Dog Breeds From Around the World

Dogs froma round the world

When it comes to pedigree or purebred breeds of dog there are literally hundreds to choose from.

Dog breeds are generally characterized by the category of dog, such as sporting dogs (gun dogs), non-sporting dogs, working dogs, herding dogs, retrievers, hounds, scent hounds, sight hounds, toy dogs, terrier dogs, big dogs, small dogs, miniature dogs and even more rare breeds of dog!

The American Kennel ClubAKC, recognizes over 150 types of dog breeds and are categorized by the appropriate groups.

Here are the recognized breeds per category according to the AKC along with a brief description of each type of dog in each group.

Grops of Dog Breeds Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Sporting Dogs – known as Gun Dogs in UK

Dogs from the sporting group are very active and alert. They make good household pets for the most part. They are loving and loyal companions. Sporting dogs have a gentle disposition and can be highly trained.

This group of dogs includes retrievers, spaniels, pointers and setters. The Labrador retriever and the golden retriever account for a quarter of all dogs registered each year with the AKC, and that is over a million dogs registered each year.

Owners of sporting dogs should consider their need for regular energetic exercise and not just daily walks.

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. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever
22. Pointer
23. Spinone Italiano
24. Sussex Spaniel
25. Vizsla
26. Welsh Springer Spaniel
27. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
28. Wirehaired Vizsla

Non-Sporting Dog Group

This group of dogs vary in appearance, personality and characteristics from the Dalmatian to the Chow Chow. This group is made up of dogs that didn’t fit into the other categories. Some like the Bichon Frise make an ideal pampered pet.

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

Working Dog Group

Working dogs have been around for centuries when man first adopted them to help guard cattle and livestock. They became their constant companions, sleeping and eating their meals together. Working dogs are strong dogs and therefore need to be well trained for family life. Some may be considered too big to live in a smaller apartment or home.

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 Pyranees
17. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
18. Komondor
19. Kuvasz
20. Leonberger
21. Mastiff
22. Neopolitan Mastiff
23. Newfoundland
24. Portuguese Water dog
25. Rottweiler
26. Samoyed
27. Siberian Husky
28. Standard Schnauzer
29. Tibetan Mastiff
30. St. Bernard

Hound Dog Group

The hound dog pre-dated the sporting group of gun dogs as they have been hunting down their quarry for decades. Hounds have an excellent sense of smell and great stamina and some are extremely fast. Police use bloodhounds to help track missing persons and fugitives.

Hounds make great pets, they are faithful and reliable however, they can howl. Be sure you can live with it if you get a howler. Retired greyhounds are being adopted as pets and they make excellent companions however if you have small children please do due diligence. Understand these greyhounds have been bred to chase mechanical rabbits all their life so they must just instinctively chase young children. Ideally a mature household works best.

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

Terriers Dog Group

Terriers are an active and rather feisty dog that are full of energy. Typically terriers have a wiry coat that requires special grooming called stripping. Terriers were originally bred mainly in the UK and Ireland for controlling the population of rats, rabbits and foxes both underground and above. Today’s terriers are mainly bred for pets though hunting may still be a natural instinct for them. They make good companions as long as you have an active family.

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

Herding Group

This group of dogs only became classed as a group with the AKC in 1983. The dogs in this group were known as working dogs prior to this date. These dogs are natural herders, don’t be surprised if they “herd” your young children! They make excellent pets are very intelligent and respond well to training.

1. Australian Cattle Dog
2. Australian Shepherd
3. Bearded Collie
4. Beauceron
5. Belgian Malinois
6. Belgian Sheepdog
7. Belgian Tervuren
8. Bergamasco
9. Border Collie
10. Bouvier Des Flandres
11. Briard
12. Canaan Dog
13. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
14. Finnish Lapphund
15. German Shepherd
16. Icelandic Sheepdog
17. Norwegian Buhund
18. Old English Sheepdog
19. Pembroke Welsh Collie
20. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
21. Puli
22. Pyrenean Shepherd
23. Shetland Sheepdog
24. Swedish Vallhund

Toy Dog Group

Toy dogs are very popular with people living in the city, in homes and apartments. They live to make you happy and just adore being a pampered pet. If you are looking for a small breed of dog, please also look through the other groups of dogs as small breeds can also be found there.

Toy dogs make an excellent choice of pet for someone that is older or disabled and may find it hard to control a strong 150lb dog! These dogs typically love nothing better than keeping your lap warm.

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
17. Pug
18. Shih Tzu
19. Silky Terrier
20. Toy Fox Terrier
21. Yorkshire Terrier

There are many more different dog breeds around the world in addition to the AKC recognized group.

For example, in recent times breeders are creating new hybrid dogs, which are not breeds as they are a ‘mix’ however they sell for high prices. These are the ‘doodle’ breeds that are bred to incorporate the intelligence, non-shedding and hypo-allergenic properties of the poodle dog with a variety of ‘new’ breeds as a result.

• Bassetoodle Basset Hound / Poodle
• Boxerdoodle – Boxer / Poodle
• Cockadoodle Cocker Spaniel /Poodle
• Labradoodle Labrador /Poodle
• Goldendoodle Golden Retriever and Poodle

And, the list goes on and on. Most people believe that the “doodle” dog is guaranteed not to shed however this is not the case. It depends what genes the puppy inherits from mum and dad. The likelihood is good however that you will end up with a non-shedding or low shedding dog.

The doodles vary in appearance from each other, no two Labradoodles look alike. Also it is quite common for them to be quite curly early on and later lose some of their curls. I have seen a black “Goldendoodle” so there is a huge variety available with these type of mixed breeds.
Then there’s the designer dogs as they are called by the media, the “poos.”

• Pomapoo Pomeranian / Poodle
• Pugapoo Pug/Poodle
• Corgipoo Corgi/Poodle
• Jackapoo Jack Russell/Poodle
Just about every type of dog has been mixed with the Poodle for creating the perfect companion pooch.

As you can see there are many breeds of dogs around the world. Add to this the mutts, and we have a great variety of four-legged friends.

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