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Herding Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Herding

Herding Dog Group

The Herding Group, created in 1983, is the newest AKC classification; its members were formerly members of the Working Group. Dogs in this breed group have the ability to control the movement of other animals. For example, the Corgi, perhaps only one foot tall at the shoulders, can drive a herd of cows many times…

Hound Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Hound

Hound Dog Group

Most hounds 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 were relentlessly run down quarry. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by since the Group encompasses quite a diverse lot. There…

Non-Sporting Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Non-Sporting

Non-Sporting Dog Group

The non-sporting group dogs are sturdy animals with different personalities and appearances such as the Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, and Keeshond. Some, like the Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel, are seldom seen. Others, however, like the Poodle and Lhasa Apso, are rather common. The breeds in the Non-Sporting Group are varied in size, coat, personality,…

Sporting Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Sporting

Sporting Dog Group

Sporting dogs make likable, well-rounded pets. Members of the Sporting Group include pointers, retrievers, setters, and spaniels. Known for their instincts in water and woods, many breeds still actively participate in hunting and other field activities. Owners of Sporting Group dogs need to realize that most require regular, vigorous exercise, something you should consider before…

Terrier Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Terrier

Terrier Dog Group

The terriers are among the broadest group of breeds around. They range in size from a tiny toy Yorkie to the huge Airedale, from the scrappy but small Westie to the sometimes sweet, sometimes ferocious American Pit Bull Terrier. In between are a whole smorgasbord of breeds. Jack Russells remain a great favorite, thanks to…

Toy Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Toy

Toy Dog Group

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 stature fool you, although many Toys are tough as nails. If you haven’t yet experienced the barking of an angry Chihuahua, for example, well, just wait. Toy dogs will always be popular…

Working Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Working

Working Dog Group

Dogs of the Working Dog 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 Group, to name just a few. Quick to learn, these intelligent, capable…

Miscellaneous Class Dog Group
AKC Groups | Articles | Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Class Dog Group

The types presently eligible to take part in the Miscellaneous Class are still signed up in the AKC Foundation Stock Service registration is maintained until the AKC Board of Supervisors approves the type for routine status. Authorities recognize that throughout the globe there are hundreds of distinct dog breeds, not all which are AKC recognized….