Guide to Pet Dog Breeds
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All Pedigree Dogs are grouped in breed types.





Working Group

Pastoral Group





lar Dog Groups - Working Dogs

Working Group
I think their name tells it all, heroic and dependable, guarding, rescue, searching----- Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky, Great Dane and St Bernard. Dogs who have been bred to perform guarding duties, and physical work/ rescue work. They make great pets & friends but their size often has to be a consideration.

Working dogs (Akita, Boxer, Doberman, Great Dane, Newfoundland) are born to “work” at a specific physical job, whether it be guarding, hauling, rescuing or sledding. Many are not ideal as family pets, but can be with proper socialisation and obedience training. Independent, strong willed and physically overpowering, they must be kept under control and gets lots of appropriate exercise.

Some examples of dog breeds that fall into the category Working Group.

  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Dobermann
  • German Pinscher
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Mastiff
  • Rottweiler
  • St. Bernard
  • Siberian Husky

Many of the above examples make excellent pets, but it should be remembered that they are generally large and often aggressive. A look at their background and purpose of the breed will give some clues as to their suitability as pets, Generally intelligent and obedient they will greatly benifit from early socialisation.