Dog Breed Groups (Part 6)


All pure breeds of dog can be categorised by 1 of 7 groups. These categorisations are used by bodies that organise dog shows in order to ensure parity in high level competitions and it is possible for one breed to be in several groups. The names of the groups are loosely based on the specific function the dog has, for example there are working dogs, non-sporting dogs and Terriers to name but a few.

Group 6 Utility Group

The Utility Group is probably the group with the widest selection of breeds and includes many breeds from the Working Dog group. These are breeds that are fit for purpose and are not necessarily linked by any specific trait. For example the Dalmatian, made famous in the Disney film 101 Dalmatians and was once kept as guard dog and at the other end of the scale there is the Toy Poodle bred to be a companion dog to the 18th century English aristocracy, as diverse as two breeds could possibly be, yet both in the Utility Group.

Characteristics & Care

The very fact that the breeds are so diverse means there is no one characteristic that links them other than these are breeds that were developed with a particular objective in mind. Perhaps it was to guard royalty, compliment the nobility or to provide companionship. The Utility Group has served man for hundreds of years and regardless of the objective at the time, in the modern day, every one of the breeds now competing in dog shows all over the world with displays of expertise.

The preparation for these shows is significant, and all dogs will be groomed to the highest standard using top quality equipment from established manufacturers like Wahl, and Oster.


There are nearly 30 breeds in the Utility Group, all of varying sizes and all having different requirements when it comes to care and maintenance. But all these breeds do have one thing in common. They are intelligent, and so need mental stimulation to keep them from being bored, so good quality dog toys, preferably with a puzzle solving element, and they all require their human counterparts to take the time to bond with them through play.


Author Bio

This article was written by Jason Balchand who is a pet lover and writes for the pet blog at Online Pet Accessories. If you would like to read more or have some topic suggestions for us head over to our Blog or Facebook page.

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