Sighthound & Pariah Group

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Sighthound & Pariah Group is the name of a breed Group of dogs, used by the United Kennel Club to classify a defined collection of dog breeds. Sighthound & Pariah Group dogs are not all of the same dog type and may even be of different subspecies (the New Guinea Singing Dog is listed as Canis lupus dingo.)[1] The Fédération Cynologique Internationale refers to Pariah dog types as Primitive types and places them in Group 5 with Spitz types; sighthounds have their own group, Group 10. Other kennel clubs place most hounds together in the Hound Group, and the primitive types in other groups.

Sighthound and Pariah dog types[edit]

Sighthound

Two different types of dogs are listed in this article.

Sighthounds[edit]

Main article: Sighthound

Hounds are hunting dogs that hunt by endurance, following the scent of a game animal (scent hounds); or by speed, following the animal by sight (sighthounds). There are a few breeds of the sighthound type, and many breeds of the scent hound type.

Pariah or Primitive dogs[edit]

New Guinea Singing Dog
Main article: Pariah dog

Pariah dogs refers to a broad class of specific types of feral dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and dogs that may be of another subspecies, Canis lupus dingo. Some zoologists believe that some of these dogs are of separate species. Genetic study may reveal the answer in the future. Any of these animals, if a breed club develops and if the dogs are sufficiently documented according to kennel club rules, might apply for listing as a breed of dog.

Sighthound & Pariah Group[edit]

Kennel clubs assign breeds of dogs to Groups, which are loosely based on breed types. Breed Groups of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale more finely divide breeds by type and origin, and include separate groups for different types of hounds, while other kennel clubs have one group for all hounds. The Sighthound & Pariah Group is a Group category used by the United Kennel Club (US),[2] placing together sighthounds and pariah or primitive type dogs, since both types have similar ancient lineage.[3]

United Kennel Club Sighthound & Pariah Group breeds compared to Group placement by other major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world [4]
Breed Fédération Cynologique Internationale The Kennel Club (UK) Canadian Kennel Club American Kennel Club Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club
Afghan Hound Group 10 Sighthounds/ Section 1 : Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Azawakh Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds Hound Group Not recognised Foundation Stock Service[5] Not recognised Not recognised
Basenji Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 6 : Primitive type Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Borzoi (Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya) Group 10 Sighthounds/ Section 1 : Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Canaan Dog Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 6 : Primitive type Utility Group Group 3 Working Dogs Herding Group Group 7 (Non Sporting) Non-Sporting Group
Carolina Dog not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Chart Polski (Polish Greyhound) Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Cirneco Dell’Etna Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types Hound Group not recognised Foundation Stock Service not recognised not recognised
Greyhound Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Hungarian Greyhound (Magyar Agar) Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Ibizan Hound (Podenco Ibicenco) Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 7: Primitive type - Hunting Dogs Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Irish Wolfhound Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 2: Rough-haired Sighthounds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
New Guinea Singing Dog not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Peruvian Inca Orchid (Perro sin pelo del Perú) Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 6 : Primitive type (one breed, three sizes) not recognised not recognised Foundation Stock Service (Peruvian Hairless Dog) Group 7 (Non Sporting) (one breed, three sizes) (Peruvian Hairless Dog) (Three breeds of different sizes) Non-Sporting Group
Pharaoh Hound Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 6 : Primitive type Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Podenco Canario Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 7 : Primitive type - Hunting Dogs not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Podengo Portugueso Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 7 : Primitive type - Hunting Dogs (Warren Hound) Hound Group not recognised Foundation Stock Service not recognised not recognised
Rhodesian Ridgeback Group 6 Scenthounds and Related Breeds/Section 3 : Related breeds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Saluki Group 10 Sighthounds/ Section 1 : Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Scottish Deerhound Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 2 : Rough-haired Sighthounds (Deerhound) Hound Group Hound Group Hound Group (Deerhound) Group 4 (Hounds) (Deerhound) Hound Group
Silken Windhound not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Sloughi Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds Hound Group not recognised Foundation Stock Service Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Spanish Greyhound Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised not recognised
Thai Ridgeback Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/Section 7 : Primitive type - Hunting Dogs not recognised not recognised Foundation Stock Service not recognised not recognised
Whippet Group 10 Sighthounds/Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds Hound Group Group 2, Hounds Hound Group Group 4 (Hounds) Hound Group
Xoloitzcuintli Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types/ Section 6 : Primitive type (one breed, three sizes) Utility Group (three breeds of different size) Two breeds of different size in Group 6 Non-Sporting one breed in Group 5 Toys Foundation Stock Service Group 7 (Non Sporting) not recognised

Other registries[edit]

This article only covers the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world, but there are national clubs in many countries where many of these breeds may also be listed in similar or other Breed Groups.

Other breeds may be may not be acceptable by major kennel clubs for a variety of reasons, usually that they are too small in number in a particular area, though they may be numerous in their place of origin. These are sometimes called rare breeds, and breeders and dog owners may register their dogs with any of the very large number of small breed clubs, dog sport clubs, minor kennel clubs and internet-based dog businesses in order to participate in the club's or business' activities. For breeds not yet recognised by one of the major kennel clubs, there are usually numerous competing breed clubs for each individual breed.

Not recognised[edit]

A breed that is not recognised by a kennel club means that it has not been sufficiently vetted according to that particular kennel club's rules. It does not mean that the breed is not a breed. Major kennel clubs usually require a breed to have a specific amount of documentation, as well as a large enough breed club to warrant the training of judges for the breed, for the breed to be accepted.

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