Non Sporting Dog Breeds Are Unique, Quirky And Totally Fab!
The Non Sporting dog breeds group is a mixed bag of poochy perfection that for one reason or another failed to make it into any of the other breed categories.
Dog breeds within this group ( sometimes known as the Utility Group) make for some unusual kennel mates; Seeing the likes of Boston Terriers sharing the same group as the Dalmatian and the Chinese Sharp- Pei certainly makes the mind boggle.
There is regular controversy and confusion among the poocheratti elites about whether certain breeds should even reside within the Non Sporting group at all. Ocasionally some do get re-homed in other groups. The most recent example of this was the Leonberger which was reclassified into the Working Group in 1999.
Further confusion occurs when other dog breed organisationschoose to classify the same breed into entirely different groups. The Shih Tzu is for example classified as a Toy breed by some organisations such as the AKC and a utility breed by others including the Westminster Kennel Club.
Unlike the other main groups, non sporting dog breeds do not fit into any obvious role. The reason for this is either that these breeds where bred to perform a variety of tasks, ( hence the Utility label applied to them ) or the original purpose they were bred for no longer exists and they have become redundant.
- The Dalmatian was originally bred to run alongside horse drawn coaches and fire engines to protect the horses from attacks by other dogs
- Bulldogs, as their name suggests were bred to bait and fight Bulls
- Poodles were water dogs bred to retrieve water fowl from lakes and rivers.
No prospective dog owner should miss checking out this eclectic and curious set of dog breeds. You never know what fabulous furry gem you may discover.