The Non-Sporting Group Breeds

The various breeds of the Non-Sporting group may seem quite different at first glance- this is because they are! These dogs were all bred for their own purposes that really donít fall under any of the other breed categories (though in the case of the Poodle, the standard sized dog could actually be considered a sporting breed by most fanciers). These dogs come in many different shapes and sizes and no real generalizations can be made about the Non-Sporting group. Youíll just have to read on to find out more!

American Eskimo Dog  

American Eskimo Dog

Eskies are affectionate, playful, charming, and loving. They are considered to be one of the best family dogs because they are so great with children. They are also extremely obedient. However, some Eskies have a nervous streak, and can become wary of strangers. Because of their love for attention, the American Eskimo needs very affectionate owners.

 

Bichon Frise  

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a very sociable and loving breed; it adapts well to children and other dogs and pets. Their happy temperament is one of the reasons why it is a great family pet. In the presence of humans the Bichon Frise becomes lively and loves it when attention is lavished. As a breed, they are also intelligent, obedient, and easy to train.

 

Boston Terriers  

Boston Terriers

The Boston Terrier is intelligent, enthusiastic, affectionate and playful. This breed gets along well with other pets, dogs, and children. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier a popular companion.

 

Chinese Shar-Pei  

Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-pei is immediately noticed for its loose, droopy, and wrinkly skin and corresponding stern, mournful expression. They are an intelligent, alert breed that was originally bred for fighting but now serves as an excellent family dog.

 

Chow Chow  

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is a very independent breed and can be aloof and reserved to strangers. Although they are considered a well-mannered breed, the Chow Chow can also become bossy and extremely wilfull. It has the ability to become very dominant but an owner that demonstrates leadership over the Chow Chow will get its respect. If socialized well, it will be a good companion for children and can adapt to other household pets.

 

Dalmatians  

Dalmatians

Dalmatians have a high energy level, and a high stamina level as well. They are highly loyal, sensitive, and very playful. Dalmatians need constant attention and care, as they tend to get depressed when no one is around to shower them with affection. They are also one of the few breeds with great memory. In fact, Dalmations can remember a single case of bad treatment for a long period of time.

 

Finnish Spitz  

Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz is an active and lively dog, making it an ideal companion for children and adults alike. The Finnish Spitz is also known as an active barking dog and thus requires obedience training in order to make them realize when and when not to make noise.

 

French Bulldog  

French Bulldogs

The French Bulldog is a very cheerful and affectionate dog that comes with an equally playful attitude. While it is generally friendly with everyone, it, more often than not, bonds more closely with one person. Most French Bulldogs also relate well with other breeds, although some males can be quite aggressive. And while they can be quite headstrong, they respond to patient and consistent training.

 

Keeshond  

Keeshond

The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog whose physical features make it look like it’s a toy wolf and a small lion combined. It is a family favorite, being an out-going companion and great with kids. It is lively, alert, and intelligent. As s household member, it is affectionate, friendly, and on the go for family affairs. With other pets, it is tolerable or timid (if not socialized as a pup). Its common trait is spinning in circles, which it does when delighted. In fact, this breed can be trained to perform.

 

lhasa apso  

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a lively dog with an assertive mind and lively disposition. It is a smart dog that knows how to respond well to motivational training. It is also a great watchdog, for it has a keen hearing sense and barks appropriately with its deep woof. It is protective and naturally suspicious of strangers. However, it is a generally friendly dog.

 

lowchens  

Lowchens

The Lowchen is a cheerful pet, ideal for the household. It is sociable, affectionate, and intelligent. It goes well with the children as well as with the other pets. To its humans it is sweet, caring, and loyal. It is responsive to training. Its handsome and cuddly appearance can be deceiving, for it is protective of the house and when challenged, will not hesitate to reveal its courageous and tough spirit. Although small, it will even assert to become the household’s top pet. Some Lowchens may have the tendency to bark and dig a lot.

 

poodles  

Poodles

The Poodle is a highly intelligent and very trainable breed. It is also an extremely healthy breed, which explains why so many hybrid breeds are half poodle. They tend to be friendly towards children and strangers, though the smaller varieties tend to be livelier than the standard.

 

Schipperke  

Schipperkes

The Schipperke is a highly energetic breed that enjoys the companionship of other dogs, irregardless of size, and is curious about almost everything. The breed is very intelligent and independent, always in search of an adventure. It is also alert and is a perfect choice as a watchdog. It loves to howl and bark and is wary in the presence of strangers.

 

Shiba Inu  

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is regarded as big dog trapped in a small body, because of its bold and courageous attitude and preference for adventure. It guards its territory and can be a good watchdog. But despite this, this breed is affectionate and loving, making it good companions for small children. It tends to be quite reserved initially, especially with strangers. It is also not advisable to leave them with small pets, as they can tend to be aggressive.

 

Tibetan Spaniel  

Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small, smart, sweet, trusting and attractive breed. To their humans, they are highly protective, loyal, affectionate, and great towards the kids. It also can get along well with other animals. It is a decent watchdog and companion. It can be slightly hard to train due to its sometimes willful and assertive attitude.

 

Tibetan Terrier  

Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier looks like a sheepdog due to its long profuse double coat. Such double coat gives it a huggable and shaggy look with its finer outer coat either straight or wavy and its inner coat soft and woolly. It is an ancient breed originally bred by Tibetan monks and maintained as a breed for 2000 years. It is a significant contributor to other Tibetan breeds.

 

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