The Non-Sporting Group is comprised of breeds that for the most part are devoid of having a specific function and are predominantly companion dogs. Non-Sporting is a term used by the AKC, but not by International Kennel Clubs. The assortment of dogs in this group, differs immensely from each other, in appearance, size, and temperament. Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Miniature and Standard Poodles, and Shiba Inus are some of the popular Non-Sporting breeds that enrich the lives of many families.


Boston Terrier

Height: 15-17 inches                                                                                                                                                             Weight: 12-25 pounds

Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

The Boston Terrier identified by his tight tuxedo jacket has earned the nickname “The American Gentleman” because of his friendly yet well-mannered personality. Best known for a black and white tuxedo coat, the Boston Terrier can also sport a coat of white with brindle or black with a reddish cast.

A perky, portable, people dog, the Boston Terrier is a great city life dog that loves a long walk and socializing along the way.

The Boston Terrier is always eager to please and has an outgoing personality. They do very well with lots of socialization and training early on.


Bull Dog

Height: 14-15 inches                                                                                                                                                             Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

City or suburbs, the Bulldog is a happy, well-adjusted breed that requires routine exercise and proper diet to keep in shape.  As with all brachycephalic breeds, the Bulldog does better in air-conditioning than hot and humid weather.
Training is highly recommended and should include specific behavior issues to avoid guarding resources, especially food, as well as destructive chewing.
Chow Chow

Height: 17-20 inches                                                                                                                                                             Weight: 45-70 pounds

Life Expectancy: 8-12 years

Chows are famously identifiable by their lion’s mane and a blue-black tongue. They can have rough or smooth coats of red, black, blue, cinnamon, or cream.

Pet parents of Chows claim that their dogs are clean and almost odor-free.

Chows are forever and completely loyal to family members but standoffish with strangers. This stubborn breed is not usually a willing participant in training. Harsh and forceful training methods should not be used as this is not a trusting dog. Early socialization and a professional compassionate experienced trainer are recommended.


French Bulldog

Height: 11-13 inches                                                                                                                                                             Weight: under 28 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

The French Bulldog has a sociable affectionate personality that enjoys the company of other animals and humans.
Though Frenchies are eager to please, they are also stubborn and require patience and consistent training to be their best.
Miniature  Poodle

Height: 10-15 inches                                                                                                                                                             Weight: 10-15 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Standard Poodle

Height: Over 15 inches (standard)                                                                                                                                   Weight: 60-70 pounds (male), 40-50 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Poodles come in three sizes: Standards,  Miniatures, and Toys. All three varieties have the same build and proportions. The versatile Poodle is an extremely intelligent, easily trained, and is as athletic on the field as in the water. Considered to have non-allergenic hair, the Poodle sports a coat in a wide variety of colors and patterns, which requires frequent grooming.

Both the Standard and the Miniature Poodle are classified as Non-Sporting breeds by the AKC. The Toy Poodle is of course classified in the Toy Breed Group.

Large or small, the Poodle is a brave, watchdog, and extremely loyal and loving companion. Socialization and professional training will make this incredibly smart dog grow into an amazingly well-trained dog.


Shiba Inu

Height: 14.5-16.5 inches (male), 13.5-15.5 inches (female)                                                                                     Weight: 23 pounds (male), 17 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 13-16 years

Shiba Inus have a sturdy muscular build with a heavy dense coat. Their well known red coat with white markings gives them a fox-like look. They also have coats of black with white markings or tan with white markings.
Though known to be exceptionally easy to house train, this feisty and fearless breed is not easily trained in obedience and behavior and is not a breed I would recommend for families with children unless early professional training and socialization are in place.