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Category: Working Dogs

Schnauzer (Standard)

This hearty dog is the oldest of the Schnauzer breeds, hailing from as far back as 14th century Germany. A working dog, the Standard...

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is the consummate guardian – the protector of his family, home and livestock. These dogs are famous for their role as...

Mastiff

The father of many modern dog breeds, the Mastiff originated in ancient Babylonia, where he hunted ferocious prey such as lions. The breed...

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog

Named for his ability to hunt and provide protection from bears, the Karelian Bear Dog is bold enough to go after large game such as elk,...

Field Spaniel Breed Description

Field Spaniel

For centuries, Spaniels (such as the Field Spaniel) have provided humans with companionship and performance. While smaller types enjoyed...

Cane Corso Breed Description

Cane Corso

A direct descendant of the Roman Molossus Mastiff, the Cane Corso is a guardian dog whose name comes from the Latin “cohors”, meaning...

Canadian Eskimo Dog Breed Description

Canadian Eskimo Dog

Accompanying the Inuit people during their 12th century migration through the Canadian Arctic, the Canadian Eskimo Dog hauled, carried,...

Newfoundland

One of the very few dogs indigenous to North America, the Newfoundland’s exact genealogy is the subject of much debate. Some believe...

Akita

Akita

The regal Akita is the largest Japanese Spitz breed and has been around for approximately 300 years. He is related to the Ainu and the...

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

An old breed, the Portuguese Water Dog has an ancestry closely tied with the Poodle and Irish Water Spaniel. Historically, the breed,...

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Some 4,000 years ago, when the Bering Strait provided access from Siberia to Alaska, an Inuit tribe known as the Mahlemuts came...

Rottweiler

Roman soldiers travelling across Europe took their food along with them “on the hoof”. The herds were driven by huge Mastiffs....

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

One of four types of Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog (also known as the Berner Sennenhunde) was a working animal,...

Samoyed

Born in the bitterest regions of Russia and Siberia, north of the Arctic Circle, the Samoyed was an irreplaceable hunter, herder, sled dog...

Black Russian Terrier

During the 1930s, the Russian military searched for a large terrier-type dog (like the Black Russian Terrier) to become a part of their...

Schnauzer (Giant)

The Giant Schnauzer may seem a larger copy of the Standard and Miniature Schnauzer, but each breed has its own unique origins. Giant...

Boxer

The Boxer has ancestors known as Molossians; they were large, strong dogs used by the Assyrians in battle thousands of years ago. A cross...

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky was developed by the nomadic Chukchi people of Siberia, who needed durable dogs capable of pulling sleds or hunting...

Bullmastiff

Like most breeds, the Bullmastiff was bred for a specific purpose. Poaching was an ongoing problem in England throughout the 19th century....

St. Bernard

The Hospice du Grand St. Bernard of Switzerland is home to the St. Bernard dog. Named for Bernard of Menthon, an Augustine Monk who...

Canaan Dog Breed Description

Canaan Dog

An ancient breed, the Canaan Dog is the product of natural selection rather than human intervention. There is evidence that the breed...

Doberman Pinscher

Karl Freidrich Louis Dobermann was a tax collector in Germany during the mid-1800s. Tax collectors were understandably not well liked, and...

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed Description

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Originating in the valley of Entlebuch in Switzerland, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Sennenhundes...

Eurasier

The Eurasier is a recent breed whose development is credited to Julius Wipfel of Germany. He crossed the Wolfspitz (Keeshond) with the Chow...

Great Dane

The Great Dane got his name from an 18th century French naturalist who believed the breed originated in Denmark and called it the...

Great Pyrenees Breed Description

Great Pyrenees

Born in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, the Great Pyrenees protected the sheep and cattle that supported native peoples. Brave,...

Komondor

An ancient breed, the Komondor is a descendant of the ovtcharkas, which made the trip with the Magyars over a thousand years ago. Commonly...

Kuvasz

For thousands of years, nomadic Magyar tribes brought guard dogs with them as they moved into the land now known as Hungary. Likely...

Leonberger

Following his dream to produce a large leonine dog to help promote his business and hometown of Leonberg, Heinrich Essig decided to cross a...

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