Top 10 Non-Sporting Dog Breeds

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There are definitely some breeds of dogs who excel at sports and agility training, but that's not all we may want in a pup companion. For some of us, a non-sporting dog better fits our needs and lifestyle. These can include hunting or working canine kids, as well as show or lap dogs. Whether you are looking for a big fur buddy to hunt with or a lap dog to cuddle with, you can find the furfect breed in the non-sporting dog breeds. From the American Eskimo to the Xoloitzcuintli, there is a variety of choices in this group. Hereā€™s the top 10 non-sporting dog breeds that we found.

#1 Poodle

Poodles are smart, loving, loyal, and come in three diffurent sizes so they can fit into any family. These ancient breed dawgs are curly, cute, and can learn any trick you want to teach because they are so clever and easy to train. They also come in many colors, and love other pets and human kids.

#2 French Bulldog

The Frenchie is a small and adorable bundle of energy that loves to do whatever you are doing. These little cuties were bred to be companion dogs and are still furfect for that, but they are also great at flyball, agility, dock diving, and barn hunts. These little poochies love attention and need a lot of activity to stay busy.

#3 Bulldog

The Bulldog may look a little furocious, but they are anything but. In fact, these stocky little pupsters are lovable and cuddly like a lap dog, while still being able to scare away a predator if needed. However, they are gentle and love to play as much as they love to lay around and drool.
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#4 Boston Terrier

This tiny Terrier is a Native American dawg that is nicknamed the ā€œAmerican Gentlemanā€ because they are so gentle and cute. Although they are muscular, they are very compact and love to sit in your lap or be carried around. You can even put your little gentleman in a backpack or purse and take him with you.

#5 Boxer

Developed in the 1800s, this German breed was bred to fight bulls. That seems like a pretty ruff job for a 50 to 65-pound pooch, and luckily it was outlawed many years ago. Now the Boxer is typically kept as a furever furiend or watchdog, and these lovable buddies love attention and playing with other pups.

#6 American Eskimo

With striking good looks and a smart mind, the American Eskimo is the epitome of beauty and brains. Their fondness for people and high trainability make Eskies furrific family dogs. This friendly breed comes in three sizes (standard, miniature, and toy), so they can be found in a wide range of living spaces.

#7 Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is smaller than most pooches in the Spitz family, but they have a big heart and a huge amount of loyalty and courage. In fact, these pupsters are usually trained to be watchdogs, and they are furfectly pawesome at it. Whether you're looking for a lap dog or a guard dog, this pup is prepared for either.

#8 Dalmatian

Everybody knows a Dalmatian when they see oneā€”there's no mistaking that spotted coat! Muscular yet graceful, the eye-catching Dalmatian was originally bred to protect horses and coaches, making them dependable watchdogs. Loving and loyal to their humans, this breed is an energetic athlete who would make a woofderful running or hiking partner.

#9 Bichon Frise

If you like white dogs with a babydoll face, this little cotton ball pup may be the right choice for you. They are small and fluffy with a bouncy fursonality, and used to be the choice of dogs for royalty in the 14th century. They still make furfect family dogs and love to cuddle.

#10 Xoloitzcuintli

Don't let the Xoloitzcuintli's appearance put you off, for underneath that unusual exterior is a loving canine companion. Also known as the Mexican Hairless, this 3,000-year-old breed comes in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard) and two varieties (hairless and coated). Regardless of size and hair (or lack thereof), the Xolo is an excellent watchdog who enjoys snuggling with their favorite person.