These Working Group Puppies Will Light A Fire In Your Heart

newfoundland puppy

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.


akita puppy

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.


Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees puppy

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.


Portuguese Water Dog

portuguese water dog puppies

The Portuguese Water Dog has webbed feet and a waterproof coat, giving him incredible swimming abilities.


Bernese Mountain Dog

bernese mountain dog puppies

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.


Dogue de Bordeaux

dogue de bordeaux puppies

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."



chinook puppies

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.



samoyed puppy

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.


Giant Schnauzer

giant schnauzer puppy

Contrary to his name, the Giant Schnauzer is in fact, not a giant breed, but simply the largest of the Schnauzers.


Doberman Pinscher

doberman pinscher puppy

"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.


Cane Corso

cane corso puppy

The name Cane Corso derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian", "Protector."


St. Bernard

st. bernard puppies

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.



bullmastiff puppy

The Bullmastiff was founded when gamekeepers were looking for fearless dogs, so they crossed the Mastiff with the Bulldog.


Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

greater swiss mountain dogs puppy

Affectionately known as "Swissies," these Alpine pups are the largest and oldest breed of the four Sennenhund breeds developed in Switzerland.



kuvasz puppy

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.



mastiff puppy

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.



boxer puppy

Evidence points to the Boxer as being one of the descendants of the old fighting dog of the high valleys of Tibet.


Tibetan Mastiff

tibetan mastiff

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.


Anatolian Shepherd Dog

anatolian shepherd dog

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.


Neapolitan Mastiff

neapolitan mastiff puppy

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!


Great Dane

great dane puppies

The giant Great Danes are known for their size, often standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder.



newfoundland puppy

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.


Standard Schnauzer

standard schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer was used by the German Army as dispatch carriers and Red Cross aids.



rottweiler puppies

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.


Black Russian Terrier

black russian terrier puppies

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.


Alaskan Malamute

alaskan malamute puppies

The Alaskan Malamute became the official state dog of Alaska in 2010, thanks to a campaign started by a group of school children.


Siberian Husky

siberian husky puppy

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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