Dogs have been bred for many reasons over the centuries. Referred to as “working dogs,” these canines were more “employees” than “companions” in many cases. Jobs included herding, hunting, catching vermin and pests, carrying messages during wars, and guarding. There are a host of other jobs that were specific to each breed and their geographic location. Unfortunately, some of those needs no longer exists, which has led to the decline in the popularity for some dogs (and even extinction). However, many have transitioned into adorable pets despite their size and breed. Today, Purebred Breeders looks at a some of the jobs specific breeds are known for historically.
Also simply referred to as the Malamute, this dog was named after the Mahlemuts, a native Alaskan tribe. They were bred to carry supplies and pull heavy load. They are extremely strong, well-built, and perfect for the winter.
Bernese Mountain Dog
This is one of several mountain dogs coming out of Switzerland, where it is also called the Berner Sennenhund. It was bred to be a farm dog, watchdog, as well as a cart dog.
A breed that keeps showing up on Purebred Breeders’ lists, this water dog comes from an island with the same name. Referred to as the Newfie and greater St. John’s Dog, the partly web-feet dog is an excellent swimmer. The Newfoundland has been a fisherman’s assistant for as far back as they can be traced.
Portuguese Water Dog
These strong swimmers have been used on boats to herd as well as catch fish. They are also used as messengers between boats. Incidentally, these dogs were often paid for their services and allowed to eat fish just as though they were human crew members. It has a few other names, two of which are the Portie and Cao de Aqua.
Known by many names including the Tibetan dog and Tibetaanese Mastiff, this dog is linked to many legends. It was responsible for guarding people, property and temples from thieves.
Besides their physical features and practical aspects of their temperament that make them great at what they do, these dogs all have the kinds of personality that make them great pets. In fact, based on our reading Purebred Breeders learned that many are family pets in their homelands, not just workers. While some are simple that; great, lovely additions to appreciative families.