Pedigree Group Lesson:
Pedigree dogs are those which have been bred to conform to a Kennel Club breed standard. As more foreign dogs are introduced to Britain, additional breeds are frequently added to the Kennel Club’s long list. Divided into seven groups, the Pastoral, Gundog, Hound, Utility, Terrier, Toy, and Working Groups.
In other countries Kennel Clubs also recognize different breeds, although in most countries the majority of dog breeds recognized in Britain are included in their own official breed lists too. Grouping differs from country to country. In the United States there are seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Working, and Herding ; whilst the Federation Cynologique International (FCI), The World Canine Organization, recognizes 329 breeds divided into 10 different groups. In consequence, several of the breeds which belong in a certain group in one country find themselves differently grouped elsewhere. Of course not all dogs are pedigree-bred. There are also cross-breeds and mongrels.