Many dogs in the Working Dog Group are of independent nature and need solid training or they will take over the dominant role - displacing you as the pack leader!
The dogs in this group are certainly not for the feint of heart, or first time dog owners. Having made these cautionary comments, the plus side is that once trained, these dogs make very devoted and loyal companions.
The working dog breeds are quite a diverse group both in physical appearance and in the abilities they bring to a given job.
Dogs in this group were bred for a variety of tasks. The Akita for example was once bred to protect the emperor of Japan.
They were also used in other times to hunt
bears and for dog fighting.
Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands have always been known for
their rescue abilities, the former excelling in snow and the latter in water.
Dobermans and Boxers are associated with police work and as fearless watchdogs. Others in the Working dog group
have assisted in military work, guarding and herding flocks, pulling sleds and simply as
companions to royalty.
One of the more distinctive looking dogs in the Working Dog Group is the Komodor, which has been
used for guarding livestock in mountainous regions.
This very large dog has an unbelievably huge white corded coat which is just the ticket for protecting a dog while working in very cold climates.
Strangely enough, the Komodor's coat should never be brushed or combed!
Overall, the dogs in this class are courageous, intelligent, quick learners and have great stamina, but because of their size they do need a suitable environment, as well as owners with the enough time to train and exercise them well.