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AKC – Non-Sporting Group

The Non-sporting Group is the next AKC group in this blog series. This is a very diverse group of 21 dog breeds from the small, hairless Xoloitzcuintli to the large, fluffy Chow Chow. If you are interested in any dog in the Non-sporting Group be prepared to take either a lot of time and/or money in coat/ skin care. The hairless Xoloitzcuintli requires special care because they can easily get sunburnt outside and are more prone to acne. Dogs like the Bulldog and Shar-pei require extra care with all their skin folds. Many of the others in this group like the Poodle, Keeshond and Lhasa Apsos require weekly grooming. Not only do the dog breeds in this group vary in size, there are a few like the American Eskimo Dog and Xoloitzcuintli that actually have three separate group standards: toy, miniature and standard. It may seem like it to some people that due to the variety of backgrounds these dogs have that dogs on this list haven’t quiet fit into any other AKC group. For instance, the Bichon Frise was solely developed to be a pampered companion to French nobles but the Chow Chow (who is one of the oldest dog breeds) was not only used as a companion but as a guard dog/ hauler / hunter and even for meat! Even the Finnish Spitz stands out in this group due to their particular way of how they were developed to do their job. They are actually bird dogs as well but they flush and tree birds, then have a slow-wag tail that hypnotizes the bird and then the Finnish Spitz has a rapid-fire bark to keep the birds still and alert the hunter. I read they can actually bark 160 times a minute. That is an astounding amount of bark and one that I couldn’t personally handle.  Below is the list of Non-sporting breeds.

 

Breed Weight (pounds) Height (inches) Life Expectancy (years) Bred for
American Eskimo Dog
Toy: 6 – 10 9 – 12
13 – 15
All purpose farm dog then show business acts
miniature: 10 – 20 12 – 15
Standard: 25 – 35 15 – 19
Bichon Frise
Male: 12 – 18 9.5 – 11.5
14 – 15
Companion
Female: 12 – 18 9.5 – 11.5
Boston Terrier
Male: 12 – 25 15 – 17
111 – 13
Companion
Female: 12 – 25 15 – 17
Bulldog
Male: 50 14 – 15
8 – 10
Bull baiting to companion
Female: 40 14 – 15
Chinese Shar-Pei
Male: 45 – 60 18 – 20
8 – 12
All purpose farm dog
Female: 45 – 60 18 – 20
Chow Chow
Male: 45 – 70 17 – 20
8 – 12
All purpose dog
Female: 45 – 70 17 – 20
Coton de Tulear
Male: 9 – 15 10 – 11
15 – 19
Companion
Female: 8 – 13 9 – 10
Dalmatian
Male: 45 – 70 19 – 24
11 – 13
Coach Dog
Female: 45 – 70 19 – 24
Finnish Spitz
Male: 25 – 33 17.5 – 20
13 – 15
Hunting
Female: 20 – 28 15.5 – 18
French Bulldog
Male: Under 28 11 – 13
10 – 12
Companion
Female: Under 28 11 – 13
Keeshond
Male: 35 – 45 18
12 – 15
Barge Dog
Female: 35 – 45 17
Lhasa Apso
Male: 12 – 18 10 – 11
12 – 15
Sentinel dog at palaces and monasteries
Female: 12 – 18 Slightly less
Lowchen
Male: 11 – 18 13 – 14
12 – 14
Companion
Female: 8 – 13 12 – 13
Norwegian Lundehund
Male: 20 – 30 13 – 15
12 – 15
Puffin Hunting
Female: 20 – 30 12 – 14
Poodle (miniature)
Male: 10 – 15 10 – 15
10 – 18
Companion
Female: 10 – 15 10 – 15
Poodle (standard)
Male: 60 – 70 Over 15
10 – 18
Duck Dog
Female: 40 – 50 Over 15
Schipperkes
Male: 10 – 16 11 – 13
12 – 14
Barge Dog
Female: 10 – 16 10 – 12
Shiba Inu
Male: 23 14.5 – 16.5
13 – 16
Hunter
Female: 17 13.5 – 15.5
Tibetan Spaniel
Male: 9 – 15 10
12 – 15
Sentinel dog at monasteries
Female: 9 – 15 10
Tibetan Terrier
Male: 18 – 30 14 – 17
15 – 16
Sentinel dog at monasteries
Female: Slightly less 14 – 17
Xoloitzcuintli
Toy: 10 – 15 10 – 14
13 – 18
Companion
miniature: 15 – 30 14 – 18
Standard: 30 – 55 18 – 23

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