Dog Breed Groups

Herding Group

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


Hound Group

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


Non-sporting Group

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


Sporting Group

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


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.


Toy Group

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


Working Group

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


Foundation Stock Service

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


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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