Dog Breed Groups (Part 5)


All pure breeds of dog can be categorised by 1 of 7 groups. These categorisations are used by bodies that organise dog shows in order to ensure parity in high level competitions and it is possible for one breed to be in several groups. The names of the groups are loosely based on the specific function the dog has, for example there are working dogs, non-sporting dogs and utility dogs to name but a few

Group 5 Working Dogs

The Working Dogs group has a wide range of breeds mostly in the larger sizes. These breeds were developed to help man, and as well as being amongst the highly intelligent of breeds, they are also strong and totally dedicated to serve and protect their master (or mistress). The type of work these dogs carried out is as diverse as the breeds themselves. The Doberman Pinscher world renowned as an excellent guard dog, the Siberian Husky whose job it was (and still is in some parts of the world) to work with hunters pulling sledges over some of the most hostile terrain known to man, or probably the best known working dog in the world, the St. Bernard a symbol of hope to anyone in need of rescuing; are just some of the breeds that fall under the Working Dogs category. By the very nature of their work, these breeds are large, powerful and stoic, which are ideal qualities in a working companion but not for the average family home. The very size of some of these breeds means that early and on-going training is vital.

They are also considered high maintenance, not just because of their size or that most of the breeds are of the long haired variety, but because they are expensive to feed and keep healthy. Regular grooming is essential to keep the coats in good condition, and the equipment used needs to be appropriate to the type of breed you are caring for. A long bristled wire dog brush for a St. Bernard for instance, and a short, hard bristled dog brush for the shorter haired Great Dane. Consideration needs to be given to how breeds in the Working Dogs group are catered for when the owners go on vacation for instance, as dog kennels that can care for the larger breeds are costly.

That said, some of the breeds in this group do indeed make excellent family pets, the aforementioned St. Bernard, the Great Dane and of course the Newfoundland, but only with the correct training from an experienced dog owner.


There are over 25 breeds in the Working Dogs category, some of which should only be considered as family pets after undertaking lots of research into the breed concerned. But each breed, in its own way has given hundreds of years of service to man and will continue to do so for many more to come.

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This article was written by Jason Balchand who is a pet lover and writes for the pet blog at Online Pet Accessories. If you would like to read more or have some topic suggestions for us head over to our Blog or Facebook page.

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