Working dogs consist of a diverse group skilled in a number of disciplines. Most working dog breeds are robust, intelligent and headstrong. Made up of guardians of livestock and property, police dogs, sled dogs and rescue dogs, working dogs come in all shapes and sizes.
Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, commonly called Akita Ken / Akita Inu (inu means dog in Japanese) or Japanese Akita; and an American strain, known as the American Akita.
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog which originated in the Anatolia region of central Turkey. It is rugged, large and very strong, with good sight and hearing that allow it to protect livestock.
The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps.
The Black Russian Terrier, abbreviated as BRT, also known as the Tchiorny Terrier is a breed of dog created in USSR in Red Star Kennel during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for use as military/working dogs.
The Boxer is a breed of medium to large-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany.
The Bullmastiff is a large size breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. The Bullmastiff shares the characteristics of molosser dogs, and was originally developed by 19th-century gamekeepers to guard estates.
The Canaan dog is the national dog breed of Israel. Canaans have been part of the Middle Eastern landscape for thousands of years.
Canadian Eskimo Dog is an Arctic breed of working dog. These powerful dogs were born to pull and will go all day in harness. The Canadian Eskimo Dog is called Qimmiq by the Inuit.
The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, Guard dog and hunter.
The Doberman Pinscher or simply Doberman, is a medium to large breed of domestic dog originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiff, French Mastiff or Bordeauxdog is a large French Mastiff breed and one of the most ancient French dog breeds.
The Entlebucher Sennenhund or Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium-sized dog, it is the smallest of the four Sennenhunds, a dog type that includes four regional breeds. The name Sennenhund refers to people called Senn, herders in the Swiss Alps.
The Eurasier, or Eurasian, is a breed of dog of spitz type that originated in Germany. It is widely known as a wonderful companion that maintains its own personality and has a dignified reserve towards strangers.
The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its enormous body and great height. The German name of the breed is Deutsche Dogge, or German Mastiff. The Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds.
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees in North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a dog breed which was developed in the Swiss Alps. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is sociable, active, calm, and dignified, and loves being part of the family.
The Greenland Dog is a large breed of husky-type dog kept as a sled dog and for hunting polar bear and seal. It is an ancient breed, thought to be directly descended from dogs brought to Greenland by the first Inuit settlers.
The Hovawart is a medium to large size German dog breed. The name of the breed means an estate guard dog, which is the original use for the breed.
The Karelian Bear Dog is a Finnish or Karelian breed of dog. In its home country, it is regarded as a national treasure. KBD will hunt a variety of animals.
The Komondor, also known as the Hungarian sheepdog, is a large, white-coloured Hungarian breed of livestock guardian dog with a long, corded coat.
The Kuvasz is a large, white flock-guarding dog who hails from Hungary. A one-family dog, he’s protective of his people and suspicious of strangers.
The Leonberger is a calm, loving, non-aggressive giant dog breed. The breed’s name derives from the city of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The Old English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century.
The Newfoundland is a combination of the ancient, native Indian dogs and the many European breeds, which were carried across the Atlantic by explorers and fishermen from the 15th century onwards. By the end of the 17th century this cocktail had stabilised into a large, web-footed, thick coated dog, capable of draught and water work.
Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve. The Portuguese Water Dog once served as crew on fishing trips, retrieving lost gear and herding fish into nets. Today, he’s a fun-loving family companion.
The Rottweiler is a medium/large size breed of domestic dog. The dogs were known as Rottweil butchers’ dogs because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market.
The Samoyed is a breed of dog that takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved.
The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany. It is the largest of the three breeds of Schnauzer – larger than the Standard Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer. Originally bred to assist on farms by driving livestock to market and guarding the farmer’s property, the breed eventually moved into the city, where it worked guarding breweries, butchers’ shops, stockyards and factories.
Distinguished by their long beards and eyebrows, Standard Schnauzers are always pepper and salt or less commonly black in color, with a stiff and wiry hair coat on the body similar to that of other wirehaired breeds. The smallest of the working breeds, the Standard schnauzer makes a loyal family dog with guardian instincts.
The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family.
The St. Bernard or Saint Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Switzerland, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as well as for its enormous size.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a large guard dog originally used by monks to guard monasteries in Tibet. The Tibetan Mastiff is considered a primitive breed. It typically retains the hardiness which would be required for it to survive in Tibet and the high-altitude Himalayan range, including the northern part of Nepal, India and Bhutan. The Tibetan Mastiff holds the record for being the most expensive dog breed in the world.
Akita ; Alaskan Malamute ; Anatolian Shepherd Dog ; Bernese Mountain Dog ; Black Russian Terrier ; Boxer ; Bullmastiff ; Canaan Dog ; Canadian Eskimo Dog ; Cane Corso ; Doberman Pinscher ; Dogue De Bordeaux ; Entlebucher Mountain Dog ; Eurasier ; Great Dane ; Great Pyrenees ; Greater Swiss Mountain Dog ; Greenland Dog ; Hovawart ; Karelian Bear Dog ; Komondor ; Kuvasz ; Leonberger ; Mastiff ; Neapolitan Mastiff ; Newfoundland ; Portuguese Water Dog ; Rottweiler ; Samoyed ; Giant Schnauzer ; Standard Schnauzer ; Siberian Husky ; St. Bernard ; Tibetan Mastiff