Non-Sporting Dogs | List of Non-Sporting Dog Breeds

Non-Sporting Dog Breeds

Non-Sporting Dogs

Non-Sporting dogs (aka 'companion dogs') is a kennel club designation for dogs that fit into no other grouping. The dog breeds in the Non-Sporting group vary greatly in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance. Popular non-sporting dog breeds include the English Bulldog and the Boston Terrier.

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Non-Sporting Dogs | Boston Terrier


The Boston Terrier, also known as the American Gentleman, the Boston Bull, the Boston Bull Terrier, and the Boxwood, is an instantly recognizable breed from the Non-Sporting Group. This breed is one of the more popular breeds of dogs in the United States, and they are even the State Dog of Massachusetts. The Boston Terrier was AKC approved in 1990.

The average Boston Terrier stands 15 to 17 high at the withers, and their average weight is between 10 – 25 pounds. The short coat of the breed is easy to care for, and while they need regular exercise they are not considered to be high energy dogs.


The personality of the Boston Terrier is one of its greatest assets. This dog is very friendly and sociable, does well around children, and they thrive on interaction and play with their human companions and especially other Bostons.

Boston Terriers can pick up on training and commands relatively quickly with positive reinforcement techniques, but some Boston Terriers can be a little stubborn. Early socialization will ensure that the Boston Terrier does well around small children and other pets in the home.


The Boston has an average life span of 15 years or more, and the breed has increased risks for a number of health conditions which owners should be aware of.


The history of the Boston Terrier began in the late 1800’s in the city of Boston. The first Boston Terriers were the result of a cross between a white English Terrier and an English Bulldog. French Bulldogs were added to the mix to decrease their original size and increase companionable traits. After some name controversy in which the breed was originally called Round Heads or Bull Terriers, the breed’s name was changed to reflect their origin of Boston.

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