Dog Breeds by Class

Dog Breeds by Class

In a dog show, the dog breeds are broken down by type or class. There are the classes.


Sporting breeds are well rounded, active and are usually comprised of pointer, retrievers, and spaniels. A few example of these breeds are the Labrador Retriever, the Brittany, the Cocker Spaniel, the Pointer, the Vizsla, and the Weimaraner


The hound group is known for their hunting and tracking skills. They usually have powerful smelling abilities and are relentless in chasing down their target. A few example breeds are the Basset Hound, the Beagle, the Irish Wolfhound, the Bloodhound, and the English Foxhound


The Working dog group is comprised of breeds that typically work for a living. They can be guard dogs, sled pulling dogs, or rescue dogs. Example of this group include the Alaskan Malamute, the Boxer, the Bull Mastiff, the Doberman Pincher, the Great Dane, the Rottweiler, the Newfoundland, and the St. Bernard.


The non-sporting breed group is a mixed bag of breeds, breeds that didn’t quite fit into any other category. These include the Brishon Frise, the Bulldog, the Chow Chow, the Dalmatian, and the Poodle.


The terrier group is known for the terrier personality: feisty, energetic, and they possess little tolerance for other animals since their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Examples of the group are the Bull Terrier, the Rate Terrier, the Russell Terrier, and the Scottish Terrier.


The toy group has the main quality of being “a sheer delight.” They are about as far evolutionarily from a wolf as you can get. Examples of this breed group include the Chihuahua, the Chinese Crested, the Maltese, the Pomeranian, and the Yorkshire Terrier.


The herding group of breeds is known for, you guessed it, herding, specifically their ability to control and move animals. Examples of this breed group are the Australian Shepherd, the Belgium Malinois, the Border Collie, and the German Shepherd.


The miscellaneous breed group is meant for breeds that may be newer and are seeking recognition from the American Kennel Club as a true breed. These are rarely heard of dog breeds like the Dogs Argentino and the Portuguese Podengo.