Cattle Dogs

Breed Groups Explained

For centuries, dogs have been bred for several different purposes. Dogs have been bred to hunt, guard and work. They have also been created for the sole purpose of companionship.

Be sure to research if you plan on getting a dog from the working group. There is large range of characteristics in this group so there is no clear definition to the group. Their size, coat, color, temperament, and personality are within a large range so it is difficult to clearly define the group. The Herding Group The Herding Group is new compared to other dog groups. The group was defined in 1983. When the Herding Group was defined many dogs from the Working Group were transferred. The type of work the breed was originally created for was their new Herding designation. All the dogs were bred to herd other animals. They tended cattle, sheep, and other livestock Herding dogs were made to be hard workers to they tend to be high maintenance. These canines have high energy levels The Herding group are natural problem solvers.
They often make their own decisions. The Herding group includes:

• Australian Cattle Dog
• Belgian Sheepdog
• Border Collie
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Briard
• Collie
• German Shepherd
• Old English Sheepdog
• Puli
• Shetland Sheepdog

Herding dogs require special needs. The dogs need the minds and bodies challenged. Herding dogs need constant exercise. To be happy dogs they need stimulation, both mental and physical. The dogs will herd everything, including children. The dogs will even nip at their heels to keep them in order.

When deciding on a member of the Herding group be sure to keep this in mind. The final group to consider is the Miscellaneous Group This includes the dogs that don't fit into any other group. For more info on members of this group please visit the AKC website.

When it comes to pets, dogs in the toy group can be found in abundant numbers. The Toy Group Members of the Toy group were created to be pets and often lap dogs. As their name suggests, they are very small. Toy breeds can be carried and can often be seen toting around town in purses. These dogs are easily transportable. Toy breeds can fit into smaller living quarters, so no need to fear if you are living efficiently. Members of the Toy category include:

• Brussels Griffon
• Chihuahua
• Chinese Crested
• English Toy Spaniel
• Japanese Chin
• Maltese
• Manchester Terrier
• Miniature Pinscher
• Papillon • Pekingese
• Pomeranian
• Poodle
• Pug
• Shih Tzu
• Yorkshire Terrier

Toy dogs are often tenacious than they look. Toy breeds are very loving and devoted animals. The small size makes toy breeds more manageable to train than large breeds. If you currently have or plan to have children in your future, be sure to check the temperament of the toy breed you are considering. These dogs are not always kid-friendly. Non Sporting Group At first there were only 2 different categories of dogs: Sporting and Non-Sporting. As other dogs were bred, introduced and polished, more groups were added. Still, the Sporting and Non-Sporting groups remain. The Non-Sporting group are very divergent. Members of the Non-Sporting group usually display a wide range of characteristics.
These dogs are unique in many ways when compared to other groups. The Non-Sporting Group Includes:

• American Eskimo Dog
• Bichon Frise
• Boston Terrier
• Bulldog
• Chow Chow
• Dalmatian
• French Bulldog
• Llasa Apso
• Poodle
• Tibetan Spaniel
• Tibetan Terrier

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