Dogs in Group 2: Breed Classification According to the FCI

Learn all the commonalities of group 2 breeds, and understand your pet better.
Dogs in Group 2: Breed Classification According to the FCI

Last update: 09 April, 2018

The International Cynological Federation is responsible for determining the standards of each dog breed and classifying them into groups according to their characteristics. In this article, we are going to discuss which dogs belong in group 2, which include the Pinscher and Schnauzer type, the Molossian type and the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs

Dogs in Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer Type

In the first section of group 2, there are five breeds of Pinschers and 3 types of Schnauzers:

    1. Dobermann

The Dobermann is the most “famous” of the Pinschers, which originated in Germany. They emerged in the late nineteenth century and are considered dangerous. Furthermore, these dogs have a square body, an elongated snout, dark eyes, long pointy ears and dense fur that is vey short and close to the body, and mostly black or brown and tan. Full-grown adults can weigh up to 35 kilograms and they make great watchdogs—especially at night.

Dobermann laying on concrete

    2. Miniature Pinscher

These dogs are the miniature version of the German Pinscher, which are quite popular in their country of origin. They do not exceed 30 centimeters in height and only weigh up to 6 kilograms .This is another breed that has short and smooth fur that is either black or brown. Miniature Pinschers are highly energetic dog with a great instinct as a watchdog, despite their size. On that note, this is one dog breed that isn’t afraid of dogs that outsize them.

    3. Schnauzer

Schnauzers are also of German origin (more precisely from Wurtemberg), but are a little older than the previous breeds we have discussed, since the first two date back to the 15th century. One of their main characteristics is that they have a very thick beard and mustache. Additionally, Schnauzers are very affectionate and friendly dogs. They enjoy being surrounded by their families, and become very protective of the children. This breed is always vigilant and on the alert.

Dogs in Group 2: Molossian type

“Molossian Type” dogs are specifically characterized by their muscular bodies. Apart from that, they have a short heads and snouts and are very good guard dogs. Other words that adequately define this group are Mastiff and Dogo. Of the 40 dog breeds in this division (which in turn are categorized into mastiff type, mountain type, toy) we highlight:

    1. Bulldog

This breed is native to the United Kingdom and dates back to the seventeenth century. Bulldogs have thick shoulders, a large head, a large body with folds or wrinkles and drooping lips, and can weigh up to 22 kilograms. As for their coat, it can be several different colors, such as white, beige, striped or tabby-colored. These dogs are vulnerable to heat stroke and usually have respiratory problems due to the shape of their snout.

    2. St. Bernhardshund (St. Bernard)

St. Bernards are one of the most characteristic Molossians. They emerged in the Swiss Alps at almost 2,500 meters above sea level. Their name also has to do with the Mountain where this breed was born. They are quiet dogs that get along very well with children, and are utilized to assist travelers and rescue efforts. In short, this breed is large, strong and good-natured.

    3. Boston Terrier

Originally from North America, Boston Terriers are a perfect animal for the home. They are small, have a cheerful character, and short fur that is low-maintenance. These dogs are also ideal for city apartments. They have a flattened snout, perky ears, a short tail and their coat is either black and white or tabby-colored.

Boston Terrier laying on a bed

Dogs in Group 2: Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs

This section includes 6 breeds, among which we find:

    1. Bernese Mountain Dog

Originally from Switzerland, these dogs can weigh up to 51 kilograms (the males). Their “official” jobs are herding cattle and protecting the farms. They are highly intelligent, and are therefore also utilized as rescue dogs. Likewise, Bernese Mountain Dogs are affectionate, and have a black coat with a white stomach and brown spots on their faces and paws.

    2. Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund (Great Swiss Mountain Dog)

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs are fellow natives of the previous breed born in the area of ​​the Alps. They are large, can weigh up to 70 kilograms, and their coat, tail, legs and ears are all black. The rest of their bodies can either be white or brown. Furthermore, they are very active dogs that require a healthy dose of physical activity and training in order to be kept as pets.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.