Bella Jane

Bella Jane, an American Bulldog who was rescued by Michele Anderson of Albany, N.Y., takes a break during an animal advocacy day event at the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Mike Groll

Do you want a dog that will easily learn to fetch your paper, live the longest or perform Lassie-level heroics? Perhaps you want the best of everything and seek a pup that is a jack of all doggy trades.

Many pet-seekers choose to adopt purebred dogs because they tend to exhibit traits unique to their breed. A mixed-breed mutt brings a wild card quality that some potential owners choose not to explore. If you have decided on adopting a purebred dog, the next step is to sift through the overwhelming variety of dog breeds (the American Kennel Club currently recognizes 189).

To streamline this process, we created a “Best Dog Breed” index that takes into account a dog breed’s standard characteristics. The index is on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being the highest.

The attributes were weighted as follows:

  • popularity American Kennel Club rankings (25 percent)
  • talents (17.5 percent)
  • health (17.5 percent)
  • personality traits (15 percent)
  • life expectancy (10 percent)
  • trainability (10 percent)

As a result of these curated qualities, the top-ranking dog breeds are generally talented, healthy and well-liked by owners. The following is a look at the top 25 purebred dog breeds, with the lowest index score going first.

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