667
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

21
611 446
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

22
728 523
Pug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
Pug

23
620 567
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

24
615 644
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

25
580 652
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

26
649 667
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

27
573 401
Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

28
417 368
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

29
551 499
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

25 Amazing Dog Facts You Never Knew The Worst Qualities in a Woman

30
465 176
Mutt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
BrennaChapman added Mutt

31
480 356
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

32
484 485
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

33
507 599
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

34
347 163
white german shepherd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
miriam added white german shepherd

35
360 344
Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

36
376 431
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

37
440 550
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

38
353 372
Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

39
263 91
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

40
268 360
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

41
321 471
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

42
298 350
Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

43
401 439
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

The Different Dog Breeds by Geographic Regions The Best Organic Coffee Brands

44
368 410
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

45
262 370
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

46
348 431
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

47
214 149
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
fezziwig added Shetland Sheepdog

48
312 313
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

49
221 164
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
WalterConrad added English Springer Spaniel

50
288 277
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
oldrocker added Boston Terrier