The Best Dogs for Men

A list of the best dogs for men, as ranked by dog breed professionals and male dog owners across the world. Dogs are often given the title of man’s best friend and there’s definitely a good reason for that. Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding thing any man can do. Dogs are often loyal friends who will be there for you when you’re stressed about work and relationships. They’re also great companions for physical activity like hiking through a tough trail or running around the block. Men who become dog owners are often content with their loves and happier overall due to their intelligent and loving pet. The dogs on this list would make faithful companions to any type of man.

This list has dogs fit for any man’s personality type. For the man who likes to exercise a lot, dogs like Huskies and Golden Retrievers are the perfect breed. Men who prefer to spend the day at home, relaxing in front of the television might find themselves in love with their pug orbulldog.

This list has breeds of all shapes and sizes, just waiting to become the companion of an equally loyal man. Whatever you’re looking for in a dog, there’s sure to be the right breed here for you -- and for the ladies out there, be sure to check out our list on the best dogs for women

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  • 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, the breed's ...more
  • 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 favourite ...more
  • 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 1890 ...more
  • 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
  • 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 111.8 cm ...more
  • 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 double ...more
  • 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 their ...more
  • The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in the Southern Africa region. Its forebears can be traced to the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi, which were crossed with ...more
  • The Cane Corso (pronounced kah-neh kor-so [ˈkaːne ˈkɔrso] from Italian cane (dog) and "corso" meaning "course" (i.e. "coursing dog"), is a large Italian breed of dog highly valued in Italy as a ...more
  • The Bloodhound is a large scent hound, originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar and, since the Middle Ages, for tracking people. Believed to be descended from hounds once kept at the Abbey of ...more
  • The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog. National kennel clubs, including the KC and the AKC, refer to the breed as simply the Mastiff. They perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt ...more
  • 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. Considered ...more
  • 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 century. There is ...more
  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as a "Stafford" or "Staffie", is a breed of short-haired, small- to medium-sized dog that was developed in Staffordshire, England and northern parts of ...more
  • 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
  • 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 of ...more
  • The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour. The Jack Russell ...more
  • 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 guard-type ...more
  • The Vizsla (Hungarian: [ˈviʒlɒ]) is a dog breed originating in Hungary which belongs under the FCI group 7 (Pointer group). The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in ...more
  • 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 recognised by the ...more
  • 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 setter. ...more
  • 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 a ...more
  • The Shiba Inu (柴犬, Japanese: [ɕiba̠ inɯ̟ᵝ]) is a Japanese breed of hunting dog. A small-to-medium breed, it is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog native to Japan.A ...more
  • Harrier
    The Harrier is a medium-sized dog breed of the hound class, used for hunting hares by trailing them. It resembles an English Foxhound but is smaller, though not as small as a Beagle.