Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Mastiff Doesn’t Belong! Sporting Group VS. Working Group

Which breed does not belong to the Sporting Group? It’s the Mastiff, who belongs in the Working Group!

According to the American Kennel Club, members of the Sporting Group are naturally active and alert, and make likeable, well-rounded companions. No offense, Mastiff. That’s why it’s no wonder the fan-favorite Golden Retriever, and other very popular dogs like the Labrador Retriever, made the cut. In fact, according to Animal Planet, Goldens and Labs account for nearly one-quarter of the more than 1 million dogs registered with the AKC every year!

But that’s not to undermine the Mastiff and those canines that fall under the Working Group. Working Group dogs are incredibly strong and intelligent. They’re highly valued for their ability to guard property, pull sleds, and perform water rescues. The Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky and Great Dane are among the dogs that fall into this group, whereas pointers, retrievers, setters, and spaniels fall under the Sporting Group.

Sporting Group canines are notable for their instincts in the water and woods, and many are even active hunters. With that said, it’s important both groups of dogs get a lot of regular, stimulating exercise.

To view the list of dogs in each group, click here.

Can you name all EIGHT dog groups? Check back soon for a description of each of them!

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