The 7 categories of dog breed groups

Breeds like Chihuahua, German Shepherds, Rottweilers etc. also fall under a larger breed group category.

Dog breed categories

Understand the categories of dog breeds.

There are 7 primary categories of dog breeds. Keep swiping to know all about them.

7 categories

There are 7 categories of dog breeds you need to know

The 7 primary dog breed categories are:

  • Sporting dog breed group
  • Hound dog breed group
  • Toy dog breed group
  • Non-sporting dog breed group
  • Working dog breed group
  • Herding dog breed group
  • Terrier dog breed group

1. Sporting dog breed group

Originally bred to be the sidekick for hunters.

Some of the dog breeds belonging to this group are:

2. Hound dog breeds group

Includes dogs that have been bred to hunt warm blooded quarry like raccoons, antelope and rabbits.

Some of the popular hound dog breeds are:

  • Basenji

  • Greyhound

  • Beagle

  • dachshund

  • Basset Hound

  • Afghan hound

  • English foxhound

3. Toy dog breeds group

Small in size, easily transportable in bags and are most often seen sitting on the laps of their favorite humans

The most common toy dog breeds are

  • Maltese

  • Havanese

  • Japanese chin
  • Shih Tzu
  • Pug
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian

4. Non-sporting dog breed groups

Dog breeds that may not satisfy the criteria of any specific dog breed groups.

Some examples of the dogs belonging to the non sporting group are:

  • Chow chow
  • Bulldog
  • Poodle
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Dalmatian
  • French bulldog
  • and others

5. Working dog breed groups

Used for herding, rescue operations, guarding flocks, pulling sleds etc.

Some examples of dogs breeds belonging to the working dog breeds group:

  • Bernese mountain dog
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Leonberger
  • Doggo argentino
  • Great Dane
  • Boxer

6. Herding dog breeds group

Responsible for herding

Some common examples of dogs belonging to the herding dog breed group are:

  • German shepherds
  • Australian shepherds
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Border collie
  • Australian Cattle Dog or blue heeler
  • and many more

7. Terriers

Their tasks can range from killing vermin all the way to guarding family homes and barns.

Examples of terrier breeds:

  • Bull terrier
  • Sily terrier
  • Boston terrier
  • American Stafford Shire terrier
  • Dandy Dinmont terrier
  • Rat terrier
  • and many more...

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