The American Kennel Club categorizes their 190 breeds into 8 different groups. As part of our ongoing breed series (Getting to Know Your…), we wanted to take a global look at these classifications and what characteristics separate the dogs into these different groups.The AKC breed groups are:
- Herding Group
- Sporting Group
- Toy Group
- Working Group
- Hound Group
- Non-Working Group
- Terrier Group
- Miscellaneous Group
Today, we look at the Miscellaneous Group.
If you think that name sounds like a catch-all, you’d be right. It is a designation for dog breeds that are making a bid to be recognized by the AKC and are in the process of fulfilling the AKC requirements. This is what the AKC website says about the Miscellaneous Class:“The breeds currently eligible to participate in the Miscellaneous Class are still enrolled in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®. FSS® enrollment is maintained until the AKC Board of Directors accepts the breed for regular status.”
The AKC Foundation Stock Service is a service offered by the AKC which allows purebred rare breeds to continue to develop while providing them with the security of a reliable and reputable avenue to maintain their records.
The Miscellaneous Class is a steppingstone to full AKC acceptance. Dogs typically participate in the Miscellaneous class for 1-3 years before full acceptance in the AKC Registry. There are several criteria that must be met in order to meet full acceptance:
- A demonstrated following and interest (minimum of 100 active household members) in the breed (in the form of a National Breed Club).
- A sufficient population in this country (minimum of 300-400 dogs), with a three-generation pedigree. Dogs in that pedigree must all be of the same breed.
- Geographic distribution of the dogs and people (located in 20 or more states).
- AKC must review and approve the club’s breed standard as well as the club’s constitution and by-laws. Breed observations must be completed by AKC Field Staff.
The following is a list of dogs currently accepted in the Miscellaneous Class:
- Belgian Laekenois
- Dogo Argentino
- Dutch Shepherd
- Lancashire Heeler
- Peruvian Inca Orchid
- Portuguese Podengo
- Russian Toy