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Shar Pei
Utility Dogs

Shar Peis can be a stubborn breed who need an experienced owner who has the leadership skills to train and socialise them from an early age. They need up to an hour of daily exercise, to be groomed once a week and can live over 10 years.

If you’ve ever heard the term Utility Dog used to describe a breed and wondered what it meant, then you are not alone.  The phrase is a Kennel Club classification which is generally used to cover dogs who do not fit into any other categorisation.

Utility Dogs are the most diverse selection of dogs out of all the groups. The dogs featured in this group were all bred for a specific purpose, but unlike some of the other groups, their jobs were not sporting or working related.

As this group is so diverse, it’s often difficult to easily identify breeds that belong in the group. Other canine groups are a little more obvious and their breeds much more simple to identify.  However, some of the breeds listed in this group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

For many breeds in this group, their original purpose is no longer needed, so they now serve a completely different purpose. The group includes breeds as diverse as the Dalmatian, Poodles (originally retrievers) and the Shih Tzu (originally indoor pets to the Chinese ruling class families).

Utility Dogs are not all similar sizes. The size difference varies quite a bit in this group, including smaller dogs like the Shih Tzu, and much bigger breeds like Dalmatians.

There are no set traits amongst Utility Dogs. Exercise, grooming and training requirements vary greatly. The Poodle is a smart, active breed that does well in the canine sports, but you wouldn't catch a Bulldog doing flyball!   You will certainly find the right size breed of dog from within this varied bunch!

When choosing a Utility Dog to join your family, do your research into key areas including size, health, exercise needs, temperament and grooming requirements to ensure the perfect match for you.




Small Toy Dogs


Large Hound Dogs

Afghan Hound

Medium Terriers

Airedale Terrier

Large Utility Dogs


Large Working Dogs

Alaskan Malamute

Medium Pastoral Dogs

Australian Shepherd

Medium Gundogs


Small Hound Dogs


Medium Hound Dogs

Basset Hound

Small Hound Dogs


Medium Pastoral Dogs

Bearded Collie

Large Pastoral Dogs


Small Terriers

Bedlington Terrier

Medium Pastoral Dogs

Belgian Shepherd Dog

Large Pastoral Dogs


Medium Working Dogs

Bernese Mountain Dog

Small Toy Dogs

Bichon Frise

Large Hound Dogs


Small Toy Dogs