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Utility Dogs

The Utility Group is made up of an assortment of breeds that do not fit exactly into the other Group classifications.

Many of the Utility breeds are of ancient lineage and were originally developed to be useful and to serve a practical purpose but, through no fault of their own, now have no function as working dogs.

The Bulldog, bred for bull-baiting is an obvious example of this, similarly the Dalmatian as a Coach Dog and the Poodle as a Duck Dog and the Lhasa Apso as a Temple Dog in Tibet.

The only thing drawing them together as a group is that they really do not sit comfortably anywhere else.

That said, there is no international agreement about the allocation of some of the dogs that appear in this Group. For example, in some countries the Shih Tzu belongs to the Toy Group and the Tibetan Terrier to the Terrier Group, in fact for many of the breeds in this group an argument could be made for placing them in another category.

From the large and powerful Akita, graceful Dalmation and the massively built Bulldog, to the small foxy Schipperke, glamourous Lhasa Apso and the incredibly extrovert Miniature Poodle. This is a group that truly has a breed for everyone.