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Dogs Classification

  • Date Submitted: 12/11/2012 12:22 PM
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The 7 American Kennel Club Dog Groups
Each year around the world, millions of people purchase dogs as pets.   Whether we adopt or buy from a pet store, what reasons do we have for choosing a specific breed?   Is it that adorable cuddly face that makes us fall in love?   Or those precious puppy eyes that do the trick?   Could living space be a factor?   Either way there are hundreds of dog breeds to choose from, which could make it a hard choice.   To make it easier the American Kennel Club has divided 175     recognized breeds into 7 groups(AKC).   The Herding, the Hound, the Sporting, the                 Non Sporting, the Terrier, the Toy and the Working groups. Decisions, Decisions......
The Herding group, which is the newest AKC classification group, was created in 1983 by the AKC(AKC).   This breed is best known for it’s ability to control large amount of livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats and other field animals(Brough1).   They are used to rescue strays that wander to rugged terrain, move animals between adjacent fields and drive the livestock to     market(Brough1).   What makes them great herders are their intelligence and they are highly trainable.   Originally this group was bred to assist humans primarily on farms but today they make great house pets as well.   A majority of herding dogs that are kept as pets today very rarely are in contact with animals,   however their natural instincts often cause them to gently herd their owners, especially the children of the household(Brough1).   Collie’s, Australian Shepard’s, and Border Collies, are considered to be the most common and popular of this breed.   Known for their hard work, high energy spirits, and their love to play they make excellent house pets.
The Hound group is famous for its attribute of hunting.   Their natural instincts consist of tracking and finding prey.   Hound dogs hunt by either sight or sound.   Each hound breed can be divided into 3 sub types,   the sighthound, the scent hound and the hound that...


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