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Exploring the dog breeds - The Non Sporting, Toy and Companion dogs

Discussion in 'Pet News' started by testmg80, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. testmg80

    testmg80 PetForums VIP

    Jul 29, 2008
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    Two of the dog groups listed with the AKC (American Kennel Club) are the Non Sporting Group and the Toy group. The UKC has listed these dogs in one group known as the Companion Group.

    The dogs in the Companion, Non Sporting and Toy groups are basically bred for show and as a companion dog. Though they may have originated from a working or sporting dog, they are no longer classified as such due to diminutive size or physical or behavioral changes during the domestication process. Eventually, these were selectively bred and developed a breed standard that was distinctive enough to be classified as an individual breed.

    An example of the Companion, Non Sporting and Toy dogs are: The Poodle, the Maltese, the Shiba Inu, the Lhasa Apso, the Dalmation, the Chow Chow, the Boston Terrier, the Bulldog, the Havanese, the Brussels Griffon and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These are just a few among many others. For a full list of this dog group, visit the AKC website (American Kennel Club - akc.org) and the UKC website (Redirecting...).

    Most of the dogs listed in the Companion, Non Sporting and Toy categories have been carefully bred over the years to maintain their desirable qualities. They are quite hearty and active. Although they have no working status, they are still very intelligent and require a certain level of mental stimulation and exercise.

    They are usually very sociable and friendly dogs that require doggie socialization that can be found by walking in the dog parks, doggie day care and training classes. Most of these breeds do well in Obedience, Rally-O, Agility and other activities. Not to mention those qualified for the show ring, they are strong contenders for Best In Show.

    One of the very concerning things about the Companion, Non Sporting and Toy dogs, are the growing number of puppy mills and irresponsible and mixed breeding of some of the favorite breeds, especially the smaller breeds. Not only is it impossible to maintain the breed standard when irresponsible or mixed breeding is practiced, the breeding dogs and their offspring often do not receive the proper care required.

    Once these dogs are bred with the absence of the desirable qualities, the breed begins to lose these qualities. There is also the risk of genetic defects such as impaired vision or hearing,and other impairments such as impaired muscle and cardio development, irregular bone structure, irregular jaw and teeth structure among other abnormalities not usually found in these dogs.

    For those who are seeking to purchase a Companion, Non Sporting and Toy dogs, a thorough research of the breed standard is recommended. While it is possible to purchase one without any noticeable genetic or physical defect, there are other breed standards (such as behavior and temperament) that are not as easily recognized without research. These breed standards are fiercely guarded.

    It is also recommended that there is a thorough research of the breeder. If you have purchased a puppy from a puppy mill or irresponsible breeder, your puppy has possibly left behind a sire and dam forced to live and continually breed in miserable, filthy and unhealthy conditions.

    Fortunately, the law has come to recognize the inhumane treatment of dogs that are bred this way and strictly prohibits puppy mill breeding. The dogs and puppies that are rescued from puppy mills are most often found severely neglected, underfed and/or mistreated. This has become a strain on rescue groups and facilities, who work tirelessly with limited funding to provide medical treatment and re-home these helpless dogs.

    The Companion, Non Sporting and Toy dogs have been an American favorite for several generations now. They have served humans faithfully with all of their capabilities. For the very best of whichever dog you choose, select your dog and breeder carefully. If you have questions, or need assistance in recognizing breed standards or how to know if a puppy has been bred in a puppy mill, please contact me. I will answer your questions and explore all of the options for you to find the very best dog for you.
    Author: Cheryl Spencer
    #1 testmg80, Jul 11, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2009
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