Working Group

Among the largest of all dog breeds, some of the dogs in the Working Group can tip the scales at well over 150 pounds. These dogs were bred to help man in a variety of tasks. The Working Group has been thought of as the catch-all for dogs bred for work other than herding or hunting, though some dogs in this group are also used in both jobs.

In general, there are four categories of tasks dogs in this group were bred for:

Sled Dogs

Probably the best known of this type is the Siberian Husky. Dogs have pulled sleds and hauled cargo as far north as the North pole. Dogs of this type typically love the cold weather and participating in outdoor activities.

Cart or Draft Dogs

Dogs of this type were originally bred in the Swiss Alps as farm dogs. They have been used for guarding livestock, but their true purpose was to pull the carts of food to market. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is an example of this type.

Rescue Dogs

Everyone can probably envision the Saint Bernard coming to the rescue of an avalanche victim, with (as folklore describes) a keg around its neck to warm up the victim. But there are also dogs of this type that are very adept at water rescue. The Newfoundland, with its webbed feet and water resistant coat, is an example.

Guard and Protection Dogs

The Rottweiler was bred to serve as a police dog, or as a watch dog. The thick, rugged coat of the Komondor made it an excellent protector of livestock against wolves, bears, and other predatory animals.

When considering bringing a dog from the Working Group into the family as a family pet, it is important that you consider the size of dogs in this group. They also require a large amount of exercise, and a job to do. Structured training and socialization from a very young age is critical to your success. Unfortunately, dogs in this breed are among the largest population of abandoned pets.

The following dog breeds are currently in the Working Group. As information on each breed is added, you will find a link to the right for it.

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Cane Corso
  • Chinook
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • German Pinscher
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Leonberger
  • Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed
  • Siberian Husky
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Tibetan Mastiff
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