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Category: Working Dogs

Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

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

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

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

mastiff

Mastiff

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

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog

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

Field Spaniel Breed Description

Field Spaniel

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

Cane Corso Breed Description

Cane Corso

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

Canadian Eskimo Dog Breed Description

Canadian Eskimo Dog

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

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

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

Akita

Akita

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

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

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

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

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

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

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

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

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

Samoyed

Samoyed

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

Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier

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

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

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

Boxer

Boxer

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

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

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

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

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

St. Bernard

St. Bernard

History 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

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

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

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

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed Description

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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

Eurasier

Eurasier

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

Great Dane

Great Dane

History 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

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

Komondor

Komondor

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

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

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

Leonberger

Leonberger

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

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