On a day like Work Like A Dog Day, we're all inspired to live up to the determined and productive nature of dogs. No dogs know hard work like the working breeds, who were bred to perform jobs like guarding property, pulling sleds, and performing water rescues.
And even though these breeds are intelligent, strong, and generally large dogs, they start out as adorable, little puppies.
Check them out and learn some fun facts about the breeds.
There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita; when a child is born in Japan, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita.
The Great Pyrenees was adopted as a French court dog in the 17th century and is called Le Grande Chien Des Montagnes, "the big dog of the mountains," or "Le Chien Des Pyrenees," the dog of the pyrenees.
The Portuguese Water Dog has webbed feet and a waterproof coat, giving him incredible swimming abilities.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a hardy dog that thrives in cold weather; his intelligence and strength originally helped him perform work on Swiss farms.
A French breed, Americans became aware of the Dogue de Bordeaux when he appeared as drooling, messy "Hooch" in the 1989 Tom Hanks' film, "Turner and Hooch."
In 1965, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the Chinook for the first of three times as the rarest dog, with only 125 dogs alive.
Of all the modern breeds, the Samoyed is most nearly akin to the primitive dog. No admixture of wolf or fox runs in the Samoyed strain.
Contrary to his name, the Giant Schnauzer is in fact, not a giant breed, but simply the largest of the Schnauzers.
"Always faithful," a life-size Doberman in bronze, is a permanent monument located in Guam at the war Dog Cemetery at the U.S. Naval Base in Orote Point.
The name Cane Corso derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian", "Protector."
Bred to rescue stranded travelers in the Swiss Alps, the St. Bernard also became wonderful companion dogs that kept the Monks of Saint Bernard Pass warm during the winter months.
The Bullmastiff was founded when gamekeepers were looking for fearless dogs, so they crossed the Mastiff with the Bulldog.
Affectionately known as "Swissies," these Alpine pups are the largest and oldest breed of the four Sennenhund breeds developed in Switzerland.
The King of Hungary and Croatia, Mathias I, who reigned from 1458 to 1490, required that at least one Kuvasz be with him at all times.
This English breed has a rich history--Julius Caesar even described Mastiffs in his account of invading Britain in 55 B.C.! These massive dogs commonly fought beside their masters against the Roman legions with courage and power.
Evidence points to the Boxer as being one of the descendants of the old fighting dog of the high valleys of Tibet.
These gentle giants are trailblazers! The Tibetan Mastiff is considered by many to be the basic stock from which most modern large working breeds (including all mastiffs and mountain dogs) have developed.
From ancient times, Anatolian Shepherd dogs served as the front-line of defense to protect sheep from predators. Today, they are still known for their independence, hardiness, and superior ability to protect livestock.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a dog known for his majestic appearance, including his wrinkles, folds, and pendulous lips. The dog that played Fang, in the 'Harry Potter' series, was a Neapolitan Mastiff!
The giant Great Danes are known for their size, often standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder.
Newfoundlands are master swimmers and have true lifesaving instincts in the water. Their large size allows them to bring drowning victims ashore and their lung capacity enables long distance swimming.
The Standard Schnauzer was used by the German Army as dispatch carriers and Red Cross aids.
The Rottweiler is an inherent protector and is happiest when he has a job to perform. The intelligence, endurance, and willingness to work of Rottweilers make them great police, service, and therapy dogs.
The Black Russian Terrier has an all-black double coat that is warm enough for the dogs to patrol some of the coldest habitable places on earth.
The Alaskan Malamute became the official state dog of Alaska in 2010, thanks to a campaign started by a group of school children.
In 1925, a team of Siberian Huskies led heroic "serum runs" and delivered antitoxins to the diphtheria stricken city of Nome, AK.
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