AKC Recognized Breeds Dog Breeds Accepted in the American Kennel Club

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AKC Recognized Breeds

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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

Continue reading to find out about the UKC recognized vreeds.

UKC Recognized Breeds 

You probably know several dog breeds: Labrador RetrieverShih TzuFrench BulldogJack Russell Terrier (pictured above)... But most people don't know more than a few dozen dog breeds, if that. The UKC, or the United Kennel Club, is an organization dedicated to helping breeders maintain best practices and providing events for dogs to show off their skills and instincts. A different organization from the American Kennel Club, the UKC has dogs registered from 25 foreign countries and prides itself on events that highlight dog performance as well as looks.

So what are the UKC recognized breeds of dogs? There are around 365 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the UKC--you could learn about a new dog every day of the year!

Well Known UKC Breeds

In addition to the popular dogs mentioned above, other well known breeds recognized by the UKC are the Dalmatian, famous for their stunning spots and protective instincts, the amiable and easy-to-train Cocker Spaniel, and of course of America's perennial favorites, the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.

Little Known UKC Breeds

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You may never have heard of the Shipperke, small dogs first bred in Belgium, or the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (pictured just above), whose sunset orange coats set them apart as much as their playfulness, but these are both UKC dog breeds. 

The Saluki and the Briard are lesser-known dog breeds whose ears are covered in long soft hair--the Saluki's ears hang down and the Briard's stand up, giving their ears the looks of cones with hair tumbling down all sides.

The Kuvasz is possibly the oldest known dog breed, and has soft curly hair like the sheep it was bred to guard.

With more than 350 other dog breeds and varieties, the UKC has a huge list of possibilities for those looking for the perfect dog.

The Complete UKC Dog Breed List

Companion Dogs

Affenpinscher
Bichon Frise
Bolognese
Boston Terrier
Brussels Griffon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chihuahua
Chinese Crested
Coton De Tulear
Dalmatian
English Bulldog
English Toy Spaniel
French Bulldog
Havanese
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Lhasa Apso
Lรถwchen
Maltese
Miniature Pinscher
Multi-Colored Poodle
Papillon
Pekingese
Pomeranian
Poodle
Russkiy Toy
Schipperke
Shih Tzu
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

Guardian Dogs

Aidi (Atlas Mountain Dog)
Akbash Dog
Alentejo Mastiff
American Bulldog
Anatolian Shepherd
Appenzeller
Bernese Mountain Dog
Black Russian Terrier
Boxer
Bullmastiff
Cane Corso Italiano
Cao de Castro Laboreiro
Caucasian Ovcharka
Central Asian Shepherd
Cimarron Uruguayo
Danish Broholmer
Doberman Pinscher
Dogo Argentino
Dogue De Bordeaux
Entlebucher
Estrela Mountain Dog
Giant Schnauzer
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Hovawart
Kangal Dog
Karst Shepherd Dog
Komondor
Kuvasz
Leonberger
Majorca Mastiff
Maremma Sheepdog
Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiff
Newfoundland
Owczarek Podhalanski
Perro De Presa Canario
Pyrenean Mastiff
Rottweiler
Saint Bernard
Sarplaninac
Slovac Cuvac
Spanish Mastiff
Standard Schnauzer
Tibetan Mastiff
Tornjak
Tosa Ken

Gun Dogs

American Water Spaniel
Barbet
Boykin Spaniel
Bracco Italiano
Braque D'Auvergne
Braque de Bourbonais
Braque de l'Ariege
Braque Francais, de Grande Taille
Braque Francais, de Petite Taille
Braque Saint Germain
Brittany
Cesky Fousek
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever
Deutscher Wachtelhund (German Spaniel)
Drentse Patrijshond
English Cocker Spaniel
English Pointer
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
Epagneul Bleu de Picardie
Epagneul Breton
Epagneul de Pont-Audemer
Epagneul Francais (French Spaniel)
Epagneul Picard
Field Spaniel
Flat-Coated Retriever
Fresian Water Dog
German Long Haired Pointer
German Rough Haired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Water Spaniel
Kooikerhondje
Labrador Retriever
Lagotto Romagnolo
Large Munsterlander
Multi-Colored Standard Poodle
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Old Danish Pointing Dog
Perdiguero de Burgos
Portuguese Pointer
Portuguese Water Dog
Pudelpointer
Slovakian Wire-Haired Pointing Dog
Small Munsterlander
Spanish Water Dog
Spinone Italiano
Stabyhoun
Standard Poodle
Sussex Spaniel
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Herding Dogs

Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Kelpie
Australian Shepherd
Bearded Collie
Beauceron
Belgian Shepherd Dog
Bergamasco
Berger Des Pyrenees
Berger Picard
Border Collie
Bouvier Des Ardennes
Bouvier des Flandres
Briard
Ca de Bestiar (Majorca Shepherd Dog)
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Catalonian Sheepdog
Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin
Ciobanesc Romanesc Mioritic
Collie
Croatian Sheepdog
Czechoslovakian Vlcak (Czechoslovakian Wolfdog)
Dutch Shepherd
English Shepherd
German Shepherd Dog
Icelandic Sheepdog
Lancashire Heeler
Lapinporokoira (Lapponian Herder)
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Mudi
Old English Sheepdog
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Polski Owczarek Nizinny (Polish Owczarek Nizinny)
Portuguese Sheepdog
Puli
Pumi
Saarloosewolfdog
Schapendoes
Shetland Sheepdog
South Russian Shepherd Dog
Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Swedish Vallhund
White Shepherd

Northern Breeds

Akita
Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Malamute
American Eskimo
Canadian Eskimo Dog
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chinook
Chow Chow
East Siberian Laika
Eurasian
Finnish Lapphund
Finnish Spitz
German Spitz
Greenland Dog
Hokkaido
Japanese Akita
Japanese Spitz
Jindo
Kai
Karelian Bear Dog
Keeshond
Kishu
Lundehund
Norrbottenspetz
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Elkhound
Russian-European Laika
Samoyed
Shiba
Shikoku
Siberian Husky
Swedish Elkhound
Swedish Lapphund
Volpino Italiano
West Siberian Laika

Scenthounds

Alpine Drachsbracke
American Black & Tan Coonhound
American Foxhound
American Leopard Hound
Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie
Ariegeois
Austrian Black and Tan Hound
Barak
Basset Artesien Normand
Basset Bleu De Gascogne
Basset Fauve De Bretagne
Basset Hound
Bavarian Mountain Hound
Beagle
Beagle Harrier
Billy
Black Forest Hound (Slovakian Hound)
Black Mouth Cur
Bloodhound
Bluetick Coonhound
Briquet Griffon Vendeen
Chien d'Artois
Chien Francais Blanc et Noir
Chien Francais Tricolore
Dachshund
Deutsche Bracke
Drever
Dunker
English Coonhound
English Foxhound
Finnish Hound
Francais Blanc et Orange
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Grand Bleu De Gascogne
Grand Gascon-Saintongeois
Grand Griffon Vendeen
Great Anglo-Francais Tricolor Hound
Great Anglo-Francais White and Black Hound
Great Anglo-Francais White and Orange Hound
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
Griffon Nivernais
Haldenstover (Halden Hound)
Hamiltonstovare
Hanoverian Hound
Harrier
Hellenic Hound
Hygen Hound
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
Istrian Short-Haired Hound
Italian Hound
Montenegrin Mountain Hound
Mountain Cur
Otterhound
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Petit Bleu De Gascogne
Petit Gascon-Saintongeois
Plott Hound
Poitevin
Polish Hound
Porcelaine
Posavaz Hound
Redbone Coonhound
Schiller Hound
Serbian Hound
Serbian Tricolor Hound
Smaland Hound
Small Swiss Hound
Spanish Hound
Stephens' Cur
Styrian Coarse Haired Hound
Swiss Hound
Transylvanian Hound
Treeing Cur
Treeing Walker Coonhound
Tyrolean Hound
Welsh Hound
Westphalian Dachsbracke

Sighthounds & Pariahs

Afghan Hound
Azawakh
Basenji
Borzoi
Canaan Dog
Carolina Dog
Chart Polski (Polish Greyhound)
Cirneco dell'Etna
Greyhound
Hungarian Greyhound (Magyar Agar)
Ibizan Hound
Irish Wolfhound
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Pharaoh Hound
Podenco Canario
Podengo Portugueso
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saluki
Scottish Deerhound
Silken Windhound
Sloughi
Spanish Greyhound
Thai Ridgeback
Whippet
Xoloitzcuintli

Terriers

Airedale Terrier
American Hairless Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
Australian Terrier
Austrian Pinscher
Bedlington Terrier
Border Terrier
Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Cesky Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Danish-Swedish Farmdog
Dutch Smoushond
German Pinscher
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Irish Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Jagdterrier
Japanese Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Kromfohrlander
Lakeland Terrier
Manchester Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terrier
Norwich Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Patterdale Terrier
Rat Terrier
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Silky Terrier
Skye Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Sporting Lucas Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Treeing Feist
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier

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