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All Pedigree Dogs are grouped in breed types.





Working Group

Pastoral Group




Popular Dog Groups - Utility

Utility Group

Generally a mixture of breeds that do not necessarily fit into only one of the other groups.
These are probably the "old boys" of the dog groups, they serve many different purposes and in truth are not always generally purpose trained. They can however have specific functions, acheived mainly through selective breeding

Often described as "non sporting dogs" they will show individual traits similar to one or more of the other groups.
The dogs in this group vary in size and shape enormously and the original reason for breeding them to perform a specific function may no longer be valid or required (bulldog and bull-baiting)

Some examples of dog breeds that fall into the category Utility.

  • Boston Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Chow Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • German Spitz
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mexican Hairless
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Poodle ( Miniature, Toy, Standard)
  • Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Many of the above examples make excellent pets, but it should be remembered that the vast variety of types makes it difficult to say that as a group they will generally make good pets.It is up to potential owners to look at individual breeds and not expect all utility types to be the same.
It is generally accepted that after long years of breeding utility breeds have great dispositions making them good companions and pets.