AKC Facts and Stats

AKC Breeds and Varieties List


As of June 30, 2011 there are 173 BREEDS with REGULAR STATUS that are eligible to compete for championship points at AKC shows. The most recent breeds to gain acceptance are the American English Coonhound (Hound group), Cesky Terrier (Terrier group), and Finnish Lapphund (Herding group).  On January 1, 2012 AKC will welcome the following breed to regular status: the Treeing Walker Coonhound, which will increase the number of AKC breeds to 174.

VARIETY is a division of a breed based on coat or color or size.  There are nine breeds that are divided into varieties, making a total of 186 BREEDS AND VARIETIES with regular status.

Beagles – 13”, 15”
Bull Terriers – Colored, White
Chihuahuas – Long Coat, Smooth Coat
Cocker Spaniels – Black, ASCOB, Parti-Color
Collies – Rough, Smooth
Dachshunds – Longhaired, Smooth, Wirehaired
English Toy Spaniels – Blenheim and Prince Charles, King Charles and Ruby
Poodles – Toy, Miniature, Standard
Manchester Terriers – Standard, Toy

These breeds and varieties are divided into seven groups:

SPORTING (30 dogs) : American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Brittany, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel (Black), Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB), Cocker Spaniel (Parti-Color), 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 Red & White 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 (29 dogs) : Afghan Hound, American English Coonhound, American Foxhound, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle (13”), Beagle (15”), Black and Tan Coonhound, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Dachshund (Longhaired), Dachshund (Smooth), Dachshund (Wirehaired), English Foxhound, Greyhound, Harrier, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Norwegian Elkhound, Otterhound, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, Pharaoh Hound, Plott, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Whippet, Bluetick Coonhound,  Redbone Coonhound

WORKING (28 dogs) : Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Black Russian Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso , Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Komondor, Kuvasz, Mastiff, Leonberger, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Standard Schnauzer, Tibetan Mastiff

TERRIER (29 dogs) : Airedale Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Border Terrier, Bull Terrier (Colored), Bull Terrier (White), Cairn Terrier, Cesky Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Irish Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Manchester Terrier (Standard), 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 (23 dogs) : Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua (Long Coat), Chihuahua (Smooth Coat), Chinese Crested, English Toy Spaniel (Blenheim and Prince Charles), English Toy Spaniel (King Charles and Ruby), Havanese, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Manchester Terrier (Toy), Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Poodle (Toy), Pug, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

NON-SPORTING (20 dogs) : American Eskimo Dog, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldog, Keeshond, Lhasa Apso, Löwchen, Norwegian Lundehund, Poodle (Miniature), Poodle (Standard), Schipperke, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier , Xoloitzcuintli

HERDING (26 dogs) : Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Beauceron, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collie, Bouvier des Flandres, Briard, Canaan Dog, Collie (Rough), Collie (Smooth), Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Finnish Lapphund, German Shepherd Dog, Icelandic Sheepdog, Norwegian Buhund, Old English Sheepdog, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Puli, Pyrenean Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog, Swedish Vallhund, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi

There are 14 additional breeds that can compete in the MISCELLANEOUS CLASS as of June 30, 2011.  The Miscellaneous Class is for FSS breeds that are working towards eventual recognition to Regular Status. Miscellaneous Class breeds include: Azawakh, Belgian Laekenois, Bergamasco, Boergoel, Chinook, Dogo Argentino, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, Pumi, Rat Terrier, Russell Terrier, Sloughi, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Wirehaired Vizsla

The AKC's Foundation Stock Service (FSS) is an optional recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration.  To be eligible for FSS, a breed must be recognized by an acceptable foreign or domestic registry. Presently, there are 60 FSS breeds.

Breeds enrolled in FSS may not compete at AKC conformation events where championship points are awarded, but may participate on a limited scale at the match level.  Coonhound breeds in FSS are also eligible to compete in the AKC coonhound events. Some FSS breeds, which meet certain criteria, may compete in AKC Companion Events (Obedience, Rally, Tracking, and Agility). Requests for these breeds to compete in AKC Performance Events (Earthdog, Lure Coursing, and Hunting Tests) are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Following are the breeds recorded in FSS as of June 30, 2011:

SPORTING (12) : Barbet, Bracco Italiano, Braque du Bourbonnais, Drentsche Patrijshond, German Longhaired Pointer, Kooikerhondje, Lagotto Romagnolo, Portuguese Pointer, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Spanish Water Dog, Stabyhoun, Wirehaired Vizsla

HOUND (12) : Azawakh, Cirneco dell’Etna, Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Hamiltonstovare,  Norrbottenspets, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Portuguese Podengo, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, Sloughi, Thai Ridgeback, Treeing Tennessee Brindle, Treeing Walker Coonhound

WORKING (15) : Boerboel, Caucasian Ovcharka, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Chinook, Danish –Swedish Farmdog, Dogo Argentino, Estrela Mountain Dog, Hovawart, Kai Ken, Karelian Bear Dog, Kishu Ken, Perro de Presa Canario, Rafeiro do Alentjo, Spanish Mastiff, Tosa

TERRIER (2) : Rat Terrier, Russell Terrier

TOY (2) : Bolognese, Russian Toy

NON-SPORTING (4) : Coton de Tulear, Eurasier, German Spitz, Jindo

HERDING (13) : Appenzeller Sennenhunde, Belgian Laekenois, Bergamasco, Berger Picard, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Czechoslovakian Vlcak, Lancashire Heeler, Miniature American Shepherd, Mudi, Pumi, Schapendoes, Slovensky Cuvac, Swedish Lapphund

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