Types Of Non Sporting Dog Breeds
The non-sporting group of dogs represents a wide variety of breeds and characteristics. The group is also sometimes referred to as the “utility” group of dogs and is not so easy to categorize as other groups; in fact, in different countries, different dogs may be included in this group.
Unlike toys or sporting dogs, it is impossible to sum up the overall tendencies of this particular group of dogs, which includes: Chow Chows, Dalmatians, American Eskimos, Standard Poodles, English Bulldogs, Keeshonds, French Bulldogs, Shiba Imus, Lhasa Apsos, Bichon Frises, Chinese Shar-Peis, Boston Terriers, and German Spitz.
Here are some breed characteristics of this popular group of dogs:
Boston Terriers are small dogs with erect ears and friendly temperaments. They weigh around 15 to 20 pounds.
Grooming: They have short coats and do not require much in the way of grooming.
Exercise: Minimal exercise requirements.
Small children: Boston Terriers are a good mix with small children, because they are not as tiny and fragile as a toy dog, but they are not large and boisterous either.
Aggressiveness: Boston Terriers are friendly and affectionate. They are not by nature aggressive.
English Bulldogs are sturdy dogs with distinctive faces that have a pushed-in or flattened appearance. This can sometimes cause breathing and eye problems. They weigh around 50-60 pounds.
Grooming: English Bulldogs have short coats. Grooming is minimal.
Exercise: They do not require a great deal of exercise.
Small children: Bulldogs are good with children. Care must be taken that the Bulldog has not been abused in the past; although most Bulldogs love children, if the dog has been abused, his temperament will be unpredictable and Bulldogs have powerful crushing jaws that could inflict a lot of harm.
Aggressiveness: Bulldogs make good guard dogs, and can be aggressive towards strangers, depending on their breeding and training.
Chow Chows were trendy, popular dogs for a while but the breed has a tendency to be vicious and snappish to strangers, and is a very bad mix with small children. They are beautiful, thick coated dogs which weigh around 55-70 pounds and have black lips and tongues. It is very important to keep their temperament in mind when considering the purchase of a Chow Chow.
Grooming: They have thick dense coats which should be brushed frequently. They do not generally require trips to the groomers if brushed regularly.
Exercise: They do not require the same amount of exercise as a working dog.
Small children: Not recommended, because of their size and snappish temperament. They could seriously harm a small child.
Aggressiveness: Can be very aggressive. Good guard dogs.
Dalmatians are also somewhat trendy dogs because of their beauty and because of Disney movies featuring adorable Dalmatian puppies. However, they were originally bred to run beside coaches all day long and require a great deal of exercise or they will howl, bark, and chew everything in sight. They weigh around 60 pounds.
Exercise: Above average. Dalmatians love to run and crave exercise and human interaction. They are ideal companions for someone willing to put a lot of time and energy into giving them exercise.
Small children: Dalmatians love small children, but could potentially knock them over with their great enthusiasm and energy.
Aggressiveness: Dalmatians are very friendly. They would not make good guard dogs.
With their often exotically clipped coats, Poodles have a very distinctive appearance. They are highly intelligent and trainable; the reason they are popular in circuses is because it is easy to teach them tricks. They were originally bred in Germany and retrieved game from the water, for hunters. Standard Poodles weigh around 55-70 pounds, unlike their tiny Toy Poodle relatives who weigh around 5-10 pounds.
Grooming: High Maintenance. Even if one does not choose to shape the Poodle’s wiry fur into exotic patterns, it still must be clipped and trimmed frequently, usually by a groomer.
Exercise: Average – not as much as a sporting dog or working dog, but not stay-at-home dogs either.
Small children: Standard Poodles love children and are very protective of them.
Aggressiveness: While Standard Poodles are not the ideal watch dog, they can be aggressive towards strangers. They are loyal and protective of their families.
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