The Working Group Breeds

Rescuing, guarding, pulling and shepherding are just some of the jobs that working dogs were bred to perform. This grouping of dogs consists primarily of breeds that are quite large and strong; many are not suitable choices for first time dog owners. However, with careful research and training, working breeds can become valued members of the family.

Akita  

Akita

The Akita is the National Dog of Japan, and is considered to be one of its National Monuments. It is the largest of the Japanese Spitzes. It is very muscular, with a solid and powerful frame. The Akita's head is broad, with a short muzzle, triangular eyes, and a shallow groove in the center of the forehead. It has a bushy tail which curls over its back, and webbed paws ideal for swimming. They also have a very thick and waterproof topcoat, lined with a softer undercoat.

 

Alaskan Malamute  

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a descendant of the Arctic wolf. It has figured in the short stories of Jack London and Rudyard Kipling, which showcased the breed’s admirable strength and noble stance. It has a very solid and sturdy build, with a wide head and erect ears, and almond-shaped eyes that are obliquely spaced. The Alaskan Malamute have a thick plumed tail, and a double coat that gives ample protection from the elements.

 

Anatolian Shepherd Dog  

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Despite the name, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog was never a herder, but more of a flock guard, protecting livestock from predators like bears and wolves. A breed of ancient origin, the Anatolian varies greatly in coat type, color, and size, as it served as a companion to traveling shepherds, adapting to different conditions. This tough breed is endowed with great endurance and agility, in a strong but flowing pace. A dense undercoat and short to rough outer coat make up the fur, which tends to be longer at the mane and neck.

 

appenzeller sennenhunde  

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

The Appenzeller Sennenhunde is one of the four Swiss mountain dog breeds and is considered rare and threatened by extinction. It got its name from the Appenzell region which was its original breeding territory and Sennenhunde which means the dog of the Alpine dairymen. It has a compact and muscular body with a back that is moderately long and straight and a deep broad chest that reaches to the elbow.

 

Bernese Mountain Dog  

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese mountain dog is a breed that is instantly marked by its beautiful tricolor coat of black, white, and rust. Ideally the white color runs through the cheeks, head, and toes. Its medium-length coat can either be wavy or straight. A strong dog with thick bones, its head is broad and its ears are slightly triangular. Although it has a compact body, its chest is wide. The tail is bushy and long.

 

Boxer  

Boxer

The Boxer is a medium-sized, square built dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting coat. The broad, blunt muzzle is the Boxer’s distinctive feature. As a “people dog”, the Boxer is a playful and fun-loving, and one of the delightful qualities that sets the Boxer apart is the unique mobility of his expressive face. The skin furrowing of the forehead, the dark, "soulful" eyes, and at times almost human attempts to "converse," make his replacement by another breed difficult for one who has owned a Boxer. He mimics the mood of his master and can spend hours quietly lying at his feet. Boxers particularly love children.

 

Bullmastiff  

Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a powerfully built animal showing great strength, endurance and alertness. The breed was developed in England by gamekeepers for protection against poachers. The foundation breeding was 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. The Bullmastiff is a levelheaded, steady dog and makes a devoted, gentle companion. He gets along well with other family pets and loves children. He is brave and protective. He saves his deep bark for really important matters. He is large and strong, so early obedience training is a must. As a puppy, his chewing needs are big too.

 

Doberman Pinscher  

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a combination of power and grace. They have been bred as the perfect dog guard dog, but they are very assertive and independent. With this breed is important to establish roles early on.

 

Dogue de Bordeaux  

Dogue de Bordeaux

The modern day Dogue de Bordeaux is calm, loyal, affectionate, good with children and extremely devoted to its master. The dog, however, can still be quite aggressive towards fellow canines (particularly males) and is usually reluctant to approach strangers.

 

German Pinscher  

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher is a physically strong and emotionally brave dog, making it an ideal companion. They are very protective and loyal, always ready to defend the owner and his family as well as his territory. However, the German Pinscher is not an ideal dog for children, as it tends to be quite aggressive and cannot differentiate between play and real trouble.

 

Giant Schnauzer  

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is sometimes touted as the “Velcro Dog”, because it loves being around its owner most of the time. While the breed is generally loving and affectionate, it needs to be trained to understand that despite their massive size, humans are still the boss.

 

Great Dane  

Great Dane

The Great Dane is both regal and strong in appearance. It is also one of the largest breeds in the world, yet despite its size, the Great Dane is extremely gentle and makes a great family dog.

 

Great Pyrenees  

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees was originally bred to protect sheep. It exhibits quiet composure, patience and tolerance in its dealings with humans and fellow animals. At present, it is well loved as a trusted companion and family dog while and also widely used as therapy and rescue dogs.

 

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog  

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was originally bred as a herding dog and is an excellent companion for children and enjoys being part of the family. Its skills include tracking, watch dogging, guarding, carting and competitive obedience.

 

Komondor  

Komondor

The Komondor is a responsible and fierce protector of its human family and flock of sheep it herds, it is aggressive towards strangers and potential sheep predator like wolves and bears. However, it is very independent-minded and is best trained by an experienced owner at an early age and socialized with people and other pets.

 

kuvasz  

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is an intelligent and independent breed that can be highly devoted, caring, gentle and patient. It requires dedicated training and needs supervision around young kids.

 

mastiff  

Mastiff

The Mastiff, also known as the Old English Mastiff, is really for experienced dog owners only, as caring for a dog of this size can be a big challenge. It is attentive, confident, and smart yet needs early socialization with other dogs and people to avoid agressive behavior.

 

neapolitan mastiff  

Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a massive breed that exhibits great devotion and allegiance to its "pack." While this breed is kind and gentle, its size alone may pose a risk for small children.

 

newfoundland  

Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is generally endearing with its pleasant temperament. This breed is composed, tolerant, mild mannered, laidback and extremely friendly, yet it is perfectly capable of protecting its master when the situation calls for it.

 

Portuguese Water Dog  

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is known for its swimming ability, which is aided by its webbed feet. It is a tough and dynamic dog, easy to train and quite affectionate with people.

 

Rottweiler  

Rottweiler

A Rottweiler’s personality depends on the experience of its owner in training such a breed. This type of dog is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. However, under the right circumstances, it can prove to be an active and loyal companion who is devoted to its owner and family.

 

Saint Bernard  

Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard, while known for its fierce loyalty and vigilance to its owners and family, is a very gentle breed. They are very friendly and despite their massive size, are especially tolerant of small children, making them the perfect watchdogs.

 

Samoyed  

Samoyed

Samoyeds are a very intelligent breed and responds favorably to firm and patient training. However, they have a reputation for being chewers and can become very destructive when left alone.

 

Siberian Husky  

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a very strong and muscular dog that is used for hard labor. It is a very strong-willed and intelligent breed. With proper and patient guidance, the Siberian Husky can be cheerful and genuinely affectionate.

 

Standard Schnauzer  

Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is very affectionate and a great companion. Because of it's high skill-level, it is often referred to as the “dog with a human brain”. This breed has a long list of skills, which include tracking, hunting, retrieving, guarding, obedience and agility trials, military duty, and even trick performances.

 

Tibetan Mastiff  

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a highly protective and territorial breed. Although strong-willed and fearless, it is even-tempered and has a strong desire to please its humans. It is okay to raise this breed with another dog, but the latter should be of a non-dominant breed.

 

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