Working Dog
Working Dog

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From the lovable St. Bernard to the tireless Husky, working dogs have historically been not only man’s best friends, but also one of man’s best assets in the field. Bred to perform a variety of tasks ranging from crowding, droving, pulling, herding, chasing and guarding, these are generally strong, brave and active dogs.

It is this group that usually produces rescue dogs, police dogs and sled dogs. Some working dogs have even replaced bigger animals like horses for their owners. While they’re incredibly loyal companions, these aren’t the best dogs for novice owners. Their size can make working dogs problematic to control, and they may not be the ideal family pet.

They require firm control and need proper training, but training is one area in which these dogs excel. Working dogs are quick learners and follow instructions carefully.

Breeds in this group include:

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Pinscher
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed
  • Siberian Husky
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Tibetan Mastiff


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