The AKC's Seven Dog Groups Explained

 The AKC's Seven Dog Groups Explained

Do you want a new dog? Have you really thought about that? Why consider adding a new dog companion to your family in the first place? Have any idea what to look for in a new dog companion? What are your real needs in a dog? What about your desires? There are a lot of things to consider before taking this new bundle of joy home.
 
The AKC's Seven Dog Groups Explained

It is very important, first of all, that you match the general personality of your new dog, his requirements and exercise needs as closely as possible for you and your family. With luck, you can pick an animal that will likely stay with you for 10 years or more, so take some time to research early and you'll be rewarded for your efforts for years to come. 

Did you know that the common dog is found in over 400 different types of breeds around the world? There is a lot more difference between our friend's family dog and to any other mammal known today. The selection of dog types available is really amazing. They come in more sizes, shapes, colors, coat types, abilities, and personalities than you can rock a bone.

Your job, if you decide to accept it, is to find the dog breed that matches your personality as well as your current lifestyle. Dogs, like humans, have many different jobs and most of them were bred for very specific activities. This is probably one of the most important things you need to know before you find the wrong dog. Example: If you're a fan of potatoes, you don't want to bring home a breed of extreme energy dog - and need to express it - or if you're a triathlete, you don't want to bring home a new workout partner with very low exercise requirements. 

Here I will list each of the major AKC dog groups, briefly describe their general purpose and what dogs were originally bred, and list the many functions dogs in each particular group currently perform, plus just a few members of each group. 

. - Herding group:   


These super-intelligent shepherd dog breeds, bred for endurance, work with their owners all day in the fields to transport livestock. In general, these intelligent and energetic shepherd dog breeds make excellent pets and do very well with different types of training such as agility, volleyball, Schutzhund, search and rescue, and l 'obedience. Keep in mind that because these dogs have been bred to do a specific job (herding) they do better when they exercise a lot. 

Some members of the AKC breeding group are the German Shepherd, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, and Bouvier des Flandres. 

- workgroup: 

Dogs were bred in the task force to assist humans with many different jobs - pulling sleds, house guarding or stalking, pulling carts, saving water, etc. These dog breeds have been bred for many generations for very specific purposes and they need jobs to fill their days. They have a very active mind, are highly trainable, and are passionate about work - it is also true that these working dog breeds also require a lot of training. 

Overall, the greater size, strength, and strength of many in this group may make them unsuitable for most families, but they do thrive with suitable companions. Remember, since most of them have been raised to work, they do better with lots of exercises and a specific task at hand. 

Some of the members of the AKC Working Group are Boxer, Alaskan Malamute, Great Dane, Saint Bernard, and Rottweiler. 

- The Hound Group: 


Members of the AKC dog group were bred to help humans while hunting. The dogs are divided into two different groups, dogs track their prey using their wonderful sense of sight (called dogs of vision) or scent (called dogs of scent). The Hunting Dog group possesses some of the oldest dog breeds known to man today. 

Many of these dogs are very noisy due to their hunting history, so it will be a good idea to hear their voices before you decide to own your dog. Additionally, it is also a good idea to keep these dogs leashed at all times, as they can easily be driven by their noses or eyes in situations that could cause them problems. 

Some members of the AKC Hound group are the Basset Hound, Beagle, Bloodhound, Greyhound, and Rhodesian Ridgeback. 


- Terrier Group: 


Members of the canine breed's fiery and lively dog group were bred to hunt insects above and below ground and is often described as "pest control" in the canine world. Usually, these stubborn little dogs have little or no tolerance for fast-moving little animals, the postman, other dogs, etc. They are known for their violent, fiery, and independent natures.

Dogs can make wonderful pets in the right home, but they need a firm owner that matches the dog's spiritual personality. 

Some members of the AKC Terrier group are the Airedale Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Miniature Schnauzer, the Scottish Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier. 

- Group games: 


Toy group dog breeds were just developed to be our companions. Their main job is to please the owners. The one thing that the members of this group of dogs have in common is their small size. Toy dogs are also sometimes referred to as "pocket dogs" because this is where many game breeds prefer to stay in the lap of their master.

It is true that the name "game" is very misleading. Many dog toys are as hard as fingernails. Toy dogs are especially popular among people who live in apartments or people who do not have much living space. 

Some members of the AKC game group are Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Pugg, Yorkshire Terriers, and Havanese. 

- non-sporting group: 

The various purebred dog breeds of the non-sporting group make up a large group of dogs of all kinds of shapes, sizes, hair types, job types, personalities, and general appearances. Many people call this the AKC's "all-in-all" dog group. The diversity of non-athletic members of the group contains a little bit of everything - large dogs, small dogs, hairy dogs, bald dog breeds, and some of the best companion dogs you can own. 

Some members of the AKC non-sporting group are the Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, Dalmatian, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, and Keeshond. 

- Sporting Group: 

Known for their amazing water and forest instincts, many members of this AKC sporting dog group are actively involved in hunting and other field experiments today, actively searching and hunting. Bird or fur game for the owners. Sports dog breeds are also known for their easy-going temperaments. 

In this group, you will find pointers, scavengers, settlers, and Spaniards. Keep in mind that athletic dogs need regular and frequent exercise. 

Some members of the AKC sports group are the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Irish Setter, Pointer, and Cocker Spaniel. 

- A group of different dogs: 


Many of the different dog breeds included in the AKC variety are awaiting recognition of the final breed by the AKC. All dog breeds in this group can compete for and win titles in AKC Obedience, Tracking, and Agility events. 

Many of these dog breeds are ones you may not see every day, but they can make wonderful pets in the right homes. Research each of these breeds one by one, as they have different professional backgrounds such as hunting, herding, or guarding. 

At the time of writing, the current AKC Divers Group members are the Pyrenean Shepherd, Beauceron, Redbone Coonhound, Dogue de Bordeaux, Norwegian Buhund, and Swedish Vallhund. 

If you are like most people, you likely have a lot of unanswered questions about dogs in general. Hopefully, armed with the information above, you have a better idea of what the different dog breeds were originally bred for, and you'll have a better understanding of whether they will meet your needs. Finding the right dog breed for you is really a very important process. The best way to do this is to be armed with the knowledge to make a decision based entirely on facts, not fiction or hearsay.
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