German Shepherds hail from Germany. They were originally developed to herd and guard sheep. However, due to their great intelligence and ease of training, they quickly became one of the most renowned and respected working dogs worldwide. German Shepherds today are seen working side by side with man doing a variety of tasks. They are police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, search and rescue dogs,... Read more
The working dog group includes some of most formidable dogs around. These dogs were created to work hard. They were bred to guard home and livestock and to pull sleds or carts. Some working dogs also do water rescue, police and messenger work. Working dogs have worked hand in hand with man for thousands of years and have been an invaluable asset. In most kennel clubs, dogs that herd livestock a... Read more
Great Danes were originally recognized as a breed in 1887. It is believed that Great Danes originate from Germany. However, this is slightly disputed and some believe they originally came from Denmark. Great Danes were created by crossing an Irish Wolfhound and an English Mastiff.
Great Danes are sweet natured well-mannered dogs. However, they are als... Read more
Samoyeds are Russian dogs that get their name from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. They are also called Bjelkier in Europe. They were bred in order to help pull sleds, to guard the camp, to herd, and to keep their owners warm during freezing nights. Samoyeds are included in the 14 most ancient dog breeds and has been around for nearly 3,000 years.
In the late 1800s, Samoyeds were used ... Read more
The Kuvasz is one of the oldest of all dog breeds. They date back at least 7000 years. It is believed that they descended from the Tibetan Mastiff and are possibly related to both the Great Pyrenees and Maremma. They were developed in Hungary to be guardians of the aristocracy. They were a favored dog of King Matthias Corvinus. When they eventually fell out of popularity with the nobility they ... Read more
The Japanese Akita is also known as the Akita Inu. They are an ancient breed that was formerly used by Japanese Imperial Aristocracy for bear hunts and guard duties. They were also used to help hunt boar, elk, and other large game. The number of Japanese Akitas greatly diminished during World War II, but came back from the brink of extinction through recovery efforts during occupation years. Th... Read more
Boxers originally hail from Germany. They were developed in the 1800s, by crossing the now extinct Bullenbeissser and English bulldogs. The Bullenbeisser was a Mastiff who was used to hunt wild boar, bear and deer. They made their world debut in 1895 when three German gentlemen entered them in a Munich dog show. In 1896, the first official Boxer club came into existence. By the late 1900s, Boxe... Read more
The Cane Corso is the only coursing mastiff. They have been used to hunt large game, drive cattle and pigs, pull carts and guard home, family and property. At one time, this formidable breed was found all over its home country Italy, but eventually fell out of popularity to the point of near extinction. In the 1970s, dedicated enthusiasts of the breed helped to re-establish them.
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