The Non-Sporting Dog Breeds are hard to categorize or describe.
Unlike the other groupings, these dogs don't seem to fit the normal criteria.
If you have a dog that doesn't seem to fit into any other category, The American Kennel Club will place it into a group all its own.
What do these dogs have in common?
Well, not much, actually. They aren't terriers or working dogs. They don't fall into the group of Sporting or Gun Dogs.
You aren't going to see them herding sheep or goats.
Some may seem to fall into the Toy group but maybe they didn't fit the size requirements.
They may have had a job to do at some point in history, but in the 21st century, they are just companions.
People love them because they make great pets and rarely expect them to guard or protect or sniff out drugs or any of the many jobs that dogs still do so well.
The non-sporting dog breeds come in all sizes from the small Coton de Tulear to the big muscular Bulldog.
There is no way to categorize them by hair type either.
You can find curly coated Poodles, Straight smooth coated Lhasas, sleek short haired Dalmatians and ones with no hair at all (Mexican Hairless or Xoloitcuintli).
Look through the list because there is usually at least one dog that everyone loves from this group.
AKC currently recognizes 20 breeds with others likely to be added in the coming years.
But it seems that other world kennel clubs have as much trouble grouping these dogs as the AKC.
In some parts of the world, these breeds may be called companions.
Others classify them as the Utility Breeds. Northern Breeds are another grouping used to describe some of these dogs.
The dogs pictured on this page are registered with the American Kennel Club.
Other AKC Dog Groupings