We’ve all watched dog shows before, but most times we wonder what group our own pooch would fall into. What classifies a breed as a working dog or sporting dog? Obviously not all dogs are the same, but the classifications for dogs go on and on. If you’re wondering where you dog fits in, take a look at the breakdown below. Then you can rave to your friends about how sporty your dog is.
We’ve all heard about the herding group. Pun intended. This group was the most recently created group for dogs and includes breeds that are known as natural herders. Dogs like Corgis, Sheepdogs, Collies, and more fit into this group. These dogs are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners and to those they watch faithfully, the herd. If your dog can be seen chasing cats around in circles or even circling the pack at the dog park, you have yourself a herding dog.
These dogs are all different shapes, sizes, and have a wide variety of personalities. There is really no specific theme to the group besides the fact that they are not very “athletic” in terms of size, coat, and appearance. This group includes pups like Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Poodles, Shiba Inus, and many others. These dogs have a wide variety of personalities but two common traits for most of these breeds is their alertness and friendliness towards others.
Dogs who are known for “working” in some aspect fall into this category. Whether your dog guards the door at night or pulls your sled through the snow-laden park, this group is most likely for them. Breeds such as Akitas, Malamutes, Boxers, Great Pyrenees, and Great Danes are all included in this group. If your dog is into helping humans or has kept you from harm, you can count your dog as a working pup.
You will find dogs with fancy names and even fancier bloodlines in the miscellaneous class. These dogs are purebred and have names like Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. Many you probably haven’t seen before, but they are registered AKC purebred pups that have various traits and qualities. Because they are not seen as frequently, they remain in the miscellaneous class. If your dog is a Norrbottenspets or a Peruvian Inca Orchid, your dog falls into this group!
There are a few other groups listed that are considered to be dog show approved, but many of them are commonly known such as the Terrier Group or Toy Group. If you are still curious as to what group your dog falls into you can visit the listing of the groups online at http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/groups/to find out more!