Working dog breeds: the ten best dogs of this group
Working dog breeds: the ten best dogs of this group
The working dog group includes most of the guard dog breeds such as the Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher, as well as the northern sled dogs such as the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. Most of these dogs need plenty of exercise and plenty of living space. Many of these dogs have thick double coats and can shed heavily. Heavy shedding breeds include: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Samoyed and Siberian Husky. The top 10 most popular working dog breeds in the US according to 2005 American Kennel Club registrations are discussed below and their registration rank is included in parentheses.
The Boxer (#7) is a large, strong and muscular dog that is energetic, good-natured and playful. Boxers are very popular because they love children and are a good dog breed for active families with children. Toddlers and young children should be carefully supervised when they are around small or adolescent dogs who will knock them over when they get excited. This breed needs early socialization and obedience training as puppies and exercise as teenagers to control their exuberance. Boxers are alert, intelligent and eager to please and can be trained to a high level for agility sports and obedience competitions. Boxers are good watchdogs and can even be trained to be watchdogs.
The Rottweiler (#16) is a very heavy, muscular and large dog breed. A well-bred Rottweiler is calm, intelligent, confident and brave, but can be aggressive towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs. Therefore, it is important that this breed is fully socialized and obedience trained, starting when it is a puppy and continuing through adolescence. The Rottie needs exercise and mental stimulation and is a good obedience, agility and shooting dog. Rottweilers are not suitable for indoor life and love to be outside. A well-trained Rottie does well with older children, but this breed should be limited to people who have time to fully socialize, obedience train, and keep this dog active.
3. Doberman pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher (#21) is a strong, muscular and athletic large dog. Dobermans are usually protective, but they are also sweet and obedient family dogs. This intelligent breed needs early socialization and obedience training as a puppy and this should continue through adolescence. Dobermans do well with older children if raised with them. The male Dobes can be very aggressive with other male dogs and should not be trusted with small pets and strange children. Dobermans need plenty of exercise and company and should not be left alone for long periods of time. This breed must spend a significant amount of time in dog training school. Dobermans are good guard dogs and good watchdogs.
4. Great Dane
The Great Dane (#24) is a very large and strong dog and is known as the gentle giant of dog breeds. The Dane is gentle, quiet, loyal and attached to his family. This breed would rather lean into you for a pat than be aggressive towards anyone. The Great Dane is great with family children, but small children should be closely supervised to avoid knockdown. The Great Dane is so large that it needs to be socialized and trained to be very cautious around children and pets. Because the Great Dane is so large, early obedience training is essential to prevent dominance. Little Danes up to the age of three can be rambunctious and need close supervision. Danes are excellent watchdogs.
5. Siberian husky
The Siberian Husky (#25) is a very handsome medium to large dog breed that is playful, friendly, athletic and independent. Siberians do well with older children, but are not recommended for toddlers and young children unless they have been raised with them from puppyhood. Too many people are attracted to this beautiful dog without realizing that it is a working dog that needs a lot of physical activity. Siberians belong outside in a large yard that cannot escape, but they get bored and destructive if they have too little exercise. Training is quite challenging and should begin when Sibes are puppies and continue into adulthood. Siberians don’t bark much (although they do howl occasionally) and are too friendly to be good watchdogs.
The Mastiff (#33) is a gentle giant dog and one of the heaviest dog breeds. This gentle giant is a great family dog who is calm, dignified, good-natured and very fond of children. Due to their large size, small children are in danger of being knocked over and should always be carefully supervised. Mastiffs need a house with a large fenced yard. This breed needs a lot of company and should have early and ongoing socialization and obedience training so that you can control the Mastiff with just voice commands. This breed is naturally protective of its home and family and should be socialized early and often with other dogs to avoid becoming combative. Mastiffs are good guard and guard dogs.
7. Saint Bernard
The massive St. Bernard (#37) is the most famous of all giant dog breeds and one of the most famous of all dog breeds. The Saint is an intelligent, brave, obedient and good-natured dog breed. The breed is very good with children and also with other pets, but due to their very large size, small children and young children should be closely supervised to avoid any accidents. The Saint is relatively easy to train, but should be fully socialized and trained while young and not too big to handle. The St. Bernard is a good watchdog, although he does not bark much and is quite tolerant of strangers.
The Bullmastiff (#42) is a very large dog that is a cross between the Bulldog and Mastiff breeds. The bullmastiff is attractive and reliable, but also fearless and not afraid of anything. Normally this breed is gentle and docile, but once excited can be aggressive with other male dogs and strangers. Bullmastiffs make great pets for families with older children, but young puppies or teenagers are too rambunctious to be around toddlers or young children. Bullmastiff puppies need early socialization and obedience training, which is reinforced in adulthood. This breed of dog is too big to have any unbridled behavior and at any sign of aggression get professional training help. Bullmastiffs are fantastic guard dogs and great natural guard dogs, but they should never receive additional guard dog training.
The Newfoundland (#46) or Newf is one of the giant dog breeds whose teddy bear appearance shows what a wonderful family dog it is. The Newfoundland has an incredibly sweet and gentle disposition, which is reflected in his sweet expression. This intelligent, gentle and good-natured giant dog is great with children and makes a great family dog. Small children should be watched carefully, as one sniff from its large tongue can knock the little one over. Newfs and all giant breeds need to be socialized and obedience trained early as puppies and throughout adolescence. Newfs need a lot of company and need to participate in family activities.
10. Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog (#47) is a very handsome large dog that is sociable, intelligent and affectionate and makes a great family pet. Berners love children but should be supervised with small children because they are large and can knock little ones over. Berners need to be socialized early with small children and animals when they are puppies. Bernese are intelligent and very trainable, and are good dogs for competitive obedience trials. These mountain dogs love to be outside and thrive in cold weather. Berners are quite tolerant of strangers, but still make excellent guard dogs.
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