Working Dog Breeds

Dogs classified in the Working Group are breeds that were developed to perform jobs for their human owners. They have been invaluable over the centuries, performing water rescues, saving lives in blizzards, guarding property and more. The Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky and Doberman Pincher are just a few of these working dog breeds.

Working dogs are noted for their strength and intelligence. They are easily trained and well-suited for the jobs they perform. Many working dogs make good solid companions and are often family pets. However, these dogs are the most content when they are doing a job. Some may be unsuitable for the average family because of their large size and strength. Larger working dogs that are chosen to be family pets will need to be well-trained. They will need a large fenced-in yard and provided with plenty of exercise to replace the jobs they were bred for.

Image Breed Breed Group Size Color Overview
St. Bernard St. Bernard Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Although the Saint Bernard is muscular and powerfully built, it is dignified and gentle in temperament. There are both long and short-haired Saint Bernards. This breed of dog was originally used to find lost and freezing travelers during snowstorm

Samoyed Samoyed Working Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds

Well-known for having black lips that slight

Rottweiler Rottweiler Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds

Robust and powerful with a substantial medium-large build, Rottweilers, also referred to as Rotties, are often a popular breed for its ability to guard and protect. With an astounding level of intelligence, endurance, and willingness to work, the&

Portuguese Water Dog Portuguese Water Dog Working Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

Classified as a working dog, the Portuguese

Newfoundland Newfoundland Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

A large dog breed, the Newfoundland is a true workhorse. They are master long-distance swimmers and have a true instinct to save the drowning. They have heavy coats to protect them from the icy waters of northern climates. They are as content in t

Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

Also referred to as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, the Great Pyrenees has a long history of being keen workers who faithfully guard their flocks no matter how cold the weather or rugged the terrain. Not to be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff or Pyre

Great Dane Great Dane Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds

Also known as the Deutsche Dogge or German Mastiff in its homeland, the Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds known for their enormous bodies. However, their large size belies their friendly and affectionate nature, as Great Da

Akita Akita Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Noble and courageous, the Akita is a strong, independent, and dominant working breed that originated in Japan. Although it is often referred to as the “Great Japanese Dog,” the breed has recently grown in popularity in the United State

Doberman Pinscher Doberman Pinscher Working Dog Breeds Large Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The noble Doberman pincher is a member of th

Cane Corso Cane Corso Working Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

For centuries valued highly throughout Italy as a guardian, hunter, and loving companion, the Cane Corso is an Italian dog breed that

The Boxer breed is one of the most popular working dog breeds for human companionship. They are of medium weight and well-known for getting along well with children and other pets. Patient and spirited, they are also very protective and make good watch dogs. They don't require a lot of grooming, but like all working dogs they do require exercise.

Some working dogs are invaluable to farmers for herding and protecting livestock. In Australia and New Zealand, any dog trained to work livestock is considered to be a working dog regardless of its breeding. In the United States, the Working Dog classification is used to describe dogs that have been bred to perform jobs other than hunting or herding.

For general purposes, the description of working dog can be used to identify any dog that performs actions on a regular basis from managing cattle to performing tricks and earning money for the trainer. Service animals such as those who assist the blind may also be considered as a working dog by this definition.