Best Dog Breeds
Getting great advice on the best dog breeds involves a little investigation, but it is fun to find out why dog types are so different from each other. We make some general recommendations here about checking out the different American Kennel Club registered breeds, and we reveal our top pics regarding temperament and trainability from each of the AKC registered breed groups. Click on the links located in the left sidebar to find out more information about each group, the dogs that are in each breed group, and their dog breed characteristics. Learn more about why a particular group might have the best dog breeds for you because of the breed group's general characteristics.
AKC Dog Breed Groups
The American Kennel Club organizes different breeds in dog breed groups as follows:
- Miscellaneous Class
Throughout history, people have bred dogs with certain traits in mind. Some dog types were bred for working or to help with sport and hunting; pulling carts, retrieving water fowl, herding sheep or watching for trouble are all jobs that certain breeds have had and still have today. Knowing a bit about what the breeding history of the types of dogs you are interested in will help you understand why certain breeds behave the way they do."
Sporting Dogs Group
When you think of the sporting dogs group, think medium-build dogs that are active, energetic and loyal.
- The Labrador Retriever is the most popular registered dog breed in American Kennel Club records and makes a wonderful family dog.
Since most of the dogs in this group were bred to be hunting companions, they generally work well with people, are athletic (great jogging or running companions) and are eager-to-please. Some of the most popular breeds from this group are Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels and German Shorthaired Pointers.
Be sure and visit the link to the Sporting Group to learn much more about this wonderful group of dogs and find out why some members of this group make great family dog choices.
Hound breeds are a fairly diverse group of dogs that were originally bred and developed to help hunters locate and track prey. They have a variety of builds represented; from the stocky, low-to-the-ground Basset Hound to the sleek and lightning-fast Saluki.
There are two sub-groups within the Hounds breeds group: Scent Hounds, who follow prey with their scent-tracking abilities, and Sight Hounds, bred to spot prey within their line of vision, and then run quickly to pursue it. Scent hound examples include the Beagle, Basset and Bloodhound, while sight hound examples include the Greyhound, Saluki and Whippet.
- The Beagle is a popular AKC breed from the Hound Group.
American Kennel Club registration records show that the Beagle is one of the most popular registered breeds, ranking number five or six consistently each year. Dachshunds are also very popular, followed by Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, Redbone Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds and Afghan Hounds.
Visit our Hound Breeds page to learn more about this fascinating group of dogs and which members of this group might make good family dogs for your family.
Working Dog group
The working dog group is made up of dogs who are large, muscular and smart. They are truly the "workhorses" of the dog world.
Over time they have helped people with all sorts of jobs in the fishing and farming industries, driving cattle, guarding livestock, pulling sleds and retrieving fishing nets.
They have stamina and strength and the brain power to learn commands and be ready assistants.
- The Boxer is the most popular AKC registered breed of the working dog group. Originally bred as a large game hunter and a guardian, they have since been bred as companion dogs and are sturdy, dependable family members.
For more specifics on the working dog group and its members, visit our page devoted to information on this group.
Terrier Dog Breeds Group
- The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular registered terrier breed in the United States, according to American Kennel Club registration records
Terrier dog breeds range in size from the smallish West Highland White Terrier to larger breeds like the Airedale Terrier, but though they may have size differences, the terrier breeds share a zest and curiousity about life, and they can be a fun and feisty addition to your family.
To find out more about all of the Terrier dog breeds and which ones might be a good fit for your family, be sure to check out our page devoted to all things Terrier.
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