The dogs designated as “working dogs” by the American Kennel Club include some beautiful, bold and big specimens, including Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Siberian Huskies, Saint Bernard’s, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Mastiffs and Rottweilers.
Working Dogs were bred to, well, work, with duties such as sled dogs, rescue dogs, and guard dogs. And as much as these canine companions work hard for a living, they can also be hard to live with, as they need intensive obedience training and early and consistent socialization.
And, because many of the members of this group are large and even extra large, they also need a big area in which to get their necessary exercise and to just “be.” They are not recommended for apartments or small dwellings. Many members of this group are not always appropriate for first-time dog owners, as they can be stubborn with strong personalities.
Having said that, with the proper training, socialization and exercise, these dogs can be brought into the family structure and are very loyal and devoted. They are also highly intelligent.
So while working dogs might take a little extra “work” and expertise to integrate into your family, the rewards can be great. Take the time to investigate the breed you are interested in from this group. With a little planning and a good amount of work, Working Dogs will reward you with a lifetime of affection and enthusiasm.