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In your opinion, is?
For me, I think it is the Malinois. Can do agility, IPO, disc dog, dock diving... Seen it do all, and do it good.
For example, Border Collies are often not suited for IPO or other bitesports. And of course, everyone says their breed is the best.
 

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First breed that came to mind for me too. You didn't include a lot of sports though. Nosework, barnhunt, flyball, obedience, lure coursing, herding come to mind. Malinois? Suspect so.
 

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Don't forget weight pull, water rescue, and k9 freestyle!

Haven't done much with dog sports myself, so not sure if I could judge fairly. I think even with Malinois it'd probably be unusual to get a dog that could excel at all those sports, but there's probably a lot of breeds that would enjoy most sports (and could be competitive in a couple).
 

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Hang on guys, I can’t list all sports off the top of my head :D And of course I don’t mean a breed that could be a world champion in all of them.
 

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Be hard to say any exact breed though a Malinois does fit a lot of areas so does a common Staffordshire bull terrier, a Dogo can do everything from agility to IPO to big game hunting.
 

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I would agree with the Malinois. They tend to be a jack of all trades, master of many. Though a nicely bred German Shepherd is also incredibly versatile and can do well at most sports. They also tend to be less insane for those who don’t want to go to the level of a Belgian.
 

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Versatility can be pretty subjective. And really, I don't think one breed can "do it all". That's why we have 150+ breeds.

But for general fun / competitiveness as a well-rounded weekend warrior, I'd probably include the Standard Poodle and Giant Schnauzer.
 

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Most to the breeds who are really really good at something are specialists. So 'ultimate sports dog' meaning 'will kill it and be an absolute master of *A* sport or sports relying on a narrow skill set/ability' or be hugely versatile across the most sports?

Because for pure versatility/can do well at a ton of sports AND be a really good family pet/live in a bunch of diverse environments, from farm to urban center?

I'm going poodles, goldens, labs, working cockers, and a whole lot of sporting mixes.

Yes, IPO/bitework removes a lot of breeds from that, but dogs who excel at IPO/bitework and could also go be, I don't know, a therapy dog or live in an apartment aren't high. Dogs who can do an awesome job agility, obedience, barn hunt, dock diving, flyball, get trick titles, nosework, AND do therapy dog work and live anywhere you want them to be. For me, that's more versatility of the sort *I*, personally, am concerned about in my life. Though I do agree with petpeeve that no breed can do it all.

I do love Mals, though.
 

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Of course I say German Shepherd, tho for jumping sports (disc dog) this is not the dog.

A well bred GSD will be able to do IPO well and can transition to therapy work. I know a few. In fact, the older style temperament GSD would bite for real and then turn around and take care of kids and seniors alike. I had one of those. I know of a good one now but she is not mine.
 
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