Non-Sporting Breeds

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When dog shows first began forming groups, there was only Sporting and Non-Sporting. As the number of breeds expanded, so did the number of Groups. Somehow, the Non-Sporting breeds eluded other classifications on this page, and is still the case today. So, this group is a collection of unrelated breeds who administrators feel do not fit into any of the other groups. Each breed in this varied group has its own individual aesthetic charm.

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Non-Sporting Breed Index

The classification of the dogs in this Group varies from country to country. For simplicity of navigation and accessibility, the table below lists the breeds alphabetically that appear in the Australian classification, divided into sections based broadly on their historical purpose. »» Read more...

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Bull Breeds (Non-Sporting)

The Non-Sporting bull breeds include the Bulldog, the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier, the latter the two breeds derived from the now extinct Bulldog (miniature). In Australia the ANKC classifies these three breeds in the Non-Sporting Group, as does the AKC (American Kennel Club). However, the Kennel Club (UK) classifies these three in the Utility Group. To confuse the ... »» Read more...

Poodle Modern Art


Poodles, with their different sizes and colours are among our most distinctive and popular breeds. They are typified by their clip which dates back centuries to when they were used as Water Spaniels. Simultaneously, a smaller companion dog with a similar clip was depicted in European paintings and caricatures. Today the coat is the breeds' hallmark with fashionable or tidy ... »» Read more...

Dalmatian Vino cover


Instead of being bred to perform some specific function, the Dalmatian has been selectively bred because of his distinctive spotted coat. Originally used as part of the ornate equipment that goes with the horse and carriage, he has also been the subject of many fables. The modern classic novel, 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians', originally written in 1956 and its ... »» Read more...

Great Dane Gayle Two Heads

Great Dane

The Great Dane originated in Denmark, was named by a Frenchman, was used by the Germans for boar hunting, but was developed into the pure breed we know today by the British aristocracy. Such are the many facets of the Great Dane! With neither the lightness of a Greyhound nor the heaviness of a Mastiff, this majestic dog has a ... »» Read more...

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Asian Breeds

Asian breeds are amongst our earliest Companion Dogs. This section includes two pages on Asian companion dogs. The first page covers the historically Tibetan breeds of the Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Terrier and their connection. Note the other Asian breed, the Tibetan Spaniel, has been dealt with in our Toy Group where it is classified in Australia. The ... »» Read more...

Jap Spitz 4BC Wine Jug

Spitz Breeds (Non-Sporting)

This section includes those Spitz breeds that are classified in the Non-sporting Group in Australia. In this Group these are medium sized breeds whose functions are watch dogs and companions. They share the same history as other Spitz breeds which date back 4 centuries Before Christ as this ancient wine jug illustrates. 'Spitz' is a German word describing a thick ... »» Read more...

Xolos Mini Std sitting

Xoloitzcuintle and Peruvian Hairless Dogs

The isolated settlements of Central America are among the most ancient in the world, akin to the Chinese and those of Mesopotamia and Northern Africa. In a similar way to how the 'Lion-dog' was worshiped through Buddhism in China, the superstitions of the ancient civilizations of South America harboured the existence of hairless dogs. »» Read more...