Working Dog Breeds Mean Business !
Working Dog Breeds are the canine world’s labourers. This informative guide is a great introduction to the working group dogs which include guard dog breeds and Nordic sled dogs.
The Working Dog Group perhaps more than any other group represents what we expect a good dog to be, loyal, strong, sturdy and intelligent.
For centuries dogs have worked with man and we often forget the vital support role dogs have played in our lives and society throughout history. They have always been with us: Carrying loads, pulling sleds or carts, protecting our homes dragging and retrieving nets for fishermen and guarding our flocks.
Today, dogs are used more than ever. They are guides or assistants to the disabled, to the security services and military they perform the valuable role of scenting out drugs, contraband and explosives, not to mention the role search and rescue dogs play in locating and aiding trapped or missing persons when disaster strikes.
Characteristically working dog breeds are large and powerful with excellent stamina. They are often in the extra large category but, like most of the dog groups there is plenty of variety to be found within the breeds. Some are gentle giants such like the St Bernard and the Newfoundland and the largest dog of all the Great Dane can be found among the Working group.
The working group is also home to most of the guardian breeds. The Mastiffs in particular are enormously powerful dogs and often weigh more than their owner!
With few exceptions, breeds of the working group are serious dogs, requiring careful experienced handling, consistent training / socialisation and a strong personality to show them who is in charge! These are not usually suitable dogs for inexperienced owners