Posts Tagged ‘working dogs’

Anatolian Shepherd

Origin: TurkeyAnatolian Shepherd Breed

Type: working or guardian dog

Weight: Male: 50–65 kg

Female: 40–55 kg

Height: Male: 74–81 cm

Female :71–79 cm

Appearance: This is a rugged, large and strong dog, muscular with a thick neck, broad head and sturdy bones. Anatolian Shepherd dogs have triangular dropped ears. Their coat may be any colour; the most commonly seen is a cream white known as ‘sesame’, or white with large coloured spots. Whatever colour the coat is it will be double, thick and wiry with even thicker hair around the neck and throat; this is thought to have developed as a protection against attack from predators including wolves. In hot weather expect to brush your Anatolian Shepherd a couple of times a week. They shed to excess. Read more »

Alaskan Malamute

Origin: United States of AmericaAlaskan Malamute Breed

Type: Working dog

Weight: Male dog – 38 kg

Female dog – 34 kg

Height: Male dog – 25 in /63.5 cm

Female dog – 23 in/58.4 cm

Appearance: As a Northern breed the Alaskan Malamute has a double coat. The undercoat is both woolly and oily and can be as much as two inches thick. The outer coat is coarse and stands away from the body. Coat colour varies; variants include grey and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white, or solid white. Malamutes may be single-coloured or bi­coloured. The ears are small in proportion to the head and stand erect. Eyes are almond shaped and may be various shades of brown, darker colours are preferred. The Malamute’s tail is well-furred and is carried proudly over the back; a corkscrew tail is sometimes seen but is considered a fault within the breed standard. This is a large, powerful dog build for power and endurance, something that distinguishes it from the lighter and speedier Husky.

Temperament: Malamutes are strong dogs, bred for a harsh environment, they’re courageous and powerful but generally slow moving. They have a strong independent streak can be dominant and territorial and are noted for having retained a lot of their natural behaviour. This is a large dog which combined with the traits mention above means they’re not the best choice for a first time owner. However, they’re also noted for a friendly and responsive temperament. On the surface a Malamute appears dignified but in the right moment they can be very playful and active.

Skills: Malamutes are still used as working dogs, mainly as sled dogs. In a family environment their power, intelligence and long association with humans translates well into dog sports and they’re trainable for weight pulling or even agility competitions. All that strength and power does need an outlet, your Malamute needs challenge, exercise and lots of it.

Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Malamutes have a strong prey drive, early socialisation is important to train them to tolerate smaller animals such as rabbits, squirrels, cats and even smaller dogs. However, they’re very much pack animals and will be devoted and loyal to their human pack. With the right training, Malamutes can make great family pets.

Common Health Problems: Reported problems include hip dysplasia and hereditary cataracts. Seizure disorders including epilepsy have been seen in young puppies and adults. There are also reports of congenital heart problems, kidney problems, skin disorders and canine diabetes.

Lifespan: 13 to 16 years

Kerry Blue Terrier (Irish Blue Terrier)

Origin: IrelandKerry Blue Terrier Breed

Type: Working dog

Weight: Male – 12-­15kg
Female – 10­-13kg

Height: Male – 18­-19in / 46­-48cm
Female – 17­-18in / 44­-46cm

Appearance: The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium to large­-sized dog breed. The coat of the Kerry Blue is wavy, dense, non­-shedding and requires regular grooming. The puppies are born with black fur and the signature blue­-grey colour develops as they mature. Blues have naturally long and straight tails which in the past were docked to medium size. They have small dark eyes and rather small triangular ears. Read more »


Origin: CanadaNewfoundland Breed

Type: Guard dog (Working dog originally)

Weight: Male – 60-­70kg
Female – 45-­55kg

Height: Male – 30in / 75cm
Female – 27in / 68cm

Appearance: Newfoundlands are large, well­-built dogs. They have a double­-layered coat that is water resistant and protects them from the cold. The outer coat is long and coarse and the undercoat soft and dense. Grooming is needed regularly and is sure to be a challenging task. Newfoundlands come in black, brown black, and white or grey. They have dark rather small eyes and triangular­-shaped ears. Read more »


Origin: CroatiaDalmatian Breed

Type: Working dog

Weight: Male ­ – 15-32kg
Female – 16-24kg

Height: Male – ­ 21-26in / 53-66cm
Female – 18-25in / 46-64cm

Appearance: The Dalmatian is a mid-­sized athletic dog with a muscular body. Their spots (brown or black) are developed over time, as they are born plain white. Most of their spots are present at 1 month of age but continue to develop as the dog matures. Their dense coating is short and smooth, quite silky­-like. They shed throughout the year, and their short and sharp hairs are considered difficult to remove from fabric, so regular grooming is recommended. Their eyes are brown or blue, with a possibility of having one of each. Read more »


Origin: RussiaSamoyed Breed

Type: Working dog

Weight: Male – 20­-30kg
Female – 16­-20kg

Height: Male – 20­-23in / 53­-60cm
Female – 19­-21in / 48­-53cm

Appearance: Samoyeds are rather large dogs. They have a double layered coat – a soft and dense undercoat to keep them warm in the Siberian cold and a long top coat. They can be seen in white and cream sometimes with a hint of silver. The Samoyed’s ears are triangular and erect. Their eyes are usually black or brown but blue­-eyed dogs can be seen as well although this is not accepted in shows. One of their signature features is the long curled tail. Read more »

Great Dane

Origin: GermanyGreat Dane Breed

Type: Working dog

Weight: Male dog – 54–91 kg
Female dog – 45–59 kg

Height: Male dog – 30–34 in / 76–86 cm
Female dog – 28–32 in / 71–81 cm

Appearance: The Great Dane is best known for its giant size, huge body and great height, its impressive looks show dignity, strength and elegance. The body is powerful, well-­formed and smoothly muscled. Despite its huge size, the Great Dane doesn’t look clumsy. The ears are naturally floppy and triangular. The coat is very short, coloured in fawn and brindle, harlequin and black, mantle, black and white, or blue. Read more »


Origin: GermanyBoxer Breed

Type: Working dog

Weight: Male dog – 30–32 kg
Female dog – 25–27 kg

Height: Male dog – 23-25 in / 57–63 cm
Female dog – 21.5-23.5 in / 53–60 cm

Appearance: The Boxer is a stocky, medium-sized dog with a short­-haired, smooth, shiny, close-lying and tight­fitting coat. Its colours are mostly fawn or brindled, with or without white markings covering the entire body, but also could be a black mask, with or without white markings, and white. Boxers have brachycephalic (broad and short) skulls, square muzzles and extremely strong jaws. The Boxer was bred from the Old English bulldog and the Bullenbeisser. Read more »


Origin: FrancePoodle Breed

Type: Working dog ­ – duck and game bird hunter

Height: As the Poodle breed has many types, the size of the dog depends on each particular type. There are standard, medium, miniature and toy Poodles.
Standard – over 15 in / 38 cm
Miniature – 11 to 15 in / 28 cm to 38 cm
Toy – under 11 in / 28 cm

Appearance: The Poodle is a very elegant dog with perfect body proportions ­ the length of body approximates the height from the shoulders to the end of the paws. Eyes are oval and dark with an intelligent expression. The ears are dropped, begin at the eye level and fall down close to the head. The coat is thick, naturally curly and requires regular grooming and shaving. Poodles don’t moult, which makes them a perfect choice for allergy suffers. The coat is also single­-layered and can be solid­colored or parti­colored with a wild variety of colours ­ white, black, brown, parti, silver, gray, silver beige, apricot, red, cream, sable, and patterns such as phantom and brindle. Read more »

Doberman Pinscher

Origin: GermanyDoberman Pinscher Breed

Type: Working Dog

Weight: Male dog – 34-45 kg
Female dog – 27-41 kg

Height: Male dog – 27.5 in / 68.8 cm
Female dog – 25.5 in / 63.9 cm

Appearance: The Doberman Pinscher, or simply Doberman is a middle-sized dog with a short coat in black, brown, red, blue, fawn or white (albino) colours. Male dogs are muscular and noble, females are usually thinner, but can be portly. The dog has perfect proportions ­ its length is equal to its height, the length of its head, neck and legs is in proportion to its body. You may still see Dobermans with cropped ears and docked tails, though both practices are opposed by the RSPCA and illegal in the UK for anything other than working dogs. Read more »