Working Dogs

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

    Origin and brief history The Bernese Mountain dog is a large breed of dog that hails from the Alps region of Switzerland. As large dogs they were originally used for much different work around farms such as pulling carts and machinery as well as guarding the...

Schnauzer

Schnauzer

    Origin and brief History Schnauzer type dogs are known to have been used as far back as the middle ages in Europe for Herding and guard dog duties. The breed was also used for “ratting” purposes by peasant farmers. It wasn't until the mid to late 19th...

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

    Doberman Pinscher   Origin and brief history The Doberman Pinscher is a relatively new breed, having been developed between the late 19th – early 20th century by a travelling tax collector named Louis Dobermann who hailed from Apolda in Germany. Due...

Boxer

Boxer

    Boxer Dogs   Origin and brief history: The Boxer has a very interesting history. The dogs were bred originally in Germany. Originally used for dog fighting and as cattle dogs to herd livestock.  Later Boxer dog began to be used in performances because of...

Great Dane

Great Dane

  Origin and brief history The Great Dane also known as the Grand Danois, is a domestic dog of the German origin. The Great Dane is known for its colossal size. The German name is the Deutsche Dogge, also known as the German Mastiff. Known as one of the world’s...

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

    Origin and brief history The Rottweiler is widely regarded as one of the oldest breeds of dog with its ancestors first being used for guarding duties as far back as ancient Rome. It is likely that it is a descendant of ancient Roman drover dogs, a...

Mastiff

Mastiff

    MASTIFF Origin and Brief History Mastiffs are an ancient breed. Very large dogs similar to Mastiffs were depicted on ancient bas-reliefs in Asia, participating in lion hunts along the Tigris river. Mastiffs may have originated in the Middle East and may have...

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

  Bullmastiff     Origin and brief history The Bullmastiff is a large breed that was bred for guarding. They originated in the 19th century by games keepers who used them to guard estates. The Bullmastiff has been coined the Gamekeeper’s night dog. The...

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

    Newfoundland Origin and brief history The Newfoundland dog is one of the best known breeds of dog worldwide and has a long and distinguished history due to their water rescues and lifesaving efforts. Originally bred in Newfoundland Canada in the 16th century ...

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

  Great Pyrenees   Origin and brief history The Great Pyrenees breed has a long history stretching back to the 15th century and has been used extensively in the mountain towns around South France and North Spain as guard dogs. They are usually used to protect...

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard   Origin and brief history: The ancestors of Saint Bernard’s came from the mountains of Switzerland. They have a remarkable history as working rescue dogs. There are written records of the Saint Bernard dogs by the monks at Great Saint Bernard Pass,...

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

    History Siberian Huskies have a long and proud heritage being descended from the original Eskimo sled dogs which are recognized as being one of the oldest breed of working dog. These dogs were used by the Chukchi of Northeastern Asia to explore new...

Samoyed

Samoyed

  Origin and Brief History:   Samoyeds are one of the most ancient breeds of dog. DNA evidence has shown them to be very closely related to the primitive dog with no genes of wolf or fox mixed in. The breed’s interesting name was taken from the Samoyedic people of...

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

  Alaskan Malamute   Origin and brief history The Alaskan malamute has a long history of working alongside humans as the breed has been used by the Eskimo groups of upper Alaska as all-purpose dogs for over 3000 years and is one of only a handful of dogs that can...

Akita

Akita

    Origin and brief history With its roots of origination traced to a northern territory on the island of Honshu, the Akita dog breed is frequently referred to as the Japanese Akita, but today the American variety is as prevalent if not more so....