[Infographic] An insight into the World's most overrated and underrated dog breeds!
05 Jan 2015
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I own a pet Labrador Retriever and for me, she is the top dog. But do you ever wonder about the top dogs in the canine world? Have you pondered on which breed may be the most overrated / underrated dog breed in the world? David McCandles, in his book
, has shared an insight into the canine breed world and has some interesting observations.
Knowledge is Beautiful
In his research, David McCandles ranked 87 dog breeds and compared these breeds against the public popularity of the various breeds recognised by the
American Kennel Club. David scored the breeds on the following data points:
Intelligence & trainability - Dumb / Clever
Living costs including the cost of purchasing toys / accessories, hiring pet sitters, kennel services and vet fees
Appetite and dietary requirements
Suitability as a family pet
The breeds were further classified in terms of their size -
small / medium / large and also as per their breed group, namely:
Non - sporting
The key points that emerged from the study have been summarised below:
One of the finest dog breeds in existence are the
followed by Brittany and Cairn Terrier. Border Collies were rated highest in terms of intelligence, suitability as a family pet, high longevity, minimal medical expenditure and ailments and of course, easy grooming and upkeep.
Source: eBay Classified
, Labrador Retrievers , Golden Retrievers and English Cocker Spaniels , are extremely popular in countries across the world but do not top this list.
, English Bull Dog and St. Bernard have been considered as highly overrated dog breeds.
The data gathered by the David McCandles, seems to be biased against big dogs such as
, German Shepherds , Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers as these breeds were rated as inexplicably overrated.
During the research, breeds such as Welsh Springer Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel and Pointers have been overlooked as dog breeds and not much importance has been given to them.
Unfortunately, the prettiest of the dog breeds, namely
, Old English Sheepdogs and Afghan Hounds have been completely ignored on their popularity quotient.
The research study is solely based on the finding by David McCandles.
The data has been based on revenue reports from US
The breeds have been included from the list of breeds listed under the American Kennel Club.