List Of Dog Breeds And AKC Groups

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The dog breeds we recognize today have evolved from the genus Canus about a million years ago. It is commonly believed that all different types of dogs are descendants of the wolf.

At some point in their history, man and dog found mutually favorable reasons to team up, though there is some debate about when this occurred.

Fossil remains provide evidence of dogs' domestic involvement with man at around 13,000 years ago, though recent DNA findings have revealed much earlier connections.

In time it was discovered that dogs were not only good companions around the camp, but could help with various physical tasks.

Again, there are differing opinions about how dogs became so diversified. But I agree with the many experts who believe that humans, being pretty quick to realize the dogs' potential, started selectively breeding dogs of certain physical characteristics for different types of tasks.

No matter what the conditions were that first brought about this relationship, the evidence is clear that dogs have become beloved and loyal friends over the years.

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Today, some of the descendants of these early domesticated dogs are classified in this list of dog breeds by dog groups, with one group simply known as "miscellaneous". This class contains a list of dog breeds awaiting opportunity for full recognition and registration into the AKC Stud Book.

The standards for the various dog group classifications are set by kennel clubs around the world.

In 1884 the American Kennel Club was founded to promote, among other things, the breeding and sport of purebred dogs for type and function. The AKC subsequently established the standards and the classification of purebred dog breeds by dog group. Most of these dogs can be found in our list of dog breeds.

If you are thinking about getting a dog and have asked the question: "what is the best dog for me?" - you will be able to compare a wide selection of dog breed profiles from the list of dog breeds and their related information presented on this site. Don't try to find the "perfect" dog breed, because every dog has something special to recommend them. Just look for the features that most appeal to you, and go from there.

On the other hand, we do have many specialized pages that describe the various dog types. These include the miniature dog breeds, terrier, working, herding, and sporting breeds, as well as the hound dog breeds and toy dog breeds. And if you're looking for a family dog, we also have a page about dogs good with children that you may find useful. Additionally, our readers seemed to be interested in having a reference list of small dog breeds, so we have included that too!

And last, but not least, when you are searching for a particular dog, use the quick and handy A-Z drop down menu above to look for different types of dog breeds by group or name. When you do this you will be taken to individual pages about the various dog breeds with pictures, where you can read a complete background on the breed.

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