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 Miniature Schnauzer
American Hairless Terrier Norfolk Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier Norwich Terrier
Australian Terrier Parson Russell Terrier
Bedlington Terrier Rat Terrier
Border Terrier Russell Terrier
Bull Terrier Scottish Terrier
Cairn Terrier Sealyham Terrier
Cesky Terrier Skye Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Smooth Fox Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Irish Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier Welsh Terrier
Lakeland Terrier West Highland White Terrier
Manchester Terrier Wire Fox Terrier
Miniature Bull 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 Miniature Pinscher
Brussels Griffon Papillon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pekingese
Chihuahua Pomeranian
Chinese Crested Toy Poodle
English Toy Spaniel Pug
Havanese Shih Tzu
Italian Greyhound Silky Terrier
Japanese Chin Toy Fox Terrier
Maltese Yorkshire Terrier
Manchester Terrier

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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 Great Pyrenees
Alaskan Malamute Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Komondor
Bernese Mountain Dog Kuvasz
Black Russian Terrier Leonberger
Boerboel Mastiff
Boxer Neopolitan Mastiff
Bullmastiff Newfoundland
Cane Corso Portuguese Water Dog
Chinook Rottweiler
Doberman Pinscher Samoyed
Dogue De Bordeaux Siberian Husky
German Pinscher Standard Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzer Tibetan Mastiff
Great Dane 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 Gordon Setter
Boykin Spaniel Irish Red and White Setter
Brittany Irish Setter
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Irish Water Spaniel
Clumber Spaniel Labrador Retriever
Cocker Spaniel Lagotto Romagnolo
Curly Coated Retriever Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
English Cocker Spaniel Pointer
English Setter Spinone Italiano
English Springer Spaniel Sussex Spaniel
Field Spaniel Viszla
Flat Coated Retriever Weimaraner
German Shorthaired Pointer Welsh Springer Spaniel
German Wirehaired Pointer Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Golden 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 Ibizan Hound
American English Coonhound Irish Wolfhound
American Foxhound Norwegian Elkhound
Basenji Otterhound
Basset Hound Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Beagle Pharoah Hound
Black and Tan Coonhound Plott
Bloodhound Redbone Coonhound
Bluetick Coonhound  Rhodesian Ridgeback
Borzoi  Saluki
Cirneco Dell’Etna Scottish Deerhound
Dachshund  Sloughi
English Foxhound  Treeing Walker Coonhound
Greyhound Whippet
Harrier

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

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

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