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Terrier Group

Terrier dogs were originally bred by farmers to hunt and kill common farm pests such as moles, gophers, and badgers. All of the breeds that compose the American Kennel Club's are hail from the United Kingdom or one of their colonies. Typically, terriers are known for being small but strong, active, and fierce. The American Kennel Club's Terrier Group contains 31 breeds from relatively the small breeds like the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the much larger Airedale Terrier. Terriers have a very distinct personality. While they are very energetic and have very little patience. They do not like to interact with other animals, including fellow dogs. While some terriers are still kept as working dogs, many are pets and make excellent guard dogs because of these behaviors. Because terriers typically have a wiry coat, they do require a fair amount of regular grooming in order to keep their characteristic terrier appearance. The American Kennel Club formally r…
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Hound Group

The AKC Hound Group is generally classified as dog breeds who have an ancestral heritage of hunting. The diversity of breeds in this group make them truly unique and a gem to find. These hunting dogs include the Whippet, the Bloodhound and the Dachshund. The main trait of a hound is that they have an immense about of endurance. Other characteristics of this group include a wide variety of personalities and sizes, but most tend to be friendly, alert, and great family dogs. They also tend to be very boisterous and insistent. A select few hounds share the ability to make a sound known as baying. This sound is characterized by a long, deep howl and is used especially when hounds are on the scent during a hunt.
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Herding Group

The 30 breeds in the AKC Herding Group are defined by dogs that have the capacity to help owners with the movement of livestock. These dogs were formerly members of the working group, but became their own classification in 1983. Their characteristics include: high stamina, athletic, extremely obedient, devoted, and very loving. While most of these animals in this classification will never see a pasture, they still are hard-wired to herd. They are often found herding the family’s children or other animals in its home.   Breeds in this group include the Border Collie, the Australian Shepherd or the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. There is a diverse size difference throughout all the breeds in this classification. While the Border Collie is an average sized dog, the Welsh Corgi is petite and can easily get under livestock to herd effectively. An unexpected breed in this group is the German Shepherd. Many believe German Shepherds are part of the Working Group, as they are mainly used …
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