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What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

What different types of small dogs are there? All the dog breeds in the world are divided into different groups according to what types of dogs they are, and what they originally have been bred to do.

The names of the groups and which groups the breeds are placed in, differ somewhat depending on if you look at the American Kennel Club’s (AKC), FCI’s (the world canine organisation) or the Kennel Club of Great Britain’s (KC) groups. Most of the breeds are placed similarly though, and I explain all of them below.

Here are all the groups each with a list of small dog breeds. I have only included the breeds under(or about) 40 cm/16 inches high.

Breeds of Hunting Dogs That Point, Locate or Retrieve
Breeds in this group are active, very affectionate and have high hunting instincts! Also known as the sporting group or gundog group. The Cocker Spaniel is one of the breeds here.

What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

Toy Dog Breeds – Companion Miniature Dogs
The toy dog breeds group has the smallest dog breeds, but maybe the biggest personalities! Here’s a list of all toy dogs, including popular breeds like the Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle.

What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

Herding Cattle and Sheep Dogs
Examples of small dogs in this group are Shetland Sheepdog, Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund.

What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

Hound Dogs Using Scent or Sight To Chase Game
Breeds like the Basset Hound and Beagle are in this group.

What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

Different Types of Terriers
Terrier dog breeds are vermin hunters, and full of self confidence and character. Examples of terrier breeds are Australian Terrier, Cairn Terrier.

What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

Utility/Non Sporting Companion Dogs
Small dogs like the Poodle, Schipperke and Boston Terrier.

What Different Types of Small Dogs are classified By Dog Groups?

Working Dogs
Dog breeds who were bred to work as guard dogs, sled dogs and rescue dogs. This group consists only of large dogs.