List of Breeds by Group

Group of Dogs are divided into seven main groups- Gundogs, Hounds, Pastoral Dogs, Terriers, Toy Dogs, Utility Dogs, and Working Dogs. Each of these has specific traits and characteristics. Click on each of the groups below to know more about them…

Group of Dogs:Gundogs

Gundogs group is also known as the Sporting group. These dogs were bred to help in shooting and hunting. The breeds were charged with the task of locating games. The retrievers would do just what their name suggests. Since they worked closely and successfully with humans, they were obedient and friendly. They are active, intelligent, and reliable. They are active with family and are good with children. The sizes of dogs in these groups range from the Strapping Labrador Retriever to the small Cocker Spaniel. There is also little uniformity in coat type with the curly-coated Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, and Pointer.

Below is the complete list of Gundogs:

  • American Water Spaniel
  • Brittany
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel (American)
  • Cocker Spaniel (English)
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • English Setters
  • 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
  • Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
  • Pointer
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Group of Dogs: Hounds

The Hounds are one of the oldest groups of dogs and are breed to help chase and catch quarry. They are active and intelligent and usually sociable and amiable. They are not with owners who are a little detached. This is a wonderfully diverse group; include not only the sleek sighthounds, such as Greyhounds and Borzois, and the more sturdily built scent hounds such as Basset Hounds and Beagles but again the tiny Dachshunds.

Below is the complete list of Hound Dogs:

  • Afghan Hound
  • American Foxhound
  • Basenji
  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Bloodhound
  • Borzoi
  • Dachshund
  • Foxhound
  • Greyhound
  • Harrier
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Wolfhounds
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Otterhound
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Plott Hound
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Whippet

Group of Dogs: Pastoral 

Pastoral Dogs are also known as Herding Group. This relatively new group includes some breeds that used to be in the working category. These dogs were bred to work closely with humans. Generally herding or protecting livestock and they are, therefore, usually energetic, hardworking dogs, which tend to form close bonds with their owners. A common characteristic is the dogs’ tendency to obey their owners’ commands but also to use their own judgment. They are biddable dogs that are affectionate and easily trained. They are in many sizes, colors, and coat types in this group. The best known of which are the Collies, Welsh Corgies, and German Shepherd Dogs.

Below is the complete list of Pastoral Dogs group:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Border Collie
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Briard
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Puli
  • Shetland Sheepdog

Group of Dogs: Terriers

They were first bred to catch and kill animals either as nascent pest-controllers or for sport. This means that they are often predatory and energetic and some like digging. They can make good watchdogs. Busy and exuberant, these dogs can be aggressive towards other pets both canine and non-canine and some of them can be quite stubborn. However, their outgoing and friendly nature makes them popular. This group shows the least variation among breeds. Terriers are either the short-legged or long-legged breeds. Bull Terriers are feisty dogs while Cesky Terriers and Scottish Terriers are more placid.

Below is the complete list of Terriers Dogs:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Staffordshire
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terriers
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier

Group of Dogs: Toy Dogs

These dogs were originally bred to be the companions and that continues to their role. Due to their working tendencies been largely bred out of them, they are generally placid and friendly. However, then selective breeding that made them small also made many of them susceptible to health problems. Dogs in this group are generally ideal for first-time owners. They are usually cooperative and even-tempered and tend to be eager to please. However, although they are often small in size, they have plenty of personalities and are full of spirit. This group contains a wide range of breeds, from the energetic, stubborn and noisy Yorkshire to the calm and collected Pekingese and the sleek Italian Greyhound.

Below is the complete list of Toy Dogs:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • Maltese
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Silky Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Utility Dog:

Utility Dogs groups also known as Non-sporting groups. This particularly diverse group includes dogs that were originally developed to carry out a particular task but that in more recent times have been bred solely for companionship. The breeds range from distinctive and eccentric dogs, such as the Chow-Chow and Schnauzer, to family favorites like the Dalmatian and Poodle. In fact, the dogs in these groups are those that cannot be included elsewhere and it is, therefore, best to judge each breed on its individual merits.

Below is the complete list of Utility Dogs:

  • American Eskimo
  • Boston Terriers
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Chow Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • Finnish Spitz
  • French Bulldog
  • German Pinscher
  • Keeshonden
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Poodle
  • Poodle (Standard)
  • Poodle (Toy)
  • Schipperke
  • Schnauzer
  • Schnauzer (Miniature)
  • Schnauzer (Standard)
  • Shiba
  • Shih-Tzu

Working Dogs

Dogs in this group are keen on activity and require stimulation. Over the years their courage and sturdy build have been used by humans in all manners including pulling carts and for rescue and protection. They are therefore usually intelligent, trainable, and robust. These tend to be fiercely loyal dogs, which do best when they are with owners who not only have previous experience of handling dogs but who are also mentally and physically strong and capable of standing up with their pets. The group ranges from the huge Mastiff and Bernese Mountain dog to the comparatively smaller Boxer, Doberman Pinschers, and Great Dane.

Below is the complete list of Working Dogs:

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • The Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed

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