Dog Breed Characteristics

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Dog Breed Characteristics

Dog breed characteristics can be different depending on which group your dog or the dog that you are interested in owning falls under. Given that there are 178 American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized breeds out there, it is important that each dog owner looks into their dog breed characteristics before they choose a dog so that they can have a happy and healthy life with their dogs and can give dogs their forever home. When folks do not do research on dog breed characteristics, they can end up choosing a dog that is not well-suited for the kind lifestyle they lead. This can result in many headaches and heart-break for the owner and their dog friends.

The AKC puts dogs into eight different groups, seven depending on the dog breed characteristics and one miscellaneous group. Below is a general breakdown of dog breed characteristics for each of these seven groups and a complete list of dogs that fall into this group. We have skipped the miscellaneous group because these dogs don’t actually have common dog breed characteristics and were entered into the AKC instead based on interest and activity.

Sporting Dog Group

Sporting dogs

This dog group has its own distinct dog breed characteristics. The AKC describes them as dogs that are naturally active and alert. They can make likeable, well-grounded companion dogs. Dogs in this group include pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels. Dog breed characteristics shared by this group include the ability to be easily trained to hunt and take part in other field activities. A lot of the members in this group need to have lots and lots of activity in their lives so that they can be mentally and physically stimulated. Because of their dog breed characteristics, these dogs need to be enrolled in training classes from a young age and love being in agility and obedience courses.

The following dogs fall under the Sporting Dog Group:
1. American Water Spaniel
2. Boykin Spaniel
3. Brittany
4. Chesapeake Bay
5. Clumber Spaniel
6. Cocker Spaniel
7. Curly-Coated Retriever
8. English Cocker Spaniel
9. English Setter
10. English Springer Spaniel
11. Field Spaniel
12. Flat-Coated Retriever
13. German Shorthaired Pointer
14. German Wirehaired Pointer
15. Golden Retriever
16. Gordon Setter
17. Irish Red and White
18. Irish Setter
19. Irish Water Spaniel
20. Labrador Retriever
21. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
22. Pointer
23. Spinone Italiano
24. Sussex Spaniel
25. Vizsla
26. Weimaraner
27. Welsh Springer Spaniel
28. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Hound Dog Group

Hound Dogs

The most prominent of hound dog breed characteristics is the strong sense of smell that all these breeds have. All these dog breeds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some of them were assistants to their hunter human friends. Some of their other most common dog breed characteristics a relentless energy with which they chase smells and a love for highly active lifestyles. Many of the scent hounds such as bloodhounds, beagles and foxhounds are often used by the law enforcement in their search and rescue missions. Others hound dog breed characteristics include the ability to run at the speed of lightening. Most dogs in the hound dog breed make great pets for their human companions. They are great for active families who have the time and energy to train them and also to keep up with their energy! One of the dog breed characteristics that many hound dogs share is the chasing instinct because many of them were bred to chase small animals. They need to be trained to not do this with little children!

The following dogs fall under the Hound Dog Group:
1. Afghan Hound
2. American English Coonhound
3. American Foxhound
4. Basenji
5. Basset Hound
6. Beagle
7. Black and Tan Coonhound
8. Bloodhound
9. Bluetick
10. Coonhound
11. Borzoi
12. Dachshund
13. English Foxhound
14. Greyhound
15. Harrier
16. Ibizan Hound
17. Irish Wolfhound
18. Norwegian Elkhound
19. Otterhound
20. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
21. Pharaoh Hound
22. Plott
23. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
24. Redbone Coonhound
25. Rhodesian Ridgeback
26. Saluki
27. Scottish Deerhound
28. Treeing Walker Coonhound
29. Whippet

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  1. Frankie and Ernie on

    WE are #12 in the HOUND Group!!!! AND there is even a Picture of A DACHSHUND RACE… WE are VERSITILE. hehehehe

  2. Susie and Sidebite on

    Oh, bunk glad to hear from you. Thanks for the listing, Mom & Dad always watch the Westminster dog show and now they have a complete listing of the breeds.

    The Mad Scots

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