Pet preference is subjective. So, one pet owner’s idea of the “best” dog is a German Shepherd, while another prefers Yorkshire Terriers. Neither opinion is right or wrong. Dogs (and cats) of every breed boast plenty of reasons to attract ardent fans. Nevertheless, writers like to divide anything and everything into lists of best and worst. And animal ratings are no exception. So, here is a compilation of some of those lists. Petique, Inc. does not endorse one list over another. We love all animals equally!
AKC Kennel Club
Focusing on purebreds alone, to their credit, this group divides their “best” list into several different categories: Family Dogs, Best Dogs for Apartments, Most Active, Best Dogs for Kids, etc. By covering virtually every breed, they are able to appear neutral. But we’re certain the American Kennel Club, which was founded in 1884, is made up of people who own dogs in every conceivable shape and size.
The folks who bring you toilet cleaning tips also offer their advice about how to choose a family pet. Breeds that made the cut include Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bernese Mountain Dog, Alaskan Malamute, Boston Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Pug, Beagle, Irish Setter, French Bulldog, Brussels Griffon, Newfoundland, Collie, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Poodle, Bichon Frise, Vizsla, Cocker Spaniel and Mutt.
Also focusing on best family breeds, the PetMD list includes Bulldog, Beagle, Bull Terrier, Collie, Newfoundland, Vizsla, Irish Setter, Poodle, Lab, Golden Retriever, and (special mention) Mutts!
For folks who are looking for something other than a great “family pet,” Elite Daily chose these seven breeds: Husky, Teacup Pig (we know – not a dog), Abyssinian Cat (another non-dog), Golden Retriever, Bengal Cat, Mini-Rex Rabbit, Shelter Animals.
This website chose the following as the “best for folks living the ‘single life:’” French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Lab, English Bulldog, Chihuahua, Retired Greyhound, Dalmatian, Boxer, Pug, Poodle, Doberman, Great Dane, Border Collie, Golden Retriever, Schnauzer, Rescue Mutt.
Choosing the “best pets for seniors,” this website names the following as top breeds for elderly masters: Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, French Bulldog, Greyhound, Maltese, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pomeranian (yay!), Poodle, Shih Tzu, West Highland White Terrier.
Ranking the “best small dogs for therapy work,” selected Chihuahua, Poodle, Corgi, French Bulldog, King Charles Spaniel, Dachshund, Pug, Bichon Frise, Beagle and Yorkshire Terrier.
Cesar Milan, aka The Dog Whisperer
Focusing on the best dogs for health-related reasons, his website listed the following as qualifying for “healthiest” breeds: Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Chihuahua, English Springer Spaniel, German Pinscher, Mixed Breeds.
Choosing to focus on the most affectionate, the list of the best from Bark Post includes Lab, Golden Retriever, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, American Pit Bull, Brussels Griffon, Old English Sheepdog, Affenpinscher, Chihuahua, Irish Wolfhound, Collie, Great Dane, English Bulldog, and Shelter Mutt.
What is your favorite breed? Please share with us! In the meantime, remember that the only dog to make every list is a Mutt! The best way to make sure whatever dog you love stays in tip-top condition is to feed him or her only the best in dog treats. Petique Inc. healthy treats promote healthy skin, fur and brains, boasting all of the associated benefits of tuna and turkey.
About Petique, Inc.
Located in Ontario, California, Petique, Inc. is a woman- and family-owned business specializing in pet supplies and consumables. Pet owners ourselves, we share a passion to create a positive, healthy and fun environment for furry family members. We also strive to create quality pet products that conserve ecological resources whenever possible, and consciously avoid depleting natural resources. With more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, product development and design, we take pride in creating eco-friendly and non-toxic items, reliable travel gear and innovative products. Contact us today, visit our website or call (909) 673-0998.