Most Underrated Dog Breeds

The Top Ten

1 Dutch Shepherd Dutch Shepherd The Dutch Shepherd is a herding dog of Dutch origin. They were used by shepherds and farmers who needed a versatile dog, with few demands, and a dog that was able to adapt to a harsh and meager existence.
2 Catahoula Cur
3 Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog The Australian Cattle Dog, or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain.

My favorite type of dog but they're usually really low on most of the other lists

4 Flat Coated Retriever Flat Coated Retriever The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog breed originating from the United Kingdom. It was developed as a retriever both on land and in the water.
5 Border Terrier Border Terrier The Border Terrier is a small, rough-coated breed of dog of the terrier group. Originally bred as fox and vermin hunters, Border Terriers share ancestry with Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Patterdale terriers and Bedlington Terriers.

I have had a border terrier for the past 13 years and I could not have asked for a better pet/companion. Now a geriatric dog, I have expected her to be less tolerable of little children and younger dogs but I am happy to be disproved every time she encounters either. Also, maintenence is incredibly low if you choose not to strip it's fur. At her old age she is still playful and yearns to please her master at every turn.

I have two cross breeds with Border and Norfolk Terriers. They're both really playful and loveable. One of them loves company with humans and is just plain modest and calm; the other is calm yet protective.


6 Malinois
7 Akita Akita

My Akita is actually half Australian Shepherd. She is the most beautiful and best natured dog. Very intelligent. Takes to routine effortlessly. And lets us know if we're not following routines as scheduled. She is also big and very powerful. I would hate to see an Akita that someone trained to be mean or vicious! She is quick and unrelenting during play. If she were trained to attack... it would be very bad for the attackee.

8 Newfoundland Newfoundland

Enormous water-loving loveable creatures that stick to you for life. They have the strength to pull boats and the determination not to turn down a stick. Great around cats, kids and unbelievably playful.

There is no words to express - I love my New Foundland Dog. She is a sweetheart thru and thru

9 Russian Black Terrier Russian Black Terrier

Part Newfoundland, Part Airdale Terrier, Part Rottweiler. I have a nine month old Russian Black; she's playful, friendly and protective. I also have cats that she could snap in her jaws, but she defends them and is really gentle with them. Huge and loveable, and unlike similar dogs, they seldom drool or shed fur. Ideal.

I love my Russian Black. She's an amazing companion and I'm certain that will be so for the rest of her time. - PositronWildhawk

10 Pit Bull

Not so much underrated in terms of popularity or acknowledgement... But the APBT is the definition of the underdog story... They face real discrimination, all for things that are completely out of their control. The poster dog for breed specific legislation... every time one of these dogs make it to a loving home, it could justifiably be hailed a "one in a million" story... Sad. One of the most important breeds of dog to humans both past and present. My best buddy is a GSD, but I also have a friend with an APBT. She has a tattoo to remind everybody "who rescued who". She considers her APBT the single reason she didn't pull the trigger with a barrel in her mouth. She's been abused, survived cancer, she's tough... But even she needed somebody to show her that she was their world at a time when she felt she had no purpose... That somebody was an APBT named Tyson she rescued from a shelter. The happy endings this breed brings to so many gets overlooked because of the ...more

Rescued our American pitbull terrier from the pound as a puppy about a year ago. Her and my almost 2 year old daughter are crazy about each other! Don't let their falsified public image turn you away.

I've had my pit for 3 years.. By far the most kid friendly pet I've ever had.

The Newcomers

? Keeshond Keeshond The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog with a plush two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff and a curled tail.

The Contenders

11 Canaan Dog
12 Pekingese Pekingese

The small furry bushbaby of a dog that you can and want to fit in your pocket. They love any game you can throw at them. Something you can't put your finger on about them you just love.

The Pekingese deserve a second chance - doomwings13

13 Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Best dog I have had. had all kinds of breeds. this dog was so good and smart. also very protective of my child. I taught him to get used to my child playing hide and seek. my daughter had the bone to give when he found her. at first it was just two rooms. but then moved it around the entire house and garage. he would always find her. and she wandered off once or twice outside and he found her then too. I would say check out wheaten welcome because it is hard to stop them from jumping up on friends. but they seem to know if it is someone who should not be welcome and will be protective too. best they are non-sheders. but you will have to have them bathed and groomed. I took care of mine once a month.

14 Miniature Pinscher Miniature Pinscher The Miniature Pinscher is a small breed of dog originating from Germany. The breed's earliest ancestors may have included the German Pinscher mixed with Italian greyhounds and dachshunds.
15 Norfolk Terrier Norfolk Terrier The Norfolk Terrier is a British breed of dog. Prior to gaining recognition as an independent breed in 1960, it was a variety of the Norwich Terrier, distinguished from the "prick eared" Norwich by its "drop ears".
16 St. Bernard St. Bernard The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy and Switzerland, originally bred for rescue.

Apart from a lot of drool, what's to dislike about them?! Strong, energetic, playful and loves you a lot!

17 American Cocker Spaniel American Cocker Spaniel The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of sporting dog. It is a spaniel type dog that is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel; the two breeds diverged during the 20th century due to differing breed standards in America and the UK.

The sweetest dogs ever!

The English Cocker Spaniel is awesome and well known for its loyalty and playfulness. The American Cocker Spaniel is a lot like that. Smaller and shorter-living, but more lively and more playful. And once you stare into the eyes of a puppy, you desperately want one.

18 Rottweiler Rottweiler The Rottweiler 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 one of their uses was to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat to market.

Rottweiler are good dogs. We had an Rottweiler an we didn't train him and he still protected the house. They are great companions and are great with kids even from they're big size. They are a great dog and they are somewhat intel legacy. It is very ignorant how they say they attack everyone. That is not true because I even got attacked by a chihuahua and they are known for being tiny. I hope Rottweiler are more respected in society

We have a Rottweiler and a Chihuahua. The Chihuahua barks at our Rottweiler and he backs off from the Chihuahua. Our Rottweiler loves our cat. I believe that they got bad rep from some owners that mistreated their dog. He is my big lap dog.

19 Beauceron
20 Irish Wolfhound Irish Wolfhound
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