Dog Breeds and Groups


Breeds are arranged here according to the Groups as classified by the ANKC (Australia). Breeds which are historically interesting or have a unique history, function, features or purpose have their own unique page. But where two or more breeds share history, function, features or purpose, they are considered by comparison with similar breeds or families of breeds.

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Alphabetical Index of Dog Breeds

This index of links to many different dog breeds provides a useful shortcut to a unique page about that breed. The breeds are organised into the Australian Groups as they are recognized by the ANKC. Groups differ from country to country and are usually related to the origin and/or purpose behind the development of those particular breeds. »» Read more...

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Toy Breeds

Toys or 'lap-dogs' were designed to sit on human laps so they could be stroked and petted. Historically developed over centuries by the aristocracy, these small dogs possess great dignity as they were pampered, fed gourmet delicacies and slept in privileged sleeping places. Although some Toy breeds may not be as robust as their larger counterparts and prefer to live ... »» Read more...

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Terrier Breeds

Terriers were originally the Scent Hounds which followed their prey beneath the earth hence their name 'Terrier' derived from the Latin word 'Terra' meaning earth. Historically Terriers hunted rats, foxes, badger, stoats, weasels and otters. In today's society with no quarry to hunt, the terrier's instinct to dig could worry a garden conscious owner. However, their energy and fun loving ... »» Read more...

English Springer Spaniel

Gundog Breeds

Gundogs were bred to work in conjunction with the hunter and his gun. Historically, Gundogs developed into the breeds we know today along with the development of guns to shoot birds, rabbits, hare or other game primarily for the hunter to eat. In today's society Gundogs are popular companion dogs because they are quiet, steady, obedient, easily trained, and everybody's ... »» Read more...

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Hound Breeds

Hounds are mainly divided between Sight and Scent Hounds with a couple of Spitz breeds thrown in. Historically early hounds were the earliest recorded breeds to assist man find and catch wild animals to eat. Selected for centuries for their hunting ability, in today's society their passion for following game can make them headstrong and somewhat frustrating to train. However, ... »» Read more...

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Working Breeds

Working Breeds are usually responsive, easily trained and capable of running all day. Ideal for participation in Obedience, Agility and other modern dog sports, these Herding breeds have boundless energy and love to chase anything that moves, including cars. They make wonderful companions for those who enjoy dog training and lots of exercise. However, the Livestock Guardian breeds are a ... »» Read more...

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Utility Breeds

Utility breeds contain mastiffs, some livestock guardian breeds, giant breeds and their miniaturized counterparts bred for work other than herding sheep and cattle. Historically they assisted soldiers during wars, pulled carts or sleds, and hunted large game such as wild boar. Today utility breeds are used for police work, rescuing people, and as flock guards. Keeping giant breeds requires space, ... »» Read more...

 Shar Pei

Non-Sporting Breeds

When dog shows first began forming groups, there was only Sporting and Non-Sporting. As the number of breeds expanded, so did the number of Groups. Somehow, the Non-Sporting breeds eluded other classifications on this page, and is still the case today. So, this group is a collection of unrelated breeds who administrators feel do not fit into any of the ... »» Read more...