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AKC Recognized Breeds

Dog Breeds Accepted in the American Kennel Club

By Kat Sherbo. April 25, 2013 | See Comments

AKC Recognized Breeds

We all probably know a few dog breeds, but the American Kennel Club lists 175! Find out more about AKC dog breeds.

For the lay person, dog breeds may be grouped into hazy categories like "Lab," "Tiny Yippee Dog," or "Really Big Dog." Many of us know Golden Retrievers from Chihuahuas, but what about a Basenji from a Borzoi?

The American Kennel Club is a group dedicated to the sport and lifestyle commitment of raising dogs. It was started in 1884 by dog enthusiasts who wanted to bring the dog shows and field trials of their various cities into one organization. In the US, they're considered an authority on designating different dog breeds. There are currently 175 AKC Recognized Breeds, and more are added occasionally.

The newest to the mix? The Bluetick Coonhound, Boykin Spaniel, Redbone Coonhound, Icelandic Sheepdog, Cane Corso, and Leonberger are some of the newest dogs recognized by the AKC. Why might a dog be excluded? The club says: "either because there are too few dogs (of that breed) in this country or there is too little interest among owners of these breeds to obtain AKC registered status."

The Most Common AKC Breeds

You've probably met many Labrador RetrieversGerman Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers in your day. These dogs are family favorites for their friendly dispositions and intelligence. They're always up for a run in the park. Beagles have buoyant personalities, Bulldogs are loving and protective, and Yorkshire Terriers are energetic companions. These three dogs come in fourth through sixth in terms of popularity, and it's not hard to see why.

Little Known AKC Breeds

If you've seen a Komondor, you probably remember it well. These dogs have a coat that grows out like white dreadlocks!

anatolian-shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog (pictured just above) was first bred to guard livestock in Asia. They're incredibly intelligent, but take dedicated training.

Basenjis probably originated in Egypt, as evidenced by ancient drawings and work depicting dogs that look just like them.

The tall, lanky Borzoi is known for being cat-like to their pet parents, though they've also been employed to protect owners from wolves in Russia!

Keeshonds (pictured at top) are also known as "smiling Dutchmen" because of their constantly smiling muzzle.

The sturdy Bouvier des Flandres were used to carry messages during WWI. Today they make calm family pets.

The Complete AKC Dog Breed List

Affenpinscher
Afghan Hound
Airedale Terrier
Akita
Alaskan Malamute
American English Coonhound
American Eskimo Dog
American Foxhound
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Australian Terrier
Basenji
Basset Hound
Beagle
Bearded Collie
Beauceron
Bedlington Terrier
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichon Frise
Black Russian Terrier
Black and Tan Coonhound
Bloodhound
Bluetick Coonhound
Border Collie
Border Terrier
Borzoi
Boston Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Boxer
Boykin Spaniel
Briard
Brittany
Brussels Griffon
Bull Terrier
Bulldog
Bullmastiff
Cairn Terrier
Canaan Dog
Cane Corso
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cesky Terrier
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chihuahua
Chinese Crested
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chinook
Chow Chow
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Collie
Curly-Coated Retriever
Dachshund
Dalmatian
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Dogue de Bordeaux
English Cocker Spaniel
English Foxhound
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Field Spaniel
Finnish Lapphund
Finnish Spitz
Flat-Coated Retriever
French Bulldog
German Pinscher
German Shepherd Dog
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Giant Schnauzer
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greyhound
Harrier
Havanese
Ibizan Hound
Icelandic Sheepdog
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wolfhound
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Keeshond
Kerry Blue Terrier
Komondor
Kuvasz
Labrador Retriever
Lakeland Terrier
Leonberger
Lhasa Apso
Lowchen
Maltese
Manchester Terrier
Mastiff
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Schnauzer
Neapolitan Mastiff
Newfoundland
Norfolk Terrier
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Elkhound
Norwegian Lundehund
Norwich Terrier
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Old English Sheepdog
Otterhound
Papillon
Parson Russell Terrier
Pekingese
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Pharaoh Hound
Plott
Pointer
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Pomeranian
Poodle
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
Portuguese Water Dog
Pug
Puli
Pyrenean Shepherd
Redbone Coonhound
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rottweiler
Russell Terrier
Saluki
Samoyed
Schipperke
Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
Shiba Inu
Shih Tzu
Siberian Husky
Silky Terrier
Skye Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spinone Italiano
St. Bernard
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Sussex Spaniel
Swedish Vallhund
Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Treeing Walker Coonhound
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Whippet
Wire Fox Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Xoloitzcuintli
Yorkshire Terrier

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