Dog Breed Groups (Part 7)


All pure breeds of dog can be categorised by 1 of 7 groups. These categorisations are used by bodies that organise dog shows in order to ensure parity in high level competitions and it is possible for one breed to be in several groups. The names of the groups are loosely based on the specific function the dog has, for example there are Gundog, Utility dogs and Terriers to name but a few.

Group 7 Non-Sporting Group

Similar to the Utility Group, the Non-Sporting Group houses many diverse breeds of dog of various sizes and personalities. From Terriers to Hounds, all can be found in the Non-Sporting Group. Some of the jobs the breeds in this group were developed to carry out include, hunting game, waterfowl and truffles, bull baiting, circus performing and guarding. In this modern day, some of these breeds no longer carry out the duties they were specifically bred for, however in dog shows all over the world they will be judged on a standard based on their past ancestry.

Characteristics & Care

It is impossible to generalise in the Non Sporting Group due to the variety of breeds that are. The only similarity in all the breeds is that they come under the medium to large size, and because of their temperament, most if not all of the breeds can make excellent family pets when trained and treated correctly. The most popular of the Non-Sporting Group is probably the Poodle, known for its distinctive tight curly coat and aloof manner, what is less commonly known is that the Poodle was bred as a truffle hunter, later to be found in circuses and more latterly in vaudeville theatres performing tricks, easily learned due to the Poodle’s high intelligence and trainability. On the opposing side, but equally well known is the Bulldog, national symbol of England and bred for bull baiting, a cruel sport, popular in the 13th century whereby the Bulldog was made to attack and anger a bull, usually by biting the nose and not letting go. It was also believed that the meat of the bull was tastier if it had been baited prior to death. Before the barbaric sport bull baiting was outlawed in 1835, Bulldogs were also used to bait bears solely for entertainment purposes. It is therefore clear from these diverse breeds that dogs in the Non-Sporting Group have very little in common with each other


There are fewer than 20 breeds in the Non-Sporting Group category, all with a variety of needs when it comes to care and maintenance. Good quality products, however are needed when it comes to walking, grooming and mentally stimulating any breed of dog. Dog toys, leads and collars from established manufacturers like Ezydog and Wahl will keep any breed of dog happy and healthy.


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This article was written by Jason Balchand who is a pet lover and writes for the pet blog at Online Pet Accessories. If you would like to read more or have some topic suggestions for us head over to our Blog or Facebook page.

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