Willful Working Dogs

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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Huge and abundantly wrinkled, mighty Neapolitan mastiffs can be sweet, loyal companions requiring little exercise. Learn more about living with Neapolitan mastiffs.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, black, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful
Greater Swiss mountain dogs are extra-large pups who often top 100 pounds. Their energetic, outgoing, and friendly nature makes Swissies excellent family dogs.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof, protective
Giant schnauzers are loyal, intelligent, and hard-working dogs who are great companions for those willing to train this high-energy breed. Here's hoping you have the time for long walks and playtime in the yard.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
The cane corso is a large, dignified Italian dog breed that's extremely loyal and excels at working tasks. Learn more about living with the cane corso.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Dogues de Bordeaux are known for their massive proportions—and that applies to the big hearts they have for their owners, too. Learn more about what it takes to care for these sweet, drooly giants.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • patterns: bicolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Great Pyrenees are smart and serious dogs that enjoy lots of space and make excellent family pets. Learn more about living with Great Pyrenees.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Samoyeds are so pretty and cheerful, it’s easy to think they’re lazy lap pooches who don’t want to muss up their stunning white coats. But learn why this loyal, clever, and impish work dog lives best with outgoing, athletic people.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: willful, aloof
Tibetan mastiffs are smart, strong-willed, and independent dogs who switch between obedient and willful depending on their mood. Learn more about living with the Tibetan mastiff.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, prone to health issues, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Muscular, athletic boxers are fun, cuddly, loyal dogs that love being part of an active family. They thrive in social environments and can be ideal companions. Learn whether these playful pups are the right fit for your lifestyle.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, black, gray, blue, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: sable, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Loyal, intelligent, cuddly, and more than a little sassy, Alaskan malamutes apply a dedicated work ethic to everything they do—even playtime! If you’re eager to have one, learn more about their unique personality and needs.  
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
Standard schnauzers are loyal, active dogs often referred to as “the dog with the human brain.” Learn more about living with these clever pups.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Komondors are intelligent, affectionate dogs with a unique corded hairstyle. Bred to guard livestock, these working dogs are rare in the U.S.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, red
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, friendly, aloof, gentle
German pinschers are highly intelligent, energetic dogs who make great companions for experienced owners. Learn more about living with this working breed.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, tolerates being alone, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof
Impressive in both size and beauty, the Kuvasz is a hard-working, endlessly loyal breed that thrives under the guidance of an experienced and devoted pet parent.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, black, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, sable
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Always alert and raring to go, Siberian huskies are energetic, fun-loving, and friendly dogs. Learn why they’re eager to take on all your adventures as welcome additions to an active family lifestyle.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, liver and tan, black and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof
Known as a national treasure in Japan, Akitas have wooed American dog-lovers with their loyalty, watchfulness, and graceful strength. Learn more about living with the Akita.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
With a courageous history as hunters, the Dogo Argentinos of today are friendly and playful pets. They’re loyal, independent, high-energy dogs that rely on their human companions for support and guidance. Learn how these sporting dogs respond to family life.