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What are the different classifications of dogs?

Dogs are divided into groups according to the purpose for which they have been bred.

Group Purpose Representative Breeds
Sporting dogs Retrieving game birds Cocker spaniel, English setter, English and water fowl springer spaniel, golden retriever, Irish setter, Labrador retriever, pointer
Hounds Hunting Basenji, beagle, dachshund, foxhound, greyhound, saluki, Rhodesian ridgeback
Terriers Hunting small animals such as rats and foxes Airedale terrier, Bedlington terrier, bull terrier, fox terrier, miniature schnauzer, Scottish terrier, Skye terrier, West Highland white terrier
Toy dogs Small companions or lap dogs Chihuahua, Maltese, Pekingese, Pomeranian, pug, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire terrier
Herding dogs Protect sheep and other livestock Australian cattle dog, bouviers des Flandres, collie, German shepherd, Hungarian puli, Old English sheepdog, Welsh corgi
Working dogs Herding, rescue, and sled dogs Alaskan malamute, boxer, Doberman pinscher, Great Dane, mastiff, St. Bernard, Siberian husky
Non-sporting dogs No specific purpose, not toys Boston terrier, bulldog, Dalmatian, Japanese akita, keeshond, Lhasa apso, poodle


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