The dogs of the AKC Working Group were bred to help man in many various jobs - from guarding and tracking, to pulling carts, to water rescues, etc. The members of this entire group of dogs was originally bred to serve humans in very practical and specific ways.
Dog Breed Information
They are the dogs most often associated with guarding, leading, guiding, protecting, pulling, or saving lives. These dogs have been bred for many generations for definite purposes. It is often said that few animals are happier than a working dog doing its job. Today these wonderful dog breeds also act as our companions and helpmates and they come from virtually every section of the world - all over the globe.
Because of their utility and varied job capabilities, these dog breeds have been absolutely invaluable to man. They can guard livestock as well as your home, carry out rescue missions and act as the best watchful guardians you could ever hope to have.
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Their active minds, trainability and willingness to work have gone a long way to support their popularity with humans. Overall, these working dogs are all dogs that need occupations or jobs to fill their days in order to be most happy and fulfilled.
Due to their large size and strength, many of the members of this dog group may not make suitable pets for "regular families" where there is not a lot of activity going on or an active job for the working dog to perform. Also, due to their working nature, these working dog breeds do require a lot of training.
Our dog breed directory is designed to present you information about some of these different working group breeds, and to also help you choose the best type of dog for you. Feel free to browse around for your perfect canine friend.
Working Dog Breed Profiles
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