Separating our favorite breeds into the 7 dog show groups (plus one more)

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Miniature Schnauzer on a leash with woman

Brie Passano Goldman

With so many types of dogs—the little ones, large, hairy ones, the bald, black people, whites, the sloths, assets– there are many ways to sort more than 200 breeds.

But when it comes to separating them for dog shows, the American Kennel Club has us covered. The registry sorts the 200 breeds it recognizes into seven groups: Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy and Working.

Then there are hybrid dog breeds, puppies that are mixtures of two or more breeds. Because they are not purebred you won’t see them at conformation dog shows – although of course we still love our Labradoodles and Cavapoos.

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Here’s what you need to know about each group if you want to be prepared when the National dog show is back on TV.

Breeding group

Australian Shepherd standing in profile in front of the woods

Australian Shepherd standing in profile in front of the woods

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Pretty self-explanatory here. These 32 dog breeds were originally bred to herd livestock like sheep, and many of these dogs still do that job. Others, meanwhile, are content to gather their humans around the yard.

Generally, they are very energetic dogs who like to have a job to do or a puzzle solve. Athletic and intelligent puppies often excel in canine competitions such as agility Where dockside diving. Other breeds in this group serve as K-9 officerssearch and rescue dogs or detection dogs.

Here are the most popular herding breeds (according to at the AKC):

group of dogs

Bloodhound laying on the grass in front of a lake

Bloodhound laying on the grass in front of a lake

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Awoooooo! Welcome to a group with droopy ears and powerful noses. Many of these dogs are avid hunting companions, although they will certainly enjoy spending time around the house with you.

Most of these breeds also make excellent trackers, whether for game or missing persons. Some of the larger breeds were bred to hunt big animalsbut this band also sports some of the fastest dogs in the world.

Here are the most popular dogs in the group of 32:

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Non-athletic group

The long-haired white Tibetan terrier lies on a wooden platform

The long-haired white Tibetan terrier lies on a wooden platform

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This group is essentially the Hufflepuff of the dog show world, taking “everything else“dogs that do not match the specific characteristics required by the other groups.

That’s why the non-sporting group is such an eclectic mix of 21 races. They come in all sizes, shapes, and stains, but they each make excellent pets.

Here are the most popular breeds in this group:

Sports Group

Brittany spaniel dog stands poised in water

Brittany spaniel dog stands poised in water

the story of all dogs / Adobe Stock Bretons were originally bred to illegally hunt pheasants and other game alongside poachers. Today, they are still loyal and steadfast hunting dogs.

Here is a collection of more active dog breeds, some of the most popular in the AKC collectors, setters and spaniels. They are just as eager to spend time at home playing with you as they are hunting.

These dogs also sport some of the longest and finest coats in the canine world, perfect for puppies who enjoy swimming or retrieving fowl from water.

Here are the American favorites from the Group of 33:

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Terrier Group

Miniature Schnauzer on a leash with woman

Miniature Schnauzer on a leash with woman

Brie Passano Goldman

Again, pretty self-explanatory. They are all terriers of some kind, a group of 31 mostly small breeds that are quite feisty.

They were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin – and they were quite good at it. This energy and determination is why any terrier owner should make sure their dog always has something to do.

Here are the five most popular terriers:

group of toys

yorkie with a cute haircut walking with its owner on an urban street

yorkie with a cute haircut walking with its owner on an urban street

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The little ones! The small dogs, perfect for people who don’t have a big yard (or any yard at all). What they lack in size, they make up for in entertainment value – just make sure your apartment neighbors don’t mind the occasional yelp.

Many of these puppies will also have a higher grooming bill than some, so be sure to take that into consideration before bringing home any of these 23 small breeds.

Here are the most popular Toy Group breeds:

Work group

Alaskan Malamute running in the snow

Alaskan Malamute running in the snow

Nicola Colombo/Getty Alaskan Malamutes look a lot like huskies, but males weigh more than 30 to 40 pounds more than their smaller cousins.

And now it’s Big Boi season. This collection of mostly large dogs was bred to hunt big game, guard livestock, and pull sleds or wagons. (No, you do not manage to ride them as if they were horses.)

You need enough room to own one of these furry giants, not to mention enough strength if they pull on their leashes. Although they love their family members, they may not know their own strength around little humans.

Here are the most popular of the 31 working dogs:

Hybrids, mixes and pooches

Two girls hug a blond labradoodle from both sides on an outdoor patio

Two girls hug a blond labradoodle from both sides on an outdoor patio

Mint Images/Getty Images As calm and affectionate dogs, Labradoodles can fit into any family and are great with children.

Unfortunately, not all of our favorite dogs will make the show course reserved for purebred canines. But that doesn’t stop you from bringing home a pooch from the shelter or a hypoallergenic hybrid of responsible breeder. You will love them as much as any other dog.

Here are some of our favorite picks:

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