The Utility or Non-Sporting Group seems to be a catch all for all sorts of sizes and shapes of dogs. The dogs within this classification have been bred to perform special functions, however, they do not fall within one of the other groups.
It is important to note that Britain and the United States differentiate among the dogs classed within this group. For example, the United States does not include the Japanese Akita within this group, but rather, places it within the Working Group.
Most of the breeds that fall within this category have their origination from many years ago, and therefore, their lineage is ancient. Once upon a time, these dogs may have had a working purpose in life, but no more. These breeds make wonderful companions due to their dispositions.
Additionally, some of these breeds do quite well as show dogs. The dogs have a variety of coats, coloring, heights, weights, and body shapes.
The following dogs are included in the Utility Group:
Japanese Shiba Inu
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