Labrador retrievers and German shepherds remain among the most popular dog breeds year after year, but some underrated breeds like the Bedlington terrier and the Tibetian spaniel, despite lower ranks in popularity, have outstanding qualities making them the perfect Fido friends.
Data analysts at PetBreeds, a Graphiq vertical search engine, acquired data from the American Kennel Club’s 2015 dog breed rankings, developed an index and compiled a list of the most underrated dogs. The PetBreeds Index combines seven different breed criteria including: intelligence, longevity, health, lifetime costs, general maintenance, adaptability and protective/guard skills.
Of the 184 pups recognized by the AKC, the breeds showing the largest positive improvements between the PetBreeds Index and the AKC’s ranking were considered the most underrated. In the case of ties, the breeds were listed alphabetically. Some dogs on this list, like the Greyhound are well-known, while others are more obscure. Find out which underestimated canine companion tops the charts.