Tag: Working Dog Breeds

Spanish Mastiff

Spanish Mastiff Overview Like other Mastiffs, the Spanish Mastiff is an ancient breed thought to come from the Molosser dog, a breed found as far back as 2000 BC. This dog breed is a flock-guarding dog and works well as a guardian still to this day. He has also …

Rafeiro do Alentejo

Rafeiro do Alentejo Overview Hailing from the Alentejo lowlands of Portugal, the Rafeiro do Alentejo, or Portuguese Mastiff is a descendant of other mastiffs from the Tibetan highlands thousands of years before. They were brought across Europe and developed to help move large herds of cattle. As they …

Tosa

Tosa Overview Dog fighting has long been a pastime of Japan, and the Tosa was the ultimate fighting dog. Dog fights were large, ceremonial occasions, with dogs dressed in robes and paraded around with white robes around their bodies and necks. As western influence grew in Japan, the …

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff Overview It is thought that the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most ancient breeds and ancestor to many of the mastiff breeds available today. This dog breed was raised as a fierce protector of homes and entire villages. Tibet was isolated for many years, making them a …

Standard Schnauzer

  Standard Schnauzer Overview The Schnauzer has its origins as a farm dog of Germany. Originally there were no size standards for the breed, so the Schnauzer was interbred and differently sized. They were good for hunting vermin, great family pets and larger dogs helped pull carts and …

Siberian Husky

  Siberian Husky Overview The Siberian Husky has its origins with the nomadic tribes and their ancient sledge dogs. These dogs were used to carry the belongings of tribe members, as well as assist in hunting reindeer for food. These dogs became famous as long-distance sled dogs that …

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 breed …

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 descendant 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 …

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 for …

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, …

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