Companions or the non-sporting group of dogs is the catchall group for dog breeds that did not seem to fit in elsewhere, from the cuddly Bichon Frise, a little too big to be considered a toy, to the striking Dalmatian and the stunning but difficult Chow Chow. Their individual skills, purposes, and temperaments are almost as varied as their origins.
Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. As they don’t shed like other breeds, Bichons are often recommended for people with allergies.
Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This American Gentleman was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed.
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. The national symbol of England, known for its strength and determination, it has been out of work since bull-baiting went out of fashion in the late 19th century. It now serves only as a loving, albeit somewhat sedentary, companion.
The Chinese Shar Pei, is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. The breed originates from China.
The Chow Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is known as the fluffy Lion-dog in Chinese. This dog breed has also been called the Tang Quan, Dog of the Tang Empire.
The Dalmatian is a breed of large dog, noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.
The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. Frenchies were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris.
The German Pinscher is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Pinscher type that originated in Germany. The breed is included in the origins of the Doberman, the Rottweiler, the Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher and the Standard Schnauzer.
The Japanese Spitz is a small-medium breed of dog of the Spitz type. The Japanese Spitz is a companion dog and pet.
The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog with a plush two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff and a curled tail.
The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who entered.
The Lowchen or Little Lion Dog is a small non-shedding hypoallergenic breed which is often recommended for allergic dog lovers.
Poodle is a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle, with many coat colors. Originally bred in Germany as a type of water dog, the breed was standardized in France.
Schipperke is a small Belgian breed of dog that originated in the early 16th century. There has been a long informal debate over whether this type of dog is a spitz or miniature sheepdog.
Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting.
A Shih Tzu, also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is a companion dog breed with long silky hair. Shih Tzu is a non-shedding breed.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a breed of assertive, small, intelligent dogs originating over 2,500 years ago in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. They share ancestry with the Pekingese, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier and Pug.
Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in Tibet. Despite its name, it is not a member of the terrier group. The breed was given its English name by European travelers due to its resemblance to known terrier breeds.
The Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short, is a hairless breed of dog, found in toy, miniature, and standard sizes. The Xolo also comes in a coated variety and all three sizes can be born to a single litter.
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American Eskimo Dog ; Bichon Frise ; Boston Terrier ; Bulldog ; Chinese Shar-Pei ; Chow Chow ; Dalmatian ; French Bulldog ; German Pinscher ; Japanese Spitz ; Keeshond ; Lhasa Apso ; Lowchen ; Miniature & Standard Poodle ; Schipperke ; Shiba Inu ; Shih Tzu ; Tibetan Spaniel ; Tibetan Terrier ; Xoloitzcuintli (Miniature & Standard)