Non-Sporting Group

The Non-Sporting group appears to be the AKC "catch-all" group, where dog breeds that do not fit nicely into one of the other breed groups find their home. It includes the most diverse assortment of dogs in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance.

A lot of dogs in this group can arguably be included in one of the other groups, had AKC chosen. For instance, the Dalmatian has been classified in the Working Group in England. This dog often was used to accompany horse-drawn carriages for passenger protection. They later were used (as most of us are probably aware) to help firemen during their travels to a blaze, due to their natural affinity to horses.

All of the dogs in the Non-Sporting group are unique. Some of them are breeds not commonly seen out and about. Others are among the most popular of dogs. Mostly, they are an alert and lively group and make fine companions. So much so that another name often used for this group is the Companion Group.

The background of these dogs is so varied, however, that it would be unrealistic to classify them as generally better companions than any other group. Each breed must be evaluated on its own merits in this group.

The following dog breeds are currently in the Non-Sporting group. For information on each breed, click on the link in the menu on the right.

  • American Eskimo Dog
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Chow Chow
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Dalmatian
  • Finnish Spitz
  • French Bulldog
  • Keeshond
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Norwegian Lundehund
  • Poodle
  • Schipperke
  • Shiba Inu
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli
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