Samoyed

Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. Among the breed’s duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming their owners by sleeping on top of them at night. As a working breed, Samoyeds can be strong-willed at …

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Saint Bernard

Originally the Saint Bernard dog breed guarded the grounds of Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard as well as to help find and save lost and injured travelers. Today Saint Bernards enjoy the comforts of family life in many homes across the world. They’re affectionate with just about everyone they meet, and …

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Rottweiler

The Rottweiler was originally dogs bred to drive cattle to market. Later they were used to pull carts for butchers. They were among the earliest police dogs and serve with honor in the military. Most important, they are popular family guardians and friends. Novice pet parents should beware, as these …

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Pyrenean Mastiff

The Pyrenean Mastiff, also known as Mastín del Pirineo, comes from northeastern Spain. The exact origin of the breed is unknown, but it is speculated to have evolved from Molossers. Humans relied on them to be guardians and protectors of livestock. Although these are purebred dogs, you may still find …

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Pudelpointer

The Pudelpointer was developed in the late 1800s to be the perfect hunting dog by combining the German Hunting Poodle, or Pudel, with an English Pointer. The German Pudelpointer is also sometimes known as a Pudel, Pudlepointer, or the Poodle Pointer. Although these are purebred dogs, you may still find …

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Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs once served as crew on fishing trips, retrieving lost gear and herding fish into nets. Today, this dog breed makes for a fun-loving family companion—represented by Bo Obama, former First Dog of the U.S.—who still retains their intelligence and love of the water, not to mention the …

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Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a large, strong dog breed from—wait for it—Newfoundland. They were originally used as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest. They’re a capable and hardworking dog, well suited to work on land or water. They’re a strong swimmer and equally …

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Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff dog breed was developed in southern Italy as a family and guard dog. Today this massive breed is known as a gentle giant. Some fans of the breed affectionately call them the Neo, and others know them as Mastino. Although these are purebred dogs, you may still …

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Mountain Cur

The Mountain Cur dog breed originated in the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee. They were a major part of the early settlers’ lives and helped their humans while they developed farms in mountainous, rural, southern regions. They acted as watchdogs on farms, assisted with hunting, and even herded livestock. Dogs …

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