Monday, February 2, 2009

3 Good Things (working group edition)

From the AKC

Dogs of the Working Group were bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, pulling sleds and performing water rescues. They have been invaluable assets to man throughout the ages. The Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky and Great Dane are included in this Group, to name just a few. Quick to learn, these intelligent, capable animals make solid companions. Their considerable dimensions and strength alone, however, make many working dogs unsuitable as pets for average families. And again, by virtue of their size alone, these dogs must be properly trained.

1. Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Developed to withstand Turkey's harsh climate, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog has evolved to endure the nomadic lifestyle of the shepherds. Loyalty, independence, and hardiness are the three factors most appreciated by fanciers of the breed.

This is my new favorite dog breed. I saw my first Anatolian Shepherd Dog at the Dog Show (sadly, on TV) a few years back. It’s hardworking, noble-looking, and kid friendly. They just scream "DOG!" to me. What more could you ask for in an animal?


2. Black Russian Terrier

The breed was developed in Russia and used as guard dogs for protection. They must be balanced, have a good temperament and be reliable. The dogs have great courage and strength.

I love the pure tenacity of terriers. Put it in a huge frame and Voila! Perfect guard dog. I’d like to have one or three of these around.

No rescue organization was listed.

3. Doberman Pinscher

The properly bred and trained Doberman has proved itself to be a friend and guardian, and his intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought him into demand as a police and war dog.

One word here: discipline. I’ve met a lovely, friendly Dobie who was left unclipped, untrained, and as a wandering neighborhood dog. He was a delightful dog. But the real power of the Doberman comes from its discipline training. Check out the stack! Gorgeous!


Next Up: The Terrier Group.

Why Dog Week ?


Christina said...

LB, I can't see the terrier photo. There's a nice empty box, though. NO clue if it's your problem or mine.

Lynne said...

Thanks, Fiddler. Do you see one now?

In fact, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that Black Russian Terriers look a lot like big black boxes. But since the empty box was probably white, I think I fixed it.

Christina said...

Thanks, LB. I can see the GIGANTIC terrier now. Definitely not what I expected to go along with the word, "terrier." With your knowledge of dog breeds, do you know if that is the largest dog, or is there a larger one?

Lynne said...

The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest, but I'll have to research which weighs the most on average.

Lynne said...

Well, I was thinking it would be some type of giant Bullmastiff, but it might just be a good old Saint Bernard. I suppose if you overfeed even a Lab you get the world's heaviest dog!

Lynne said...

"The Black Russian was developed through selective interbreeding of Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers, and Airedales by the Russian military."

I just had to add that to the discussion.

Amy said...

I love the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. I've never seen that one before.

Lynne said...

Glad I could give you the heads up to look for it in the show. I hope they play a little video of it in action.