Here’s the small version:
I don’t necessarily agree with the rankings. Not because it makes my dogs look bad (it doesn’t), but because the number of categories used is smaller than the sample of dog breeds. To non-statisticians, this is a technical way of saying that the rankings are arbitrary.
Anyway, I like the way intelligence is shown, although a small number of dogs are shown in a 3/4 position, and I’m not sure that’s showing the data or is chartjunk.
I also like the shading of dog types, although until you’ve lived with different kinds, I’m not sure that this means much to people. I’ve mostly had herding dogs, and our terrier is quite different. And don’t get me started about the two sporting dogs we used to have: it was like living with that dog from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
FWIW: We recently went back and got our third Shetland Sheepdog (aka “Sheltie”). Highly recommended. I am greatly amused that this one walks like the other two did. Shelties can and do run. But they have this determined way of walking around when they think no one is watching that I find endlessly fascinating to spy upon.
You can check out the full size version of the dog breed infographic at Information Is Beautiful.