What IS a Non-Sporting Dog?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by wordgirl, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I was just looking at the Non-Sporting group at AKC.org and was wondering what makes a dog a 'non-sporting' dog. ??? They had to have been bred for something. How come they can't fit in the other groups?

    Anybody know? [​IMG]
  2. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I just looked at the breeds again. It's true, most of them don't seem to have a whole lot in common with the dogs in the other groups, but what does the term 'non-sporting' mean?
  3. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    i belive not a racing or hunting dog [​IMG]
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    It is a category for the breeds of dogs that don't fit into the other groups. So they often have very little in common with each other. They are mostly companion dogs, but many have multiple traits bred into them.
  5. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Quote:That would make sense...but the standard poodle is a hunting dog, isn't it?
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    When the AKC was first established there were only 2 groups - sporting and non-sporting. As more breeds were added they added new groups (herding, working, terrier, etc) and the non-sporting group was kept as a spot for the breeds that weren't bred for a specific purpose. Take keeshonden for example. In the past they made great multi purpose farm dogs. They're excellent watch dogs, able to do some carting, good at rodent control and like to think for themselves. These days they're best at being companions since most of the functions they once were used for no longer exist. I will say mine is a great watch dog and he helped save many a chicken in his time.



    BTW, poodles should be in the sporting category.
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Ohhhhhhhhh I love Kees! We used to have a pair of them! Love those fuzzy wuzzy faces!

    One of the Kees we had was CH Dutchmans Tigger Too Too.......I do not know how popular he was but I would love to have more information on him. We only had him about two years and then we had to move to Louisiana and Mom sold Tigger to a breeder near Bloomington...Merry Dawn Kennels....we found out later, she may have been a puppy mill breeder. Mom was upset about that! I love Tigger and he was a character!
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    Quote:I will always be owned by Kees. My old guy is 13 now, sadly slowing down but doing fine for his age. He's much happier now that winter is here.

    That name sounds familiar. I'll have to see where the Kees pedigree database has been moved to and look it up.
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    In GReat Britain, non-sporting dogs are called "Utility Dogs" which I think is just dry British humor for "Miscellaneous"
  10. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    Originally AKC started out with Sporting and Non-Sporting. Your dog was one or the other. Then they started adding the other groups. What was left over, stayed in the non sporting. Some dogs got stuck in there because AKC says they no longer do what they were originally bred for, while many say, that can be said of quite a few breeds. UKC's groups are split a little differently than AKC and I think, a little more accurately.

    AKC Groups are: UKC Groups are:

    Non-Sporting Companion
    Herding Herding
    Terrier Terrier
    Hound Scenthound
    Toy Sighthound & Pariah
    Working Guardian Dog
    Sporting Gun Dog
    Miscellaneous Northern Breeds

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