Groups

Dog Breed Groups

Herding Group

Created in 1983, it is the newest AKC classification; its members were formerly members of the Working Group.

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Hound Group

Most hounds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting.

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Non-sporting Group

The breeds in the Non-Sporting Group are a varied collection in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance.

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Sporting Group

Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions.

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Terrier Group

These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier.

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Toy Group

The diminutive size and winsome expressions of Toy dogs illustrate the main function of this Group: to embody sheer delight.

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Working Group

Dogs of the Working Group were bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, pulling sleds and performing water rescues.

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Foundation Stock Service

FSS® breeds are not eligible for AKC registration. Several of the FSS breeds are approved to compete in AKC Companion Events.

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Miscellaneous Class

The AKC provides for a regular path of development for a new breed, which may result in that breed’s full recognition and appearance in the official Stud Book as an AKC recognized breed.

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