The Kuvasz is an ancient breed originally from Tibet. Farmers in the region of modern-day Hungary utilized these dogs to guard livestock. The name comes from kawasz, a Turkish word that means... Read more »


The Komondor is a descendent of flock guardians used in Eastern Europe and Russia for thousands of years. A direct descendent of the Russian Ovtcharkas, the Komondor by name, can be traced... Read more »

The Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is an ancient livestock protector that may have originated in Central Asia or Siberia. For centuries, breeders used it to protect flocks in the Pyrenees Mountains. Early settlers brought... Read more »

Dogue de Bordeaux

According to experts, the Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff existed over 600 years ago, with some models dating back to ancient Rome. However, the exact origins are murky at best, but... Read more »

Black Russian Terrier

Breeders created the Black Russian Terrier after World War II in Russia as an all-purpose, hardy, trainable military and police dog that could withstand the Russian climate. They created the breed at... Read more »


The Samoyed is a typical Nordic breed, used for centuries by tribes for herding, hunting, guarding, and hauling. It first came to public attention when polar explorers began using Samoyed as sled... Read more »

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed developed in the Himalayan mountains as a protector and flock guardian. The Tibetan Mastiff may well be the source from which most modern working breeds... Read more »


The Akita is a product of Japan and a versatile guardian and hunting dog. Early references to the breed date from the seventeenth century on the island of Honshu. At one time,... Read more »


The Chinook is a native of the United States by Polar explorer Arthur Walden in the early 1900s. He developed the breed for draft work and sled-dog racing. The state of New... Read more »

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is the consummate water working dog, and it shares some of its lineages with the Poodle. These water dogs’ ancestors were herding dogs from the Central Asian Steppes.... Read more »