Non-Sporting Group

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The Non-Sporting dogs include a lodge of mixed weekend carousers, most of which do not hunt, or chose not to. In England, the group more sensibly or simply ineffectually is called the Utility Group, attempting to define the dogs by what they are instead of what they are not. Certain breeds fit this category because they are over-grown (or under-shrunk) toys dogs. Such Non-Sporting include the Tibetan Spaniel, French Bulldog, Bichon Frise, and Boston Terrier. Other Non-Sporting are dogs whose ancestors were capable hunters but whose members today do not subscribe to the sport. Examples of such dogs include the Miniature and Standard Poodle, Finnish Spitz, and Dalmatian.

Since the breeds in this group are so varied, it is not possible to generalize about their temperaments, as on can do about toys or terriers. Many of the breeds are celebrated for their fine temperaments and good looks: the Poodle, Chow Chow, and Lhasa Apso, for starters. We must be resigned to include these dogs in the kennel club grouping although it is not a useful one for selection purposes. Perhaps a potential owner could visit a dog show to see these multi-faceted and very talented dogs competing in the ring to get an idea of the various personalities and appearances.

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