Dogs: The Working Group

Out of all of the classifications for dogs, the working group of dogs includes the largest number of breeds. Some countries, like the United States, have separated this group further into the following two categories: working and herding.

The working group includes the breeds that are known for guarding, hauling, and rescuing. The herding group includes the breeds that are known for caring for flocks. Sizes of dogs in this group range from the very small to the very large. The Mastiff and the Great Dane are two of the largest working dog breeds. The Lancashire Heeler is the smallest breed of the working group.

Dog breeds within the working group have been bred for many generations for specific purposes. In fact, the particular breeds within this group were chosen specifically for their trainability. Dogs in the working group have very active minds and a great deal of energy.

In fact, their high level of obedience accounts, at least in part, for their popularity. Despite their willingness to please, working dogs must be kept active to keep them out of mischief. Typically, they require a great deal of exercise and attention.

The working and herding groups include the following breeds:
• Alaskan Malamute
• Anatolian Shepherd Dog
• Australian Cattle Dog
• Australian Shepherd Dog
• Bearded Collie
• Belgian Shepherd Dog
• Bergamasco
• Bernese Mountain Dog
• Border Collie
• Bouvier Des Flandres
• Boxer
• Briard
• Bullmastiff
• Rough Collie
• Smooth Collie
• Doberman
• Eskimo Dog
• Estrela Mountain Dog
• Finnish Lapphund
• German Shepherd Dog
• Giant Schnauzer
• Great Dane
• Hovawart
• Hungarian Kuvasz
• Hungarian Puli
• Komondor
• Lancashire Heeler
• Maremma Sheepdog
• Mastiff
• Neapolitan Mastiff
• Newfoundland
• Norwegian Buhund
• Old English Sheepdog
• Pinscher
• Polish Lowland Sheepdog
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Pyrenean Mountain Dog
• Pyrenean Sheepdog
• Rottweiler
• St. Bernard
• Samoyed
• Shetland Sheepdog
• Siberian Husky
• Swedish Lapphund
• Swedish Vallhund
• Tibetan Mastiff
• Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
• Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)


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