The Azawakh was recognized by the American Kennel Club on January 1, 2019, and for the first time ever is eligible for entry in the regular classes for conformation competition at the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills. The Beverly Hills Dog Show marks its first appearance on a nationally-televised show.

Tall and elegant, the Azawakh is a West African sighthound that originates from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. The Azawakh has a short, fine coat which may come in any color or color combinations: red, clear sand to fawn, brindled, parti-color (which may be predominantly white), blue, black and brown. The head may have a black mask and there may be white markings on the legs, bib and at the tip of tail. There are no color or marking disqualifications in the breed. Befitting its heritage, the Azawakh excels as a companion, guardian and a lure courser in the United States.

 

 

 

Each of the more than 190 AKC registered breeds and varieties are assigned to one of seven groups representing characteristics and functions the breeds were originally bred for. The First In Group from among each of these seven groups compete against each other for Best In Show.

 

 

TERRIER GROUP

All but two of the terriers evolved in the British Isles. The geography of the specific area (water, rocky terrain) helped to determine the exact duties of each breed, but it usually involved hunting vermin and varmints ranging from rats to badgers to otters and more. These are dogs of great determination, courage and self-confidence, with a great willingness to go to ground in search of its quarry.

 

 

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

 

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TOY GROUP

Toy dogs have been around for centuries, and are bred for one purpose: to be companions for their humans. Many have been bred down from and still resemble their larger cousins. Their small size and portability make them ideal for city dwellers and those with limited space.

 

 

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

 

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WORKING GROUP

While the uses and appearances of the dogs in the Working Group vary, most are powerfully built and intelligent, performing various tasks for their people. These dogs are working farm and draft animals. They guard homes and livestock, serve heroically as police and military dogs, security dogs, guide and service dogs and hunters.

 

Akita Doberman Pinscher  Mastiff
 Alaskan Malamute  Dogue De Bordeaux  Neopolitan Mastiff
 Anatolian Shepherd Dog  German Pinscher  Newfoundland
 Bernese Mountain Dog  Giant Schnauzer  Portuguese Water Dog
 Black Russian Terrier  Great Dane  Rottweiler
 Boerboel  Great Pyrenees  Samoyed
 Boxer  Greater Swiss Mountain Dog  Siberian Husky
 Bullmastiff  Komondor  Standard Schnauzer
 Cane Corso  Kuvasz  Tibetan Mastiff
 Chinook  Leonberger  St. Bernard

 

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SPORTING GROUP

The invention of the gun led to the development of the sporting, or gun dogs, to aid in hunting upland game birds or waterfowl, performing at the direction of the hunter.While a number of these breeds perform more than one task, it is generally the duty of pointers and setters to point and mark game; for spaniels to flush game; and for retrievers to recover dead and wounded game.

 

 

American Water Spaniel  Field Spaniel  Lagotto Romagnolo
 Boykin Spaniel  Flat Coated Retriever  Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
 Brittany  German Shorthaired Pointer  Pointer
Chesapeake Bay Retriever  German Wirehaired Pointer  Spinone Italiano
Clumber Spaniel  Golden Retriever  Sussex Spaniel
 Cocker Spaniel  Gordon Setter  Viszla
 Curly Coated Retriever  Irish Red and White Setter  Weimaraner
 English Cocker Spaniel  Irish Setter  Welsh Springer Spaniel
 English Setter  Irish Water Spaniel  Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
 English Springer Spaniel  Labrador Retriever  Wirehaired Viszla

 

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HOUND GROUP
Originally classified as sporting dogs because of their function as hunters, breeds in the Hound Group are of a great variety of size, shape and coat. Most of these breeds were developed to hunt somewhat independently for their humans, who usually followed on foot or on horseback as the hounds chased down the prey. This group informally consists of scent hounds, dogs that hunt by tracking a scent, and sight hounds, who spot their game and run it down.

 

Afghan Hound  Cirneco Dell’Etna  Pharoah Hound
 American English Coonhound  Dachshund Plott
American Foxhound  English Foxhound Redbone Coonhound
 Basenji  Greyhound Rhodesian Ridgeback
 Basset Hound  Harrier  Saluki
 Beagle  Ibizan Hound  Scottish Deerhound
 Black and Tan Coonhound  Irish Wolfhound  Sloughi
 Bloodhound  Norwegian Elkhound  Treeing Walker Coonhound
Bluetick Coonhound  Otterhound  Whippet
 Borzoi  Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

 

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NON-SPORTING GROUP

The AKC originally registered dogs as either Sporting or Non-Sporting. Eventually, hounds and terriers were split from the Sporting Group, and the Toys and Working dogs were split off from Non-Sporting, with the Herding Group eventually splitting from Working. Today, the Non-Sporting Group is literally every breed that is left, resulting in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, hair, function and history.

 

 

American Eskimo Dog  Finnish Spitz  Shiba Inu
 Bichon Frise  French Bulldog  Standard Poodle
 Boston Terrier  Keeshond  Tibetan Spaniel
 Bulldog  Lhasa Apso Tibetan Terrier
 Chinese Shar-Pei  Lowchen  Xoloitzcuintli
 Chow Chow  Miniature Poodle
 Coton De Tulear  Norwegian Lundehund
 Dalmatian  Schipperke

 

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HERDING GROUP

Herding is a natural instinct in dogs that is seen in the wild. Humans have used that instinct to their advantage on farms and ranches with herding dogs who have the sole purpose of gathering and moving livestock from one place to another.

 

Australian Cattle Dog  Briard  Pembroke Welsh Corgi
 Australian Shepherd  Canaan Dog Pembroke Welsh Corgi
 Bearded Collie  Cardigan Welsh Corgi Polish Lowland Sheepdog
 Beauceron Collie Puli
 Belgian Malinois Entlebucher Mountain Dog  Pumi
 Belgian Sheepdog  Finnish Laphund  Pyrenean Shepherd
 Belgian Tervuren  German Shepherd Dog  Shetland Sheepdog
 Bergamasco  Icelandic Sheepdog  Spanish Water Dog
Berger Picard  Miniature American Shepherd  Swedish Vallhund
 Border Collie Norwegian Buhund
Bouvier Des Flandres  Old English Sheepdog


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