Tag: Working Dog Breeds

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 …

German Pinscher

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Non-Sporting); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Working); UKC (Terrier) German Pinscher Overview One of three Pinscher sizes, the German Pinscher is the middle size, standing between the Doberman and Miniature Pinschers. They were originally created from the …

Dogue De Bordeaux

AKC Breed Group: Working Dog Other Registries: ANKC (Utility); FCI (Molossoid); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)     Dogue De Bordeaux Overview This is a fearless, powerful and imposing dog breed. The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the most ancient French breeds. This breed is extremely muscular with …

Doberman Pinscher

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)     Doberman Pinscher Overview Originating in Germany in the 1860s, the Doberman Pinscher developed by Louis Doberman was and used as a personal guard and watch dog, vermin eradicator, …

Chinook Dog

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: Northern     Chinook Dog Overview Developed in 1917 in New Hampshire by Arthur Treadwell Walden, the Chinook Dog was primarily used as a sled dog. The Chinook breed is powerful and capable of pulling heavy sleds over long distances. This extremely hard …

Boykin Spaniel

AKC Breed Group: Sporting Other Registries: UKC (Gun Dog)     Boykin Spaniel Overview A relatively modern breed, the Boykin Spaniel breed is highly regarded for their ability to hunt water fowl. This dog breed originated in the southern United States. The breed is the official dog of South Carolina. …

Cane Corso Mastiff

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); UKC (Guardian)   Cane Corso Mastiff Overview This dog breed is believed to have descended from the old Roman war dog, Canis Pugnax. Over the years, the Cane Corso Mastiff has been highly valued by hunters …

Bullmastiff

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)     Bullmastiff Overview The Bullmastiff was developed in England in the 19th century by cross-breeding Olde English Bulldogs and English Mastiffs. This dog was bred to not only track down, but …

Boxer

Breed: Boxer AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)   Boxer Overview This dog breed originated in Germany in the late 19th century. The name Boxer is thought to be derived from the boxing made with their front paws. …