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

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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

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

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1,283 618
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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771 541
Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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875 615
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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879 617
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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888 628
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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980 733
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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780 412
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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723 353
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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793 397
Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Saint Bernard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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

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

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478 567
Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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584 407
Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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614 458
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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624 574
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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732 535
Pug is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
Pug

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American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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587 662
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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656 679
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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422 373
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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553 505
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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443 556
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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

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

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271 368
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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

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

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

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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
fezziwig added Shetland Sheepdog

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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264 376
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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354 436
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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314 318
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds

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226 169
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
WalterConrad added English Springer Spaniel

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American Eskimo Dog is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds
kelly.riley added American Eskimo Dog