Tag: Working Dog Breeds

Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog Overview Also known as the “Newfie”,  this dog breed has a long history. He is most likely a combination of several water dogs bred with native Canadian dogs at ports and other water-based locations. The breed then split into two, the Lesser St. John’s Dog (Or Labrador Retriever) …

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff Overview The Neapolitan Mastiff is a descendent of Greek and Roman ancient mastiffs who were known for going into battle with the Roman armies. They were also used to fight in arenas and guard castles and estates. The Neapolitan has been a fixture of Italy for …

Mastiff

  Mastiff Overview This breed comes from ancient origins and holds the title of oldest English breed. His strength and courage impressed those across Europe. The Romans took him back to Rome to fight with gladiators, bears and other opponents in the arena, while others in Europe used him …

Leonberger

Leonberger Overview The Leonberger’s creation can be traced to one person, Heinrich Essig of the town of Leonberg, Germany. He was a breeder that wanted to create a large, noble dog to help promote his breeding and town. Several large breeds of dog were bred together including Scenthounds, …

Kai Ken

Kai Ken Overview The Kai Ken is native to the province of Kai on Honshu island. The relatively isolation caused by the mountains has helped keep the breed protected and close to its originating roots throughout the centuries. Due to this, the breed is considered the purest Japanese dog. …

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog Overview Named for the area of Karelia that separates Russia and Finland, the Karelian Bear Dog is a dog developed to hunt game big and small, such as squirrels, moose and bears as well as guard the home. They are a strong and fearless breed, …

Estrela Mountain Dog

Estrela Mountain Dog Overview The Estrela Mountain Dog is a Foundation Service Stock breed originating in Portugal. Foundation Stock Breeds are able to beregistered to provide documentation of these breeds, but are not an actual AKCregistered breed. Often times the breeds are from an ancient or older line …

Kishu Ken

  Kishu Ken Overview The Spitz-type dog has been a popular style of dog in Japan for centuries. Used to hunt and kill game, the Kishu Ken and some of his fellow Spitz-type dogs assisted matagi, or professional hunters. The Kishu were courageous, and would block or hold …

Kuvasz

Kuvasz Overview The Kuvasz is a breed that has guarded the livestock of Hungary for thousands of years. They are believed to have been brought to Hungary along a similar path as the Komondor. Unlike the Komondor though, this breed is used in wetter mountainous areas rather than …

Komondor

  Komondor Overview A direct descendent of the Owtcharka, an ancient flock guarding dog, the Komondor was brought to Hungary by nomads 1,000 years prior. They were bred to protect livestock against predators such as wolves and coyotes. Their unique corded coat helped them to blend in with …

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees Overview The Great Pyrenees has been the guardian of flocks along the Pyrenees mountains for nearly thousands of years. Later, they were then moved to be a guardian of the homes of nobility. However, to this day, the breed maintains his role as guardian of the flocks, standing …

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Overview The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog holds the title of oldest breed of all the Swiss Mountain breeds. He is descended from the Mastiff-style dogs of Roman armies, having traveled across the mountains to settle in the Swiss Mountains. One of the larger of …

Great Dane

Great Dane Overview At his roots, the Great Dane is from a long line of boar hounds. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bait bulls or even fight in wars. The breed needed to be large, agile, tough and strong. As the breed was refined and became …

Giant Schnauzer

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)     Giant Schnauzer Overview The Giant Schnauzer was originally developed as a cattle-herding dog, and this was his primary job until the widespread introduction of railroads. From …

German Shepherd Dog

AKC Breed Group: Herding Other Registries: AKC (Herding); ANKC (Working); CKC (Herding); FCI (Sheepdogs); KC (Pastoral); UKC (Herding) German Shepherd Dog Overview The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular breeds due to both his wonderful personality and versatility in the jobs he performs. Loved as …

Dutch Shepherd

Breed Group: AKC (Foundation Stock Service) Other Registries: UKC (Herding); CKC (Herding); FCI (Herding) Dutch Shepherd Overview This dog breed originated during the 1800’s in the Netherlands as an all-purpose dog. Dutch Shepherds were used as a cart-puller, herder, police dog and used for guard dog. This dog …