Dog Breeds : Non-Sporting Group

The Non-Sporting Dog Breed group consists of all the dogs that do not share any mutual characteristic and do not fit into other groups. It comprises a wide array of dogs of all different shapes, sizes, colors and temperament, from the cuddly Bichon Frise, to the striking Dalmatian, sturdy Chow Chow, to the compact French Bulldog and the foxlike Keeshond. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds so it is hard to generalize about this group of dogs. Most of these are good watchdogs and housedogs. In different parts of the world, these breeds are also referred to as  Companions, Utility Breeds or Northern Breeds.

Following are the 20 Dog Breeds falling in the NON-SPORTING GROUP:

American Eskimo
  • Origin : Germany, United States
  • Other Names : Cloud Spitz, American Spitz, German Spitz
  • Common Nicknames : Cloud, Eskie
  • Height: 15-19 in (40–48 cm)
  • Weight: Starts at 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
  • Temperament : Intelligent, Reserved, Protective, Alert
  • Training : This breed requires to be exercised daily, rain or shine, for at least 45 minutes per day. For old Eskies, exercise is very important but the duration and intensity should be adjusted to their tempo and stamina.
  • Grooming: Grooming should done weekly to keep tangles and mats in their dense coat under control. Bathe them every two months and brush their coat once a week or more to maintain a lustrous, healthy coat.
  • Av. lifespan : 12–15 yrs

Bichon Frise

  • Origin: Spain, France
  • Other Names: Bichón Tenerife, Bichon à Poil Frisécommon
  • Common Nicknames: The Powder Puff
  • Height: 9–11 in (23–28 cm)
  • Weight: 7-12 lbs (3.0-5.5 kg)
  • Temperament: Cheerful, Fiesty, Sensitive, Affectionate, Playful, Gentle
  • Training: Bichon is a relatively easy dog to train. These dogs are eager and willing. They are also somewhat sensitive, so harsh corrective training methods are not suited to this breed.
  • Grooming: Bichon Frise needs two types of coat care: Regular (preferably daily) Maintenance Brushing and full grooming every one to three weeks. Brushing helps to remove any trapped hair, dirt or debris and keep tangles and mats from forming.
  • Av. lifespan: 12–15 yrs

Boston Terrier

  • Origin: The United States of America
  • Other Names: Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood
  • Common Nicknames:  “American Gentleman”
  • Height: 9–15 in (23–38 cm)
  • Weight: 6–25 lb (3–11 kg)
  • Temperament: Intelligent, Friendly, Lively
  • Training: Their exercise requirements are fairly low and only need a small amount of mental and physical exercise to prevent them from becoming high-strung and anxious. They do not require daily exercise, which makes them ideal apartment dogs. They don’t bark excessively, and if trained properly, will only bark when they are playing. 
  • Grooming: With a short, shiny, smooth coat, Boston Terriers require little grooming. They produce light shedding, and weekly brushing of their fine coat is effective at removing loose hair. Brushing promotes the health of the coat because it distributes skin oils, and it also encourages new hair growth. Occasional bathing is suitable for the low-maintenance breed.
  • Av. Lifespan: 13 – 15 yrs

  • Origin: England
  • Other Names: English Bulldog, British Bulldog
  • Common Nicknames: Sourmug
  • Height: 12.2-15.8 in (31-40 cm)
  • Weight: 40-55 lbs (18-25 kg)
  • Temperament: Docile, Friendly, Willful, Gregarious
  • Training: Secret to a well-behaved Bulldog is to start with training as early as you adopt him. Early training helps the puppy better develop his brain and habits (potty training, leash training, socialization and more!). Bulldogs as pets are a great choice because they are a happy and relaxed breed.
  • Grooming: A Bulldog requires regular bathing and grooming. They can be bathed as frequently as every week up to no more than every six weeks depending on his lifestyle. Regular bathing is essential to maintain healthy skin and coat.
  • Av. Lifespan: 8-10 yrs
Chinese Shar-Pei

  • Origin: China
  • Other Names: Cantonese Shar-Pei
  • Common Nicknames: Chinese Fighting Dog, Chinese Bulldog 
  • Height: 18-22 in (46-56 cm)
  • Weight: 40-65 lb (18-29 kg)
  • Temperament: Suspicious, Devoted, Reserved, Affectionate, Independent, Loving
  • Training: They are active, quick-learning, and intelligent. This breed requires a firm, confident pet parent who can train in a consistent and rewarding manner.
  • Grooming: Majority of Shar-Peis have a short and bristly coat where the individual hairs stick straight out. Their coats do not need to be trimmed. Brushing is essential to remove dead hair.
  • Av. Lifespan: 9–11 yrs
Chow Chow

  • Origin: China
  • Other: Chow
  • Common Nicknames: Sōng-Shī Quǎn or the Puffy-Lion Dog
  • Height: 17-22 in (43-56 cm)
  • Weight: 35-90 lb (16-41 kg)
  • Temperament: Aloof, Loyal, Independent, Quiet
  • Training: While training your Chow Chow puppy, keep him close to you. This will teach your puppy that you are his caregiver and help building the bond and trust between the two of you. During playtime with your pup, practice having him come to you by enticing him with a toy he loves to play with.
  • Grooming: The Chow Chow's coat needs frequent grooming to keep the distinctive lion-like shape of this breed and to prevent matting of the dense undercoat. Brush the Chow's teeth gently with canine toothpaste and a soft brush.
  • Av. Lifespan: 9-15 yrs
Coton De Tulear

  • Origin: Madagascar
  • Other Names: Coton, Cotie
  • Height: 8.7–11.8 in (22–30 cm)
  • Weight: 7.7–18 lb (3.5–8.0 kg)
  • Temperament: Vocal, Intelligent, Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Trainable
  • Training: This breed can become destructive when not properly trained and exercised. While they are small, they need a bit of exercise every day. A brisk walk or game of fetch will be enough to keep them healthy
  • Grooming: They require routine bathing and brushing. This happy, affectionate breed has a profuse coat which needs to be bathed as frequently as every week up to no longer than every 3 weeks.
  • Av. Lifespan: 14-16 yrs

  • Origin: Croatia
  • Other names: Carriage Do, Spotted Coach Dog, Leopard Carriage Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog
  • Common nicknames:  The English Coach Dog, The Carriage Dog, The Plum Pudding Dog, The Fire House Dog.
  • Height: 22–24 in (56–61 cm)
  • Weight: 45-60 lbs (20-27 kg)
  • Temperament: Intelligent, Active, Sensitive, Energetic, Friendly, Outgoing, Playful
  • Training: Training Dalmatians is all about rewarding good behavior and correcting bad habits. The Dalmatian breed is very intelligent and that sometimes can make training difficult. Key to quick training results is being confident, consistent and positive throughout each training session.
  • Grooming: Overall, Dalmatian grooming is a relatively easy task. This breed's short coat does shed a lot, so frequent brushing (3-4 times per week) will be necessary, but since Dalmatians are fond of cleaning themselves (and have little to no "doggy odor"), baths are only needed occasionally.
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-14 yrs
Finnish Spitz

  • Origin: Finland
  • Other names: Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva
  • Common nicknames: Finnish Barking Bird Dog, Finkie
  • Height:  15-20 in (38-51 cm)
  • Weight: 30-35 lb (14-16 kg)
  • Temperament: Intelligent, Loyal, Happy, Independent, Playful, Vocal
  • Training: The Finnish Spitz learns quickly. These dogs will greet you with throaty sounds of crooning, purring, and yodeling. They love to bark, and their barking pattern is high-pitched, piercing, and rapid (more than 150 barks per minute).
  • Grooming: The Finnish Spitz is a dog that does require frequent bathing and grooming. Their coat needs to be bathed as frequently as weekly up to no longer than every 3 weeks in order to prevent the dog from becoming matted and tangled.
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-15 yrs

French Bulldog

  • Origin: France
  • Other names: Bouledogue Français
  • Common nicknames: Frenchies
  • Height: 11-12 in (28-30 cm)
  • Weight:16-28 lb (7-12 kg)
  • Temperament: Affectionate, Alert, Playful, Easygoing, Keen, Sociable, Patient, Lively
  • Training: French Bulldogs are easy to train, but at times they can also be stubborn. One has to be firm and patient when training this breed. If you value cleanliness then the French Bulldog may not be the dog for you, since he is prone to drooling, flatulence and some shedding. He can also be difficult to housetrain.
  • Grooming: Frenchies do not need haircuts. As a short-haired breed of dog, their hair and fur remains short and does not need to be regularly cut. Frenchie will require a little grooming, but there is no need to trim their hair.
  • Av. Lifespan: 11-14 yrs


  • Origin: Germany, Netherlands
  • Other names: Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, German Spitz, Wolfspitz
  • Common nicknames: Kees
  • Height: 16-19 in (40-48 cm)
  • Weight: 33-44 lb (15-20 kg)
  • Temperament: Obedient, Bright, Sturdy, Agile, Playful, Quick,
  • Training: keeshond are relatively easy to train. Rarely are they nuisance barkers, but they will bark a warning that a stranger is near.
  • Grooming: Keeshond should be brushed once a week. It typically takes about an hour. A weekly brushing will go more quickly and easily, be more comfortable for the dog, and keep your Keeshond looking splendid!
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-14 yrs
Lhasa Apso

  • Origin: Tibet
  • Common nicknames: Lhasa, Lion Dog
  • Height: 10–11 in (25–28 cm)
  • Weight: 15–18 lb (7–8 kg)
  • Temperament: Assertive, Energetic, Alert, Obedient, Steady, Spirited, Devoted, Lively, Playful, Friendly
  • Training: Lhasa Apsos can be headstrong, but they aren't impossible to train. It might take a little extra work, but it will be worth it when you're getting "Lhasa" compliments on your well-behaved Apso.
  • Grooming: the Lhasa Apso does require frequent bathing and grooming. This breed can be bathed and groomed as frequently as once a week up to every 6 weeks depending on the activity level of the dog and the length of coat.
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-14 yrs

  • Origin: France
  • Other names: Petit Chien Lion
  • Common nicknames: Little Lion Dog
  • Height: 11-14 in (28-35.6 cm)
  • Weight: 9.9–18 lb (4.5 – 8.1 kg)
  • Temperament: Intelligent, Friendly, Happy, Active, Playful
  • Training: Lowchens learn very quickly. They thrive in obedience and tricks training. They are eager to please their owners with tricks and clown-like actions.
  • Grooming: The Lowchen’s require routine bathing and grooming in order to keep them in top condition to look and feel their best. This outgoing little dog possesses a single coat that is long and flowing if properly maintained. The coat should be brushed and combed out completely before the bath
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-14 yrs
Norwegian Lunderhund

  • Origin: Norway
  • Other names: Norsk Lundehund, Norwegian Puffin Dog
  • Common nicknames: Lundehund
  • Height: 12–16 in (30–40 cms)
  • Weight: 13–15 lb (6–7 kg)
  • Temperament: Energetic, Loyal, Protective, Alert
  • Training: Norwegian Lundehunds learn quickly, but not necessarily what you want them to learn. Instead their intelligence is more like cleverness, where the dog decides what he wants, then goes about getting it.
  • Grooming: The Norwegian Lundehund requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-14 yrs

  • Origin: France, Germany
  • Other names: Pudelhund, Caniche
  • Height: 15-22” (38-56 cms)
  • Weight: 45-70 lbs (20-31 kg)
  • Temperament:Intelligent, Active, Instinctual, Alert, Faithful, Trainable
  • Training: Poodles are highly intelligent and as a result they are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Professional grooming at least every 3 to 6 weeks is highly recommended for adult dogs. Near-daily brushing and combing is recommended for maintenance, unless your coat clip of choice is “shaved.”
  • Av. lifespan: 12-15 yrs

  • Origin: Belgium
  • Other names: Spitzke, Spits,  Spitske
  • Height: 12.3 - 13.2 in (31.2-33.6 cm)
  • Weight: 6.6–19.8 lb (3–9 kg)
  • Temperament: Fearless, Curious, Confident, Agile, Independent, Faithful
  • Training: The Schipperke is known for being stubborn. Although he's intelligent and wants you to be happy, his idea of how things should be may outweigh any desire to please. Some Schipperkes can be difficult to housetrain, and crate-training is recommended.
  • Grooming: Grooming a schipperke is simple. Weekly brushing will help keep the fur from flying around your house, although some fuzz will always be around. He'll shed heavily, known as blowing coat, once and sometimes twice a year. during that time, a warm bath will help loosen and remove the dead hair.
  • Av. Lifespan: 13-15 yrs
Shiba Inu

  • Origin: Japan
  • Other names: Japanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small Size Dog, Japanese Brushwood Dog, Japanese Turf Dog, Shiba ken
  • Common nicknames: Shiba, Shibe
  • Height: 13-17 in (33-43 cm)
  • Weight: 18-22 lb (8-10 kg)
  • Temperament: Charming, Alert, Confident, Fearless, Keen, Faithful
  • Training: Shiba Inu is considered one of the most difficult breeds to train. These dogs will only respond to activities that make sense to them and are very strong-willed and stubborn.
  • Grooming: The Shiba Inu does require regular bathing and brushing. This bright and dignified dog can be bathed as frequently as weekly up to no longer than every 6 weeks. With this double coated breed, proper bathing and drying techniques lays the groundwork for achieving a beautiful coat.
  • Av. Lifespan: 13-15 yrs
Tibetan Spaniel

  • Origin: Tibet
  • Other names: Simkhyi
  • Common nicknames: Tibbie
  • Height: 10 in (25 cm)
  • Weight: 9-15 lb (4.1-6.8 kg)
  • Temperament: Willful, Assertive, Happy, Intelligent, Independent, Aloof, Playful
  • Training: Tibetan Spaniels are generally easy to housetrain, but crate training is strongly recommended as it will make housetraining easier and keep your Tibetan Spaniel from chewing things while you're not there to supervise.
  • Grooming: Tibetan Spaniel requires care and grooming to look and feel his best. After reoving dead coat, finish your Tibbie by brushing with a soft boar bristle brush to bring a sheen to the coat.
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-15 yrs
Tibetan Terrier

  • Origin: Tibet
  • Other names: Sang Apso, Dokhi Apso
  • Height: 12-16 in (30-40 cm)
  • Weight: 20 to 24 lb (9-10.88 kg)
  • Temperament – Amiable, Energetic, Sensible, Affectionate, Reserved, Gentle
  • Training - The Tibetan Terrier can be easy to train with positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play, and food rewards.
  • Grooming- Tibetan breed can be bathed and groomed as frequently as once a week up to every 4 weeks depending on the activity level of the dog and the length of coat. The Tibetan Terrier has a profuse double coat that is wooly underneath with a long, fine topcoat. The coat does mat and tangle easily.
  • Av. Lifespan: 12-15 yrs

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Other Names: Mexican Hairless Dog, Xoloitzcuintli
  • Common Nicknames: xolo
  • Height : 18-23 In (45.72- 58.4 cm)
  • Weight: 10-50 lb (4.53-22.7 Kg)
  • Temperament: Cheerful, Alert, Protective, Intelligent, Companiable, Calm
  • Training: It is an intelligent breed, and generally takes to training easily, as long as the training is gentle and consistent. The Xolo will not respond well to harsh training methods.
  • Grooming: Grooming the xolo is pretty easy, but there are some special considerations for this hairless breed. if he has a coat, brush weekly with a very soft brush. wipe the skin daily with a cloth dampened with warm water to remove dirt.
  • Av. Lifespan: 14-20 yrs



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