Top Working Dog Breeds

Top Working Dog Breeds

Dogs have had important jobs for centuries. Many were originally bred for a specific purpose. Some of the jobs that certain breeds used to do are not needed anymore, so they have either taken on new jobs or become treasured family pets. However, some dogs are still working doing the same jobs they have done for decades. A certain amount of these dogs will be bred to be working dogs and others are used a pets. Here is a selection of dog breeds who still have a job to do.


Many Border Collies are still out working all day in the fields. You often see farmers with Collie's in their tractors. This is because lots of them still work on farms herding sheep. It's a very important job that farmers rely on. When they need to move their sheep into a different field, or gather them all together ready for transport they use a cunning Collie to round them all up. Collies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and thrive as working dogs on farms. Their mind is constantly working and they need to be given a job to do to keep them happy. Working all day long provides them with the mental stimulation they need.


Huskies in the UK are mainly used as pets, but in a few colder countries they are still used to pull sleds. Huskies have incredible endurance and can withstand extreme weather conditions. That's why they have been used as sled dogs for so long. People used them to get around in the Arctic and to carry all their belongings. They are also used for sled dog racing and for taking tourists on sled dog rides.

German Shepherds

German Shepherds are still used by the police and armed forces as security dogs. However, this hasn't always been their main job. They were originally bred as herding dogs but have since been adapted to working as security dogs. They are very smart and have a bite force of 238 pounds.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu's were originally bred as lap dogs for royalty and they originated in China. Their name actually means 'little lion' but they are far from being fierce and scary. They are still used as lap dogs today and enjoy nothing more than to be snuggled up with their owners. They make excellent companion dogs because they are affectionate and love human company.


Dobermans were first bred for protection purposes. A tax collector in Germany wanted to feel safer so he bred a dog that could protect him. Dobermans make ideal guard dogs and are fiercely protected. Although they are not used as much for security purposes today as they used to be. Lots of people have them as pets but also guard dogs to patrol their property.

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