Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How many dog breeds are there?

It's not possible to put an exact number on the dog breeds of the world, because many varieties might be recognized by one breed registration group but not by another. The World Canine Organization (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) is the largest registry of dog breeds that's internationally accepted, and they have 343 breeds at the moment. 

These 343 breeds are divided into ten groups based on the dog's purpose, function, appearance, or size. Currently, the ten groups are:

  1. Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs other than Sweiss Cattle Dogs
  2. Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs
  3. Terriers
  4. Dachshunds
  5. Spitz and Primitive Types
  6. Scenthounds and Related Breeds
  7. Pointing Dogs
  8. Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dgos
  9. Companion and Toy Dogs
  10. Sighthounds
Each group is in turn divided into subgroups of dog breeds, and each has been assigned a country or region of origin. This isn't necessarily the country where the dog breed first appeared; it's often the first nation to have recognized and registered the breed.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

1 comment:

  1. Way too many breed to really nail it down is what we would say!