Many Shetland Sheepdogs today are simply well-loved pets. However, their trainability makes them the Border Collies of the small-dog world.
The Rottweiler retains his historic versatility. Thanks to his great work ethic, he will readily learn to carry out any meaningful task.
The Redbone Coonhound is first and foremost a hunting dog, known primarily for treeing raccoons, either for fur or for competition.
The Pointer ranks only 117th in AKC registration statistics, partly because it has never been popular as a family pet. But where bird hunters can be found, the Pointer can also be found.
The Old English Sheepdog is generally regarded as a pet and show dog today, but it has retained its herding instinct and can still work.
The Labrador Retriever reached the very top position in AKC registration statistics in 1991, and has remained there ever since.
The Kuvasz is known primarily as a livestock guardian dog, protecting sheep from predators. However, he can also serve as a farm watchdog or personal protector.
The Komondor is first and foremost a guard dog. The instinct to protect is so deeply ingrained in this breed that there is no division between show and working types.
Not only can this feisty terrier rid the barn of rodents and other vermin, he will happily sound the alert when anything is amiss.
Few dogs are as energetic and enthusiastic as the Irish Setter. He throws himself wholeheartedly into whatever he does, whether work or play.