The Herding Group, created in 1983, is the newest AKC classification; its members were formerly members of the Working Group. All breeds share the fabulous ability to control the movement of other animals. A remarkable example is the low-set Corgi, perhaps one foot tall at the shoulders, which can drive a herd of cows many times its size to pasture by leaping and nipping at their heels. The vast majority of Herding dogs, as household pets, never cross paths with a farm animal. Nevertheless, pure instinct prompts many of these dogs to gently herd their owners, especially the children of the family. In general, these intelligent dogs make excellent companions and respond beautifully to training exercises.

  1. Australian Cattle Dog
  2. Australian Shepherd
  3. Bearded Collie
  4. Beauceron
  5. Belgian Malinois
  6. Belgian Sheepdog
  7. Belgian Tervuren
  8. Bergamasco
  9. Berger Picard
  10. Border Collie
  11. Bouvier des Flandres
  12. Briard
  13. Canaan Dog
  14. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  15. Collie
  16. Entlebucher Moutain Dog
  17. Finnish Lapphund
  18. German Shepherd Dog
  19. Icelandic Sheepdog
  20. Miniature American Shepherd
  21. Norwegian Buhund
  22. Old English Sheepdog
  23. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  24. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  25. Puli
  26. Pumi
  27. Pyrenean Shepherd
  28. Shetland Sheepdog
  29. Spanish Water Dog
  30. Swedish Vallhund


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 relentlessly run down quarry. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by, since the Group encompasses quite a diverse lot. There are Pharaoh Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Afghans and Beagles, among others. Some hounds share the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying. You'd best sample this sound before you decide to get a hound of your own to be sure it's your cup of tea.

  1. Afghan Hound
  2. American English Coonhound
  3. American Foxhound
  4. Basenji
  5. Basset Hound
  6. Beagle
  7. Black and Tan Coonhound
  8. Bloodhound
  9. Bluetick Coonhound
  10. Borzoi
  11. Cirneco Dell’Etna
  12. Dachshund
  13. English Foxhound
  14. Greyhound
  15. Harrier
  16. Ibizan Hound
  17. Irish Wolfhound
  18. Norwegian Elkhound
  19. Otterhound
  20. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  21. Pharaoh Hound
  22. Plott
  23. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
  24. Redbone Coonhound
  25. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  26. Saluki
  27. Scottish Deerhound
  28. Sloughi
  29. Treeing Walker Coonhound
  30. Whippet


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, though - - 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 with city dwellers and people without much living space. They make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights. (Incidentally, small breeds may be found in every Group, not just the Toy Group. We advise everyone to seriously consider getting a small breed, when appropriate, if for no other reason than to minimize some of the problems inherent in canines such as shedding, creating messes and cost of care. And training aside, it's still easier to control a ten-pound dog than it is one ten times that size.)

  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Brussels Griffon
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  4. Chihuahua
  5. Chinese Crested
  6. English Toy Spaniel
  7. Havanese
  8. Italian Greyhound
  9. Japanese Chin
  10. Maltese
  11. Manchester Terrier
  12. Miniature Pinscher
  13. Papillon
  14. Pekingese
  15. Pomeranian
  16. Poodle (Toy)
  17. Pug
  18. Shih Tzu
  19. Silky Terrier
  20. Toy Fox Terrier
  21. Yorkshire Terrier


Non-sporting dogs are a diverse group. Here are sturdy animals with as different personalities and appearances as the Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, and Keeshond. Talk about differences in size, coat, and visage! Some, like the Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel are uncommon sights in the average neighborhood. Others, however, like the Poodle and Lhasa Apso, have quite a large following. The breeds in the Non-Sporting Group are a varied collection in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance.

  1. American Eskimo Dog
  2. Bichon Frise
  3. Boston Terrier
  4. Bulldog
  5. Chinese Shar-Pei
  6. Chow Chow
  7. Coton De Tulear
  8. Dalmatian
  9. Finish Spitz
  10. French Bulldog
  11. Keeshond
  12. Lhasa Apso
  13. Lowchen
  14. Norwegian Lundhund
  15. Poodle
  16. Schipperke
  17. Shiba Inu
  18. Tibetan Spaniel
  19. Tibetan Terrier
  20. Xoloitzcuintli


Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. Members of the Group include pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels. Remarkable for their instincts in water and woods, many of these breeds actively continue to participate in hunting and other field activities. Potential owners of Sporting dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorating exercise.

  1. American Water Spaniel
  2. Boykin Spaniel
  3. Brittany
  4. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  5. Clumber Spaniel
  6. Cocker Spaniel
  7. Curly-Coated Retriever
  8. English Cocker Spaniel
  9. English Setter
  10. English Springer Spaniel
  11. Field Spaniel
  12. Flat-Coated Retriever
  13. German Shorthaired Pointer
  14. German Wirehaired Pointer
  15. Golden Retriever
  16. Gordon Setter
  17. Irish Red and White Setter
  18. Irish Setter
  19. Irish Water Spaniel
  20. Labrador Retriever
  21. Lagotto Romagnolo
  22. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  23. Pointer
  24. Spinone Italiano
  25. Sussex Spaniel
  26. Vizsla
  27. Weimaraner
  28. Welsh Springer Spaniel
  29. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  30. Wirehaired Vizsla


People familiar with this Group invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality. 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. Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Many continue to project the attitude that they're always eager for a spirited argument. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determination to match their dogs' lively characters.

  1. Airedale Terrier
  2. American Hairless Terrier
  3. American Staffordshire Terrier
  4. Australian Terrier
  5. Bedlington Terrier
  6. Border Terrier
  7. Bull Terrier
  8. Cairn Terrier
  9. Cesky Terrier
  10. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  11. Glen of Imaal Terrier
  12. Irish Terrier
  13. Kerry Blue Terrier
  14. Lakeland Terrier
  15. Manchester Terrier
  16. Miniature Bull Terrier
  17. Miniature Schnauzer
  18. Norfolk Terrier
  19. Norwich Terrier
  20. Parson Russell Terrier
  21. Rat Terrier
  22. Russell Terrier
  23. Scottish Terrier
  24. Sealyham Terrier
  25. Skye Terrier
  26. Smooth Fox Terrier
  27. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  28. Welsh Terrier
  29. West Highland White Terrier
  30. Wire Fox Terrier


Dogs of the Working 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 animals make solid companions. Their considerable dimensions and strength alone, however, make many working dogs unsuitable as pets for average families. And again, by virtue of their size alone, these dogs must be properly trained.

  1. Akita
  2. Alaskan Malamute
  3. Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  4. Bernese Mountain Dog
  5. Black Russian Terrier
  6. Boerboel
  7. Boxer
  8. Bullmastiff
  9. Cane Corso
  10. Chinook
  11. Doberman Pinscher
  12. Dogue de Bordeaux
  13. German Pinscher
  14. Giant Schnauzer
  15. Great Dane
  16. Great Pyrenees
  17. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  18. Komondor
  19. Kuvasz
  20. Leonberger
  21. Mastiff
  22. Neapolitan Mastiff
  23. Newfoundland
  24. Portuguese Water Dog
  25. Rottweiler
  26. Samoyed
  27. Siberian Husky
  28. Standard Schnauzer
  29. Tibetan Mastiff
  30. St. Bernard


The breeds currently eligible to participate in the Miscellaneous Class are still enrolled in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®. FSS® enrollment is maintained until the AKC Board of Directors accepts the breed for regular status. Authorities acknowledge that throughout the world there are several hundred distinct breeds of purebred dogs, not all of which are AKC recognized breeds. Those officially recognized for AKC registration appear in the Stud Book of the American Kennel Club. 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.

  1. Azawakh
  2. Belgian Laekenois
  3. Dogo Argentino
  4. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
  5. Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
  6. Norrbottenspets
  7. Peruvian Inca Orchid
  8. Portuguese Podengo