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The Work Ethic Of The Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies were born and bred to be working dogs; their ancestors' early life in arctic Siberia required that they be active, productive animals even before they were used for human benefit. After generations of usefulness and breeding under the hand of man, the Siberian Husky has proven to be a dog that excels at working. But many owners never seem to enjoy the benefits of owning the Siberian Husky because they do not understand the dog and its work ethic. [...]

Siberian Huskies: Human Saviors

Siberian huskies are working dogs whose endurance, intelligence, and tenacity suits them well to many jobs that have helped mankind tremendously. Siberian Huskies are proven companions with superior canine intelligence; as such, huskies have made very good guide dogs. They are also excellent Search and Rescue animals, particularly because they love to seek and find, and they have strength and endurance that far surpasses many other breeds. Historically, Siberian Huskies served humans well in the northern reaches of the arctic. Teams of Siberian Huskies were used for transportation to isolated Alaskan gold mines. Siberian Husky sled dog teams carried food and supplies to mining outposts, and brought back the sick and the inured. [...]

The Black and Tan Coonhound That Doesn’t Hunt

For the majority of its existence, the Black and Tan Coonhound has always been used for the tracking and hunting of game. With twenty times the amount of scent receptors, blood vessels and nerve endings of the human nose, the Coonhound has proven to be a major success at sniffing out leads not only on land but water as well. Seeing the advantages of this ability, many agencies have put the Black and Tan Coonhound's nose to use. From search and rescue missions to various programs in law enforcement, the nose of the Coonhound has consistently come out the winner over advanced computer programs and machines. [...]

The Working Life Of The Border Collie

Since its inception as a breed, the Border Collie was always intended as a working animal. It is noted for its exceeding intelligence, strong work ethic, agility and endurance. [...]

Introducing The Working Collie To Stock Animals

Border Collies are instinctive work animals by nature; they will work until they are made to stop—often to the point of self-injury and exhaustion. But even the most intelligent and instinctual working dog (argued by many to be the Border Collie) requires dedicated, consistent training to hone his or her skills. [...]

Introducing The Working Collie To Stock Animals

Border Collies are instinctive work animals by nature; they will work until they are made to stop—often to the point of self-injury and exhaustion. But even the most intelligent and instinctual working dog (argued by many to be the Border Collie) requires dedicated, consistent training to hone his or her skills. [...]

Sealyham Terrier: The Police Dog

Not all dog breeds are capable of police work. This is because law enforcement agencies have stringent requirements when it comes to the form, build and temperament of a police dog. However, there are some people who would love to christen their own dogs as police dogs in their own rights because of their innate qualities of being aggressive in protecting the members of the family that they belong to. Even if law enforcement agencies will never consider these dogs as police dog material, for the proud owners, their dogs are police dogs in their homes and in their hearts. [...]

Debatable Border Collie Issues: Showing, Working, & The AKC

Border Collies have gained recognition by major kennel clubs, including just recently the American Kennel Club (AKC), much to the chagrin of devoted working dog owners and breeders. [...]

The Field Spaniel in Action

While there are dogs that appear ungainly in their actions, there are also dogs that seem to exude poetry in motion. The unhurried gait of the Field Spaniel, combined with its long stride, make it one of those dogs that many people would love to see in action. Considering their love for any kind of sporting activity, there are many dog lovers now, especially those with active lifestyles, who prefer owning Field Spaniels. The sporting instincts that this breed of dog possesses, which outweigh those of other dogs under the spaniel line, make the Field Spaniel a perfect companion for sporty people. [...]

Schipperkes on the Job

Though they were developed as working dogs, the jobs the Schipperke was bred for, such as ratting and working on barges, have largely fallen by the wayside. Nowadays, dogs mostly work as companion animals but these positions are often left to breeds such as the Lab or Golden Retriever. Even so, this does not mean the Schipperke cannot be useful in a number of areas. In fact, the Schipperke is the one breed of dog that can naturally handle specialized tasks trained dogs cannot. It is the jobs that call for an independent streak and a good dose of daring that are right up the Schipperke's alley. [...]

The Samoyed's Siberian Heritage

The Samoyed as a breed takes its name from the tribes who originally domesticated it. The Samoyed tribes of Siberia were natives to the land who had become experts at living off of the unproductive land of the region and contending with its harsh and unforgiving climates. The breed was named Samoyed, because in their native Slavic tongue, the word translates roughly to "living off themselves". This is a kind of tribute to the self-sufficient nature of the dog that was something which the tribe both respected and valued. As such, the Samoyed dog began to live with the tribe of the same name and to work with them at various tasks. [...]

The Samoyed as a Working Breed

The Samoyed has a highly deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful of dog breeds, and rightly so. Anyone who has felt their luxurious coat or observed the degree of sincere happiness they receive at a simple gesture like a pat on the head will agree that the Samoyed is a breed that quickly endears itself to even the hardest of hearts. That said, there is much more to the Samoyed than meets the eye. The breed has existed for centuries as a dog that performs what amounts to hard labor in some of the harshest climates on the face of the planet. Because they've changed so little since their inception as a breed, the modern Samoyed is still very much suited to taking up their role as a working dog should the desire arise. [...]

Working German Wirehaired Pointer

If there is one thing that the German Wirehaired Pointer was bred to do, it's work. This dog was born to work. From the quality and nature of its coat to its unique build, the German Wirehaired Pointer has all the qualities of an excellent working dog. And this makes it the ideal companion for its human partner. The main "work" done by this breed is hunting, and the German Wirehaired Pointer has served that purpose incredibly well over the last few hundred years. [...]

The Rhodesian Ridgeback that Doesn't Hunt

While the hunting instinct is strong in the Rhodesian Ridgeback, their double ability of sight and scent have proven extremely beneficial in a number of search and rescue programs. The Ridgeback can be found worldwide in drug sniffing dog programs but they are used more often in rescue efforts and for tracking down lost persons and sometimes even escapees. Their ability to sniff out quarry plus chase it down comes from their days of hunting in the African bush. Being developed to hunt the African savannahs has also given the Ridgeback a strong self confidence, allowing it to go anywhere in any situation with little fear. More than anything, search and rescue trainers say it is the attitude of the dog itself and not the breed that matters most. However, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has become a favorite because when out in the field, the breed is all business. They do not often give up or give in unless and until they have accomplished their task. [...]

The Redbone Coonhound in Competitive Events

The Redbone was one of the first breed of hounds to be bred entirely in America. This breed is currently in the Miscellaneous Class of the American Kennel Club, but is officially recognized in the United Kennel Club, UKC, and considered part of the Scenthound group; indeed, it was one of the first breed of hounds registered with the UKC. The American Kennel Club is not the proper kennel club to turn to when showing and registering hunting dogs and hounds, as it does not put as much emphasis on hounds and hunting breeds and so does not register as many hunting breeds as the UKC. Indeed, while the UKC has a number of coonhounds registered, the AKC has only one: the Black and Tan Coonhound. Furthermore, it is the United Kennel Club that organizes and hosts the majority of American hound trials. [...]

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