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Breed Groups (dog)

A Breed Group is a categorization of related breeds of animal by an overseeing organization, used to organize the showing of animals. In dogs, kennel clubs define the Breed Groups and decide which dog breeds are to be included in each Breed Group. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale Breed Groups are used to organize dogs for international competition. Breed Groups often have the names of, and are loosely based on, ancestral dog types of modern dog breeds.

Recognized Breed Groups


The Fédération Cynologique Internationale makes sure that dogs in its 84 member countries can compete together, by establishing common nomenclature and making sure that pedigrees are mutually recognized in all the member countries. So internationally, dog breeds are organized in ten groups, each with subsections according to breed type and origin.

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

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