Comparison survey rates each breed to work out which really is man’s best friend


The collie has been named man’s best friend in a new study that rates the attributes of each breed.

At the other end of the scale, the bulldog was rated as the most overrated pooch, in the study by journalist David McCandless.

The research, which was done for his website, Information is beautiful, ranked each breed on cost, intelligence, health, lifespan, and ease of grooming.

The Border collie ranked highly because of its intelligence, obedience, and average lifespan of 12 years.

Developed in the Scottish border region for herding livestock experts say they have unlimited energy and stamina.

It wasn’t all good news for the collie. The same study also placed it 29th in a list of family friendly breeds.

Bulldogs, who only have an eight year lifespan, fell down in the data because of their lack of intelligence, price, and poor health.

Other dogs who were also reportedly labeled overrated, included the German shepherd, Great Dane and the Saint Bernard.

The research apparently named the Border terrier as the most ‘over-looked treasure.’


Source: Daily Mail / Nov. 15, 2014



  1. Interesting… Ellie is a collie cross but her collie traits are the strongest. She is intelligent (search and Rescue are her thing) and it took us a while to realize she will socialize with people in her own good time.

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