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Know your dogs: Which are most popular and most expensive?

The 7 Groups of Dogs
According to the American Kennel Club, there are 7 groups or classifications of dogs. Those 7 groups are:

  1. Hound Dogs. These dogs were bred to hunt game without feathers. They hunt mammals like deer, fox, and rabbits. Some hound dogs are the Greyhound, the Basset Hound, the Dachshund, and the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
  2. Working Dogs. These animals were bred to serve man. They pulled sleds, were police dogs, war dogs and search and rescue dogs. Some working dogs are the Boxer, the Doberman Pinscher, the Rottweiler, the Alaskan Malamute, and the St. Bernard.
  3. Sporting Dogs. Sporting dogs were bred to hunt feathered game like pheasants. Some sporting dogs are the Cocker Spaniel, the Pointer, the Irish Setter, the Labrador Retriever, and the Golden Retriever.
  4. Herding Dogs. These dogs were bred originally to herd sheep. They were good watchdogs. Some herding dogs are the Collie, the Old English Sheepdog, the Shetland Sheepdog, the Welsh Corgi, and the German Shepherd.
  5. Terrier Dogs. Terrier dogs were bred to dig into the ground to hunt animals in burrows. Some terriers are the West Highland White Terrier, the Norwich Terrier, the Fox Terrier, the Jack Russell Terrier, and the Welsh Terrier.
  6. Toy Dogs. These animals were bred to be companions to people. They were considered portable because they could be easily carried. Some toy dogs are the Pug, the Chihuahua, the Pekingese, the Pomeranian, the Toy Poodle, the Yorkie, and the Shih Tzu.
  7. Non-sporting Dogs. These dogs are very smart and can perform many different kinds of activities. Some non-sporting dogs are the Bulldog, the Chow Chow, the Dalmatian, the Lhasa Apso, and the Poodle.

If you know what your dog was originally bred to do, it might give you an idea about its personality and information about how it will fit into your family. For instance, a terrier who likes to dig might not be a good idea for a family that has prize-winning roses in their backyard.

The Most Popular Breeds of Dogs (based on ownership)
The ten most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2013 are:

  1. Labrador Retrievers
  2. German Shepherds
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Beagles
  5. Bulldogs
  6. Yorkshire Terriers
  7. Boxers
  8. Poodles
  9. Rottweilers
  10. Dachshunds


The Top 3 Most Expensive Dog Breeds (based on 2013 statistics)

  1. The German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  3. Samoyed

So there you are – an exciting list of dog breeds, with some interesting facts and figures. For more information, visit: The Worlds 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

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