Types of Dogs: groups of dogs and characteristics

Types of Dogs: groups of dogs and characteristics

Types of Dogs

When it comes to classifying dogs according to their type, we can consider their size into small, medium, and large. If we classify them according to their characteristics, we can classify them into family dogs, guard dogs, hypoallergenic, etc. In this instance, we will mention the types of dogs based on their group according to the American Kennel Club. 

Herding group

This group, created in 1983, distinguishes dogs that have the awesome ability to control the movement of other animals. As household pets, these dogs are very unlikely to meet any farm animal. However, their natural instincts make this dogs gently herd their owners, especially children. These types of dogs include the Corgie, Collie, German Shepherd, Sheepdogs and Waterdogs.

Hound group

These types of dogs share an ancient trait of being used for hunting. Some of them display an awesome ability to follow a trail for miles. Others have an acute scenting power that enables them to follow a trail. Another interesting characteristic of this dog is that instead of barking, they make a baying sound. Some of the most well-known dogs in this group include American Foxhound, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bloodhound, and Greyhounds.

Non-sporting group

This group includes a wide variety of dogs. They are varied in size, coat, and looks. Some of the most common members of this group include Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, and Poodle

Sporting group

If you plan to have a member of this group, you must know that these types of dogs are naturally active and full of energy. Plan to engage them in invigorating exercise. The group includes retrievers, pointers, setters, and spaniels.  

Terrier group

These are pretty lively dogs and are pretty playful. Their distinctive personality makes them great pets if you are willing to match their energetic nature. Most of these types of dogs have wiry coats that require special grooming

Toy group

These types of dogs have the express purpose of bringing sheer pleasure to their owners. But, far from what their size might inspire, some of these are tough. The Chihuahua belongs to this group, so if you have been close to one, then you know what we mean. Other dogs in this group include, among others, the Chinese Crested, Havanese, Maltese, Pomeranian, Pug, Silky Terrier, and Yorkshire Terrier.

Working group

For ages, these dogs have been used to perform several tasks that require strength and stamina. They are big in size, which makes them unsuitable for average families. Due to their size too, they must be properly trained. Members of this group include the Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Great Dane, Mastiff, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, and the St. Bernard, among others. 

Making the choice of which of these types of dogs to choose can be a challenge.  In Dogalize we can help you. We have lots of information on many dog species to help you make the best choice. Contact us to learn more.