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Groups of Breeds

For conformation shows, dog breeds in Australia, and many other countries, are classified into seven groups where breeds that were bred for similar functions are grouped together.

The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) approves breed standards for all recognised breeds, and these standards are based on the Standard as adopted by the country from where the breed originated or was developed.

The links for each group below will list the Breeds in each groups and the Breed Standards for each breed listed on the ANKC website. 

Many breeds also have a Breed Standard Extension document.  These give more information about the history of the breed and their personality and a fuller explanation of the meaning of the Breed Standard.

Toy dogs -  Group 1

These are small dogs who are primarily bred as companion animals.

Terriers - Group 2

These breeds were to keep home and farm free from vermin.

Gundogs - Group 3

These dogs were bred to work in the field.

Hounds - Group 4

Hounds were bred for many forms of hunting including.

Working Dogs - Group 5

These breeds work alongside farmers and others.

Utility Dogs - Group 6

Bred to work as protectors and family guardians.

Non-Sporting - Group 7

A diverse group of breeds who are more individual in their function, but do not fit into any of the other groups.

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