Non-Sporting Group Dog Breeds

American Eskimo Dog

SMALL DOG BREED

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog descended from European Spitz breeds. Bred for both beauty and agility, he originally made a fine circus performer. The name is misleading because the Eskie was not bred by northern Native Americans, but rather by German immigrants.

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Bichon Frise

SMALL DOG BREED

Bichon Frise

Known originally as the Bichon Teneriffe, this animated powder puff was brought to the European continent from the Canary Islands during the 14th century. There it became the favored pet of the aristocracy until fashions in lapdogs changed.

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Boston Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Boston Terrier

Charming and highly intelligent, the Boston Terrier makes a wonderful family companion. It is ideal with other pets and children and is an excellent watchdog. The Boston's alertness makes it fun and easy to train. The Boston Terrier is truly an American breed.

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Bulldog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Bulldog

The Bulldog today is a softer personality than his intense ancestors, who guarded and controlled bulls, and fought in sporting arenas. Nowadays, Bulldogs would rather cozy up on a couch than bait bulls. The modern Bulldog is gentle, intelligent, affectionate, strong and determined.

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Chinese Shar-Pei

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Chinese Shar-Pei

Once the world's rarest breed, the Chinese Shar-Pei has made a startling recovery in just about a dozen years. The prune-faced pups were on the brink of extinction in the early 1970s when a Hong Kong fancier appealed to Americans for help in saving the breed.

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Chow Chow

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Chow Chow

An ancient breed of Chinese origin, the Chow Chow is a member of the spitz family. As a working breed in its country of origin, the Chow was used to guard, hunt and work as a cart dog.

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Dalmatian

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is famous for its spots, which gave rise to some of its nicknames, among them Plum Pudding Dog, Spotted Dick and Firehouse Dog. The latter nickname arose because its heritage as a carriage dog made it a natural choice as a firehouse mascot in the days of horse-drawn fire wagons.

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Finnish Spitz

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Finnish Spitz

When most people see a Finnish Spitz for the first time, they comment that it looks just like a fox.

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French Bulldog

SMALL DOG BREED

French Bulldog

Speculation is plentiful, but in all likelihood the French Bulldog originated from small Bulldogs brought to France by English lace workers. The Frenchie quickly became popular with both the upper and lower classes, and allegedly Parisian call girls, as well.

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Keeshond

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Keeshond

Distinctive facial markings called spectacles set apart this breed of Dutch origin and give it a look of great intelligence, a look that is borne out by the breed's alert, lively and trainable nature.

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Lhasa Apso

SMALL DOG BREED

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso, originating in the lonely and isolated reaches of the Himalayan mountains, reflects its Tibetan heritage in many characteristic ways. These sturdy little mountain dogs, relatively unchanged over the years, are fastidious by nature and are natural watchdogs.

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Lowchen

SMALL DOG BREED

Lowchen

The Lowchen was once the cherished companion of nobility, as far back as the 15th century. The dogs are readily identified in European artworks, stylized and clipped to resemble a miniature lion.

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Norwegian Lundehund

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Norwegian Lundehund

Also known as the Norwegian Puffin Dog, the Lundehund is among the world's rarest of dogs. Distinctive physical characteristics enabled Lundehunds to excel at hunting. They have six toes on each foot, including two dewclaws. These extra toes enable the dogs to climb steep rock formations.

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Poodle, Miniature

SMALL DOG BREED

Poodle, Miniature

Created in response to popular demand, the mid-size Poodle, or Miniature, is probably the best known and most popular of the three sizes. The Miniature Poodle belongs to a family of dogs renowned for their prowess as water retrievers.

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Poodle, Standard

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Poodle, Standard

Beneath the Poodle's air of distinction and dignity, beneath that lovely "poodly" coat, beats the heart of a plain old simple wonderful dog whose good-natured versatility makes it at home in any arena, from the show ring to the field to its favorite spot, the home.

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Schipperke

SMALL DOG BREED

Schipperke

The little boatman, as this breed is nicknamed, is bright, active and curious, all qualities that made it an ideal barge dog, ratter and carriage dog.

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Shiba Inu

SMALL DOG BREED

Shiba Inu

This lively and energetic dog, the smallest of Japan's native breeds, was once used for hunting small game in its homeland. A diminutive spitz breed, the Shiba is a dog of quicksilver agility and legendary cunning.

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Tibetan Spaniel

SMALL DOG BREED

Tibetan Spaniel

Smart, sweet and trusting of other dogs and people, the Tibetan Spaniel has a long history as a companion. It was bred in the monasteries of Tibet and used as a watchdog and bed warmer. Its nickname of "little lion" symbolized Buddha's triumph over violence and aggression.

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Tibetan Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Tibetan Terrier

If you enjoy snowshoeing and other winter sports, consider a Tibetan Terrier. The breed has an unusual foot structure, which permits the dog to travel easily on snow.

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Xoloitzcuintli

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Xoloitzcuintli

Prized as a symbol of goodness and unselfish love, the Xoloizcuintli (show-low-eats-kweent-lee) is one of the world's oldest and rarest breeds. It probably originated in Asia and came to Latin America when native people migrated there. Xolos were present when the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlan.

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