Meaning of non-sporting dog

non-sport'ing dog"

Pronunciation: (non-spôr'ting, -spōr'-), [key]
  1. one of any of several breeds of variously sized dogs that may have been developed to hunt or work but now are usually bred for show or as a pet, including the Bichon Frise, bulldog, dalmatian, chow chow, keeshond, and poodle.
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