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Throughout the ages, man has designed breeds that could hunt, guard, or herd according to his needs. Today there are over 173 registered American Kennel Club Breeds. Every breed is assigned to one of eight groups, based on the uses for which the breeds were developed.

Find information on appearance, care, and temperament, as well as facts, photos, and pictures for each breed in this guide! Learn about all eight breed groups.


What are the 8 Groups of Dog Breeds ?

Herding Dog Group

Working Dog Group

Sporting Dog Group

Non Sporting Breeds by Group

Hound Dog Group

Terrier Dog Group

Toy Dog Group

Miscellaneous Dog Group

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Herding Breeds by Group

This Group of Dogs includes the following:

Australian Shepherd
Australian Cattle Dog
Bearded Collie
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Border Collie
Bouvier des Flanders

Canaan Dog
German Shepherd
Old English Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdog
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

The Herding Dog Breeds Group, created in 1983, is the newest AKC classification; its members were formerly members of the Working Group. All breeds share the fabulous ability to control the movement of other animals. A remarkable example is the low-set Corgi, perhaps one foot tall at the shoulders, which can drive a herd of cows many times its size to pasture by leaping and nipping at their heels. The vast majority of these herding dogs, as household pets,will never cross paths with a farm animal. Nevertheless, pure instinct prompts many of these dogs to gently herd their owners, especially the children of the family. In general, these intelligent dogs make excellent companions and respond beautifully to training exercises.

Working Breeds by Group

This Group of Dogs includes the following:

Alaskan Malamute
Anatolian Shepherd
Bernese Mountain Dog
Doberman Pinscher
Giant Schnauzer
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Portuguese Water Dog
Saint Bernard
Siberian Husky
Standard Schnauzer

Dogs of the Working Dog Breeds Group were bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, pulling sleds, and performing water rescues. They have been invaluable assets to man throughout the ages. The Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky, and Great Dane are included in this dog breed Group, to name just a few. Quick to learn, these intelligent, capable animals make solid companions. Their considerable dimensions and strength alone, however, make many working breeds unsuitable as pets for average families. And again, by virtue of their size alone, these dogs must be properly trained.

Sporting Breeds by Group

Sporting Breeds by Group

Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. Members of the Group include pointers, retrievers, setters, and spaniels. Remarkable for their instincts in water and woods, many of these breeds actively continue to participate in hunting and other field activities. Potential owners of Sporting dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorating exercise.

This Group of Dogs includes the following:

American Water Spaniel
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever
English Cocker Spaniel
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
Field Spaniel
Flat-Coated Retriever
German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Water Setter
Labrador Retriever
Sussex Spaniel
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Non-Sporting Breeds by Group

This Group of Dog Breeds includes the following:

French Bulldog
Lhasa Apso
Shiba Inu
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier

American Eskimo
Bichon Frieze
Boston Terrier
Chinese Shar-pei
Chow Chow
Finnish Spitz

Non sporting dog breeds are a diverse group. Here are sturdy animals with as different personalities and appearances as the Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, and Keeshond. Talk about differences in size, coat, and visage! Some, like the Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel, are uncommon sights in the average neighborhood. Others, however, like the Poodle and Lhasa Apso, have quite a large following. The dogs in the Non Sporting breed Group are a varied collection in terms of size, coat, personality, and overall appearance.

Hound Breeds by Group

Hound Do Breeds by Group

Most dogs of the hound group share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some use acute scenting powers to follow a trail. Others demonstrate a phenomenal gift of stamina as they relentlessly run down quarry. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by, since the Group encompasses quite a diverse lot. There are Pharaoh Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Afghans, and Beagles, among others. Some hounds share the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying. You'd best sample this sound before you decide to get a hound of your own to be sure it's your cup of tea.

This Group of Dog Breeds includes the following:

Afghan Hound
American Foxhound
Basset Hound
Black and Tan Coonhound
English Foxhound

Irish Wolfhound
Norwegian Elkhound
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Pharaoh Hound
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Scottish Deerhound

Terrier Breeds by Group

This Group of Dog Breeds includes the following:

Airedale Terrier
American Staffordshire
Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Dandie Dinmont
Fox Terrier
Fox Terrier (Wire)
Irish Terrier
Kerry Blue

Minature Bull
Minature Schnauzer
Parson Russell
Scottish Terrier
Skye Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaton
Staffordshire Bull
West Highland White

People familiar with this Group of Terrier breeds invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality. These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn, Rat or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin: Rat Terriers are an excellent example. Many continue to project the attitude that they're always eager for a spirited argument. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determination to match their dogs' lively characters.

Toy Breeds by Group

This Group of Dog Breeds includes the following:

Brussels Griffon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chinese Crested
English Toy Spaniel
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin

Miniature Pinscher
Shih Tzu
Silky Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

The diminutive size and winsome expressions of Toy dogs illustrate the main function of this Group: to embody sheer delight. Don't let their tiny statue fool you, though - many Toys are tough as nails. If you haven't yet experienced the barking of an angry Chihuahua, for example, well, just wait. Toy breeds will always be popular with city dwellers and people without much living space. They make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights. (Incidentally, small dog breeds may be found in every Group, not just the Toy Group. We advise everyone to seriously consider getting a small breed, when appropriate, if for no other reason than to minimize some of the problems inherent in canines such as shedding, creating messes, and cost of care. And training aside, it's still easier to control a ten-pound dog than it is one ten times that size).

Miscellaneous Dogs by Group

Authorities acknowledge that throughout the world there are several hundred distinct dog breeds of purebred origin, not all of which are AKC recognized breeds. Those officially recognized for AKC registration appear in the Stud Book of the American Kennel Club. The AKC provides a regular path of development for a new dog breed, which may result in that breed's full recognition and appearance in the official Stud Book as an AKC recognized dog breed.

Briefly stated, the requirement for admission to the Stud Book is clear and categorical proof that a substantial, sustained nationwide interest and activity in the breed exists. This includes an active parent club, with serious and expanding breeding activity over a wide geographic area.

When in the judgment of the Board of Directors such interest and activity exists, a dog breed is admitted to the Miscellaneous Class. Breeds in the Miscellaneous Class may compete in AKC obedience trials and earn obedience titles. They may also compete at conformation shows, but here are limited to competition in the Miscellaneous Class and are not eligible for championship points.

When the Board of Directors is satisfied that a dog breed is continuing a healthy, dynamic growth in the Miscellaneous Class, it may be admitted to registration in the Stud Book and the opportunity to compete in regular classes.

This class of Dogs includes the following:

Plott Hound
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Spinone Italiano

UKC registered Rat Terrier

Rat Terriers - Information – Appearance

The UKC registered the Rat Terrier in 1999 and coined the official breed standard (the first breed standard was set in 1994 by the Rat Terrier Club of America). According to this, the Rat Terrier is an energetic active dog with the body slightly longer than the legs. The Standard Rat Terrier should stand about 13-18 inches at the shoulder, whereas the smaller variety, the Miniature Rat Terrier, should be less than 13 inches measured at the withers.

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