Working Dog Breeds

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A diverse group skilled in a number of disciplines, most working breeds are robust, intelligent and headstrong, often unsuitable for novice owners. Made up of guardians of livestock and property, police dogs, sled dogs and rescue dogs, these workers come in all shapes and sizes, from the standard schnauzer to the Great Dane. But for the most part, these are large, powerful dogs. The Akita (Japan), the Komondor (Hungary), the Portuguese water dog, the Newfoundland, the Saint Bernard (Switzerland), the Alaskan Malamute, the Bernese Mountain dog (Switzerland) and many more make this group a veritable United Nations of dogs. Without the right training, some working dogs can be difficult to handle, even dangerous. Very bright and rather determined breeds such as Rottweilers, Dobermans and Akitas have become extremely popular, even trendy. Motivated by rising inner-city crime rates and by the rather twisted notion that owning a powerful dog somehow enhances one's social standing, all too many people have invested a lot of money in acquiring one of these dogs, but sometimes nothing can convince some of these dogs that not all strangers, especially children, pose a threat.

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