American Kennel Club (AKC) Classifications

By Richard G. Beauchamp

Part of Breeding Dogs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Currently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 150 separate breeds of dogs. Breeds are categorized by the AKC into seven groups, mainly based upon the original purpose: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and a separate interim classification of Miscellaneous. Have a look at the AKC groups and the breeds that fall within each:

AKC Group Breeds
Sporting group American Water Spaniel, Brittany, Chesapeake Bay Retriever,
Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, English
Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Field
Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, German
Wirehaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter,
Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Pointer, Spinone Italiano,
Sussex Spaniel, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Welsh Springer Spaniel,
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Hound group Afghan Hound, American Foxhound, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle,
Black and Tan Coonhound, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Dachshund, English
Foxhound, Greyhound, Harrier, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound,
Norwegian Elkhound, Otterhound, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen,
Pharoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound,
Whippet
Working group Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Bernese
Mountain Dog, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Giant
Schnauzer, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog,
Komondor, Kuvaz, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog,
Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Standard
Schnauzer
Terrier group Airedale Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian
Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Border Terrier, Bull Terrier, Cairn
Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Irish Terrier, Jack Russell
Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Manchester Terrier,
Miniature Bull Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Norfolk Terrier,
Norwich Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier,
Smooth Fox Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire Bull
Terrier, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox
Terrier
Toy group Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,
Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, English Toy Spaniel, Havanese, Italian
Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher, Papillon,
Pekingese, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, Pug, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier,
Toy Manchester Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
Non-Sporting group American Eskimo Dog, Bichons Frise, Boston Terrier, Bulldog,
Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Finnish Spitz, French
Bulldog, Keeshond, Lhasa Apso, Lowchen, Poodle, Schipperke, Shiba
Inu, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier
Herding group Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie,
Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Border
Collie, Bouviers des Flandres, Briard, Canaan Dog, Cardigan Welsh
Corgi, Collie, German Shepherd Dog, Old English Sheepdog, Pembroke
Welsh Corgi, Puli, Shetland Sheepdog
Miscellaneous Beauceron, Black Russian Terrier, German Pinscher , Glen of
Imal Terrier, Neopolitan Mastiff, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling
Retriever, Plotthound, Redbone Coonhound, Toy Fox Terrier