Dog Information Centre » Working dogs
A working dog refers to a dog that helps or assists people on a regular basis. The dog has been specifically breed and trained to be competent in the work it is asked to do.
Most dogs are now just family pets but almost all dogs have been breed for a specific reason or to do a specific job. These jobs have a very wide range, some examples are security, retrieval, herding, assisting disabled people, hunting, pulling, the list goes on.
Many of our best loved breeds have been developed to help man. Typical examples of working dogs are :-
Certain types of working dogs can have their tails legally docked; this is to do with the nature of the work they undertake. The following dogs - spaniel, terrier, hunt point retrieve breed or their crosses can be legally docked providing certain guide lines are followed. For more information please click the link to DEFRA's website.