A definitive ranking of the most overrated and underrated dog breeds

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This chart, from David McCandless‘ fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of the breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

The result: Border Collies, according to McCandless, are the finest dog breed in existence. Labs, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers, while not at the very top, are other popular dogs (at the top right of the chart) that he rates highly.

On the other hand, the formula seems to penalize big dogs. German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Saint Bernards, all in the top left quadrant, are in McCandless’ words, “inexplicably overrated.” The formula also uncovers some overlooked breeds, at the bottom right, that should be more popular, like Border Terriers and Pointers.

Finally, on the bottom left, the chart shows the breeds that are unpopular and properly so: Old English Sheepdogs, Borzois, and Afghan Hounds.

Poor, poor Afghan Hounds:

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Brian Buckley

Oxley Studio Gallery is home to artist bri.buckley aka Brian Buckley.  Brian is an abstract mixed media artist who likes to pluck colours from the rainbow to produce upcycled art. Check out some of his work below, prints are available for purchase via Society6.

greyhound trap 1
greyhound trap 1
the dobermann
the dobermann
Le Lab d'or
Le Lab d’or
dog cat gothic
dog cat gothic
the bulldog
the bulldog
the dalmatian
the dalmatian
murphy
murphy
bull terrier days
bull terrier days
peace dog
peace dog
the great dane
the great dane
Schnauzer modern
Schnauzer modern
the pug
the pug
the dude
the dude