Working Group Breeds
Bred to help humans in any way possible, these powerful, smart, vigilant breeds have the ability to get the job done. Whether they are hauling carts, patrolling the property, or performing daring rescues, these large companions are loyal and protective of who and what they hold dear. Properly training and socializing these animals is important to reenforce the more understanding and compassionate, softer side of these dogs.
Leery of strangers and mostly intolerant to other animals, this breed needs to be trained well to champion the good aspects of their temperaments. They are fiercely loyal to their owners and thrive on human companionship.
Bred for it brute strength and inexhaustible conditioning and endurance, this large breed is a native Arctic breed descending from the arctic wolf and named after the Inuit tribe called the Mahlemut.
A longstanding guardian of livestock, this native of Turkey sports a short coat and athletic build. Moonlighting as a companion to the shepherds, this breed can make for a good family dog in the right conditions.
Hailing from Switzerland, these jack-of-all trades dog from the Sennenhund-type dog family did everything on the farm from herding cattle to pulling carts to watching over the family. They can be It’s best to socialize this breed while they are young to best develop all the calm, sensitive love they share as companions.
Originally bred for the Russian army after WW II, these dogs are immensely powerful and courageous. This breed is loyal and loving to their family while remaining skeptical of strangers. These traits make them great guard dog and service dog.
This South African, Mastiff-type breed is largely used as a guard dog. While obedient and loyal to their family, they remain dominant and territorial to outsiders. A large dog, with even bigger muscles, this breed was developed in the 17th Century as an intelligent working dog.
A descendant mastiffs, bulldogs, and even a terrier, the Boxer is known for their signature square head and short muzzle. Their medium to large frame is all muscle. They can make for good family dogs, so long as you socialize and train them at a young age.
Highly protective of those it loves, they are extremely distrustful of strangers. With a solid, muscular build, this short muzzled dog originated in England in the mid 1880s. It is known as the “Gamekeeper’s Night Dog”.
An Italian breed of Mastiff, this hard working dog was versatile. While capable of hunting large game and herding large livestock like cattle, they are actually quite even tempered, reserved and loyal. They like room to run around and keep true to their active roots.
So long as they are socialized early on, they can make great family pets. Treat the Doberman Pinscher with respect and they will happily reciprocate. This medium to large breed has a signature look – with tall pointy ears and a long muzzle.
This even tempered, devoted breed might have a short lifespan (5-8 years), but they make the most of their time. With a past time of pulling carts and moving heavy items from place to place, these 130+lb dogs can be wonderful family companions, in the right households.
This small to medium sized Pinscher is an intelligent and lively breed. Their even temper and familial love make them great additions to the clan. Just make sure you are ready each day to exhaust their energy, of which they have ample.
Largest of the Schnauzers, this hypoallergenic – powerful and loyal – breed are kind and loving. Their size along makes them not the best choice for families with small children. That said, with older children who are respectful to animals, this breed makes for a great family dog.
Sleek and elegant, tall in stature, these extremely large animals (over 100 pounds) were developed from Mastiff-type dogs. They are gentle by nature but can be protective when they need to be. Many times, large estates would use these dogs as their guard dogs.
This extremely powerful dog has a cascading thick white coat. They were bred in the Pyrenees Mountains of France to keep wolves away from sheep and other farm animals. They were also used as cart pullers and pack dogs. They protect their families and are wonderful with families. That said, its best that your children are well behaved.
This large working dog from the Swiss Alps has an iconic look. Even if you’re not a dog person, you would recognize this breed. They are good natured dogs that can run a farm if you need them to.
This large, white Hungarian sheepdog has gorgeous corded fur that look like long dreads. Unlike other breeds that need help in that area, the Komondor has it naturally occur. They are an accomplished herding dog, keeping predators like wolves and coyotes away from the flock.
This large Hungarian working dog is as good in the field as they are companions. They are independent and intelligent, but also very protective, patient and kind. Once can trace their lineage back through ancient Hungarian texts.
Possessing an ancient heritage dating back 5,000 years, the English Mastiff has a calm demeanor suitable for families. It is suggested you wait until the little ones are a little older for this breed, due to its sheer size. They are cool, calm, and collected.
A mix between the Tibetan Mastiff and the now-extinct American Black Wolf, the Newfoundland dog has a dignified appearance, but a sweet, family-oriented soul. They’ve settled down since their blue-collar days hauling nets and transporting wood, as they were originally bred to do.
This hypoallergenic, medium-sized working group dog was originally from the Portuguese coast, with an original job of herding fish into the fisherman’s net. They are intelligent and brave while remaining docile and obedient, which makes them a great family dog as well.
This large sized breed from Germany once worked the fields, pulling heavy carts and herding the flocks. They are devoted to their families but can become quite aggressive to strangers and or threats. CountryLiving says the PSI of their jaws is 328. That’s a lot of pressure. To give context, the pressure in your tires is most likely around 38.
Originally a working dog in the Western Alps in Switzerland and Italy, this gentle giant was originally bred back in 980 AD by monks. They crossed the Tibetan Mastiff with a Great Dane. What you get is a calm, low-energy Saint Bernard who is extremely patient with kids. Don’t expect them to go out of their way and play Monopoly with them though, they will mostly keep to themselves.
This medium sized herding dog has a hypoallergenic coat that doubles its presence. While they are lively and friendly, they also have a stubborn side that is just as strong. They require lots of exercise and have a relatively long grooming list, so make sure you account for that when considering this breed.
The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog, specialized to brave the cold with its double thick coat, hauling sleds. They are largely friendly and outgoing and do well in a family setting.
The original of the three Schnauzer sizes (Giant, Standard, and Miniature), this hypoallergenic pup came from 14th century Germany. They are fantastic family dogs who’s devotion puts them in the air of some of the better companion dogs.
These large dogs have a big double coat that makes them look even bigger. They are intelligent and aloof, tenacious and stubborn. Both due to their size and temperament, choose wisely here if you are thinking about this animal in a family setting. They certainly can be great, but in the right settings.