If you want active, large, loyal, and steadfast, then dogs classified in the Working Group might be for you. Dogs classified in the Working Group were bred to do hard jobs such as guarding property, rescue missions, and manual labor (i.e., pulling sleds). Because of the strength required by many of these breeds to accomplish their tasks, they might not be suitable for the average pet owner. Their size requires them to have lots of free and open space, and they need to be well trained.
Boxers (shown above) have a lot of energy and a very playful attitude. They are considered excellent with children because of their patience and desire to protect their humans. This behavior also makes them a superb guardian breed for families. Because they are high energy, they require a lot of exercise, so they do best with active people. Males can grow to be 25 inches tall and range from 65-80 pounds. Females are a little bit smaller, ranging from 50-65 pounds.
2) Great Dane
These giant dogs are surprisingly gentle and friendly. But they are also a good guardian breed and will protect their homes from intruders. Great Danes are good with other animals if they grow up alongside them. Like many of the working class breeds, they require a very active lifestyle, so owners need to be prepared to take them for long walks each day (or give them a lot of space to roam and play). Feeding a Great Dane can also be an expensive endeavor.
The Mastiff comes from an ancient breed and can be traced to their ancestor, the Molossus, over 5,000 years ago. They can weigh anywhere from 160-220 pounds when fully grown. They are patient and lovable but require a lot of time, attention, and care. You can also expect a lot of drool. But if you want a strong protector for the home and a playmate for the kids, the extra effort is worth adopting a Mastiff.
Rottweilers are descendants of the early mastiffs of the Roman legions. They are often described as aloof and confident, and playful and like to cuddle. Early socialization will help control this worker class territorial urges more effectively. Rotties are intelligent and devoted pets, despite their relaxed yet intimidating stature.
5) Siberian Husky
If you are an avid runner or jogger, the Siberian Husky is probably the perfect canine companion for you. The Siberian Husky was initially bred for sled-pulling, and therefore requires a good run several times a week. They quickly become obese if overfed and don’t get enough exercise, so fitness and nutrition buffs will probably love them too. Huskies also require regular grooming, due to their thick undercoat and long fur. If you decide a Husky is right for you, bring them into Pet Ponderosa, we’ll keep your dogs coat beautiful and healthy.
6) St. Bernard
The St. Bernard is a gentle and calm breed. Despite their size, they don’t usually require the same amount of food since they typically don’t get as much exercise. They can grow to be 30 inches tall and 130 pounds, so early training is essential so that they know what is expected of them. But they are very patient and good with children. They love to be around people and participate in family activities.
7) Doberman Pinscher
Many people might think that Doberman Pinschers are attack dogs, but that isn’t true. They are very protective of their loved ones, but as long as they are well trained from puppyhood onward, inviting friends and family over should not be a problem. They are loyal and intelligent dogs, but proper socialization is a critical part of raising a Doberman.
Working Group breeds are a little high maintenance due to their size and protective nature. But many owners of these breeds think it is worth the effort because they have a lovely and loyal guardian for life.
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Still on the fence about which breed is right to become your forever family? In the next article in our Pet Personality series, we will take a look at the intelligent traits of the Herding Group.