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8 Most Popular Non-Sporting Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on September 12, 2016

The Non-Sporting Group can seem a little bit random, but the breeds it includes are all unique and interesting. This group is full of dogs in every shape, size and color and from all sorts of different countries and backgrounds. They are certainly some breeds you should know about and maybe even consider for your next canine companion.

#1 – Bulldog

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The Bulldog is one of the most popular dog breeds around and it’s adorable wrinkles and goofy personality make this no surprise. Bulldogs were originally bred for baiting and fighting, but when these barbaric acts were banned they became loyal companions. They are courageous and fun-loving dogs, albeit somewhat lazy, that make a great choice for families with adults and children of all ages.

#2 – Standard & Miniature Poodle

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Both the Standard and Miniature Poodles are a popular choice for pet owners. They are very active and intelligent dogs that enjoy spending time with their families. They are easy to train and enjoy participating in sports such as agility and obedience. The Standard Poodle was originally a hunting dog, but they are better known now for their time in the conformation ring and as human companions.

#3 – French Bulldog

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French Bulldogs are lovable companions and very popular breeds. Being a true companion dog, they enjoy being by their owner’s side at all times. They have minimal exercise needs but very outgoing, goofy personalities. Frenchies are known for being the class clowns of the dog world.

#4 – Boston Terrier

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Known as America’s Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is a very popular companion breed. They are happy-go-lucky dogs with outgoing and silly personalities that are loved by many. They are the life of the party more often than not, as they are social with their families and strangers alike. They were originally bred for fighting and rat hunting, but have lost their aggressive nature and are great companions.

#5 – Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a lap dog that is known for its outgoing personality. They enjoy being by their owner’s side at all times and are sensitive, affectionate and fun-loving. Despite their size, they are relatively active and enjoy going out with their families and do well around children because of their playful nature.

#6 – Shiba Inu

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The Shiba Inu is one of the ancient Japanese breeds from the Spitz family. They are independent dogs, often said to be more cat-like than dog-like, but they do form strong bonds with their owners. They are not a breed that likes to get out and socialize often, even with other dogs or animals. They do best in homes without other pets and children. That said, they are very affectionate with their families.

#7 – Chinese Shar-Pei

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The Chinese Shar-Pei is known for its distinctive wrinkles. They were originally bred as guard dogs and watchdogs and are reserved around strangers. However, they bond very closely with their families. In fact, the breed does not do well when left alone for long periods of time and prefers to spend time with its owners.

#8 – Dalmatian

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The Dalmatian is an iconic breed due to its spotted appearance. They are very active and intelligent dogs that do best in families that enjoy exercise and play. Although they need a job to do, they are sensitive and affectionate with their families and make great companions for children.

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