The utility dog group includes a wide range of breeds, including all three sizes of Poodle.

Here are the 10 most popular breeds of useful working dog in the UK - according to the Kennel Club

With a broad range of characteristics, many breeds of utility dog make for a strong choice when looking for your perfect family pup.

Monday, 29th November 2021, 11:17 am

The number of dogs bought in lockdown has shot up as people look for new companions.

Dog ownership soared by nearly eight per cent last year according to the Kennel Club, as lockdown meant people felt more able to open their home up to a new puppy.

There seems to be no letting up in the popularity of pups, as prices continue to rise as demand outstrips supply.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pooch – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.

The Kennel Club separates breeds into seven different groups, each of which have a particular set of attributes.

The Pastoral Group contains breeds that were originally bred for a specific working purpose that is no longer applicable today, along with dogs that simply do not qualify for any of the other six groups.

Pastoral dogs account for several of the most consistently popular breeds, with the French Bulldog currently vying with the Labrador Retriever for the title of Britain’s top dog.

These are the 10 most popular breeds of pastoral dog in the UK, according to Kennel Club registrations in 2020.

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