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The American Kennel Club (AKC) maintains a registry of over 150 breeds of dogs that are divided into seven groups. The groups are:

1) Sporting Breeds - dogs that are used for hunting, such as spaniels, setters, retrievers and pointers which are commonly referred to as Gun Dogs;

2) Hound Breeds - dogs that hunt and track by either sight (sight hounds) or scent (scent hounds);

3) Working Breeds - dogs that work as guard dogs, stock dogs or draft dogs;

4) Terrier Breeds - dogs that originally were used to hunt rodents and vermin;

5) Toy Breeds - small breed dogs bred to fit comfortably in one's lap;

6) Non-Sporting Breeds - dogs that generally don't fit in any other group;

7) Herding Breeds - dogs that are bred to herd sheep, cattle and other stock

Breeds in the Miscellaneous Class are new breeds that are not yet fully recognized by the AKC. They may compete and earn titles in AKC Obedience, Tracking and Agility events. Miscellaneous breeds are also eligible to compete in Junior Showmanship. They may also compete at conformation shows, but here are limited to competition in the Miscellaneous Class and are not eligible for championship points.

Below you will find the seven groups listed with the breeds that make up the group. You can click on any of the groups to learn more about it as well as the breeds in that group.




American Kennel Club (AKC)
Recognized Dog Breeds
By Group

Sporting Group
American Water Spaniel Brittany 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 Spaniel Labrador Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Pointer Spinone Italiano
Sussex Spaniel Vizsla Weimaraner
Welsh Springer Spaniel Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Hound Group
Afghan Hound American Foxhound Basenji
Basset Hound Beagle Black and Tan Coonhound
Bloodhound Borzoi Dachshund
English Foxhound Greyhound Harrier
Ibizan Hound Irish Wolfhound Norwegian Elkhound
Otterhound Petit Basset Griffon VendÚen Pharaoh Hound
Rhodesian Ridgeback Saluki Scottish Deerhound
Whippet

Working Group
Akita Alaskan Malamute Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog Black Russian Terrier Boxer
Bullmastiff Doberman Pinscher German Pinscher
Giant Schnauzer Great Dane Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Komondor Kuvasz
Mastiff Neapolitan Mastiff Newfoundland
Portuguese Water Dog Rottweiler Saint Bernard
Samoyed Siberian Husky Standard Schnauzer

Terrier Group
Airedale Terrier American Staffordshire Terrier Australian Terrier
Bedlington Terrier Border Terrier Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier Dandie Dinmont Terrier Glen of Imaal Terrier
Irish Terrier Kerry Blue Terrier Lakeland Terrier
Manchester Terrier Miniature Bull Terrier Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terrier Norwich Terrier Parson Russell Terrier
Scottish Terrier Sealyham Terrier Skye Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Welsh Terrier West Highland White Terrier Wire Fox Terrier

Toy Group
Affenpinscher Brussels Griffon Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chihuahua Chinese Crested English Toy Spaniel
Havanese Italian Greyhound Japanese Chin
Maltese Manchester Terrier Miniature Pinscher
Papillon Pekingese Pomeranian
Poodle Pug Shih Tzu
Silky Terrier Toy Fox Terrier Yorkshire Terrier

Non-Sporting Group
American Eskimo Dog Bichon Frise Boston Terrier
Bulldog Chinese Shar-Pei Chow Chow
Dalmatian Finnish Spitz French Bulldog
Keeshond Lhasa Apso L÷wchen
Poodle Schipperke Shiba Inu
Tibetan Spaniel Tibetan Terrier

Herding Group
Australian Cattle Dog Australian Shepherd Bearded Collie
Belgian Malinois Belgian Sheepdog Belgian Tervuren
Border Collie Bouvier des Flandres Briard
Canaan Dog Cardigan Welsh Corgi Collie
German Shepherd Dog Old English Sheepdog Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Puli Shetland Sheepdog

Miscellaneous Class
Beauceron Dogue de Bordeaux Plott
Redbone Coonhound Swedish Vallhund Tibetan Mastiff



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