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The AKC 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.



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

And we are glad they did... for without that intervention we wouldn't be enjoying the companionship of these amazing animals.

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.

Classification of AKC Dog Breeds

Today, some of the descendants of these early domesticated dogs are now classified in this list of AKC dog breeds by recognizable groups such as terriers, hounds, sporting, toy, non-sporting etc.

There is, however, one group simply known as "miscellaneous". This category contains a list of dog breeds eagerly awaiting the 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 the list on this page.

What The Best Dog Breed For You?

If you are thinking about getting a dog and need help deciding what is the rightor best one for you - you will be able to compare a wide selection of dog profiles from the AKC dog breeds listed here. Almost everyone has its own page with a full description along with pictures so you can get a pretty good idea of what to expect.

But, don't try to find the "perfect" one, because every pet has something special to recommend them. You might find it helpful to take a look at what our visitors have shared about their pets on the popular dog breeds page. This will give you a bit more first-hand information to go on.

Family Dog Or Couch Cuddler?

If you're looking for a family dog, we have just the page for you about dogs good with children that you may find useful. Additionally, our "empty nest" visitors or those who live alone, seemed to be interested in having a reference list of small dog breeds, you know ones they can cuddle on the couch at night. The SDB's list is available here.

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 where you can read a all about their personality, trainability and how to groom and care for them.











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