Tag: Working Dog Breeds

Samoyed

Samoyed Overview This dog breed can trace his history back to 1000BCE in Siberia, and he has remained pretty much the same appearance-wise since. The breed was named for the Samoyede people, a tribe of nomads in Siberia that herded reindeer. This dog breed would herd, pull sledges and …

Saint Bernard

  Saint Bernard Overview In the 1600s, the monks of Great St. Bernard Pass kept large sized dogs to use as draft animals and guard dogs. The dogs were then used as rescue dogs in the 1700s. Using their sense of smell, the dogs could find lost people, …

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Overview The Rottweiler gets its name from its location of origin, the town of Rottweil, Germany. This was a center for livestock and needed dogs that were large and able to drive cattle as well as cart goods to the market. As the railroads became popular, however, …

Puli

Puli Overview As Hungary was invaded by Magyars a few thousand years ago, they brought along their shepherding dogs. These dogs then developed into three breeds, the Puli, the Komondor and the Kuvasz. Pulis were smaller and more agile, used for herding and droving. His unique coat also …

Portuguese Water Dog

  Portuguese Water Dog Overview The Portuguese Water Dog is a popular breed that has worked alongside fisherman for many hundreds of years. They were trained to herd fish into nets as well as retrieve objects and messages from between boats and to shore. To do this, the …

Perro de Presa Canario

Perro de Presa Canario Overview The name of this breed roughly translates to canary dog of prey and is named after the Canary Islands were the breed was created.  The Presa Canario is developed from large dogs owned by Spanish conquistadors.  They were used to protect estates and …

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 …