A versatile hunter known for its scenting power and intelligence, the German Shorthaired Pointer is enthusiastic about work and makes a loyal family watchdog, said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.
A lovable house pet and competitor in many dog sports including herding and obedience, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi thrives in the country because of their skills as a cattle driver and all-purpose farm dog.
Known as the workaholic of the dog world, according to Peterson, the Border Collie is the world’s premier sheep herder with extraordinary instinct and working ability. Due to their herding tendencies,
The Bluetick Coonhound is known for its skill in trailing and treeing raccoons and other small game in forests and surrounding countryside, Peterson said. They can stay on the most intricate of tracks.
A breed that also “lives” for its job, according to Peterson, Australian Shepherds are known for herding livestock and working as an all-purpose farm and ranch dog.
Australian Cattle Dogs are ready to work all day and love wide-open spaces in which to do so. They’re high-energy, intelligent dogs that excel in herding, obedience or agility training.
A true foxhunter, the Parson Russell Terrier can also be found working in stables across the country, Peterson said. They’re alert, confident and possess a great deal of strength and endurance.
A powerful dog first bred for their herding and guarding instincts by breeders in Germany, Rottweilers make suitable police dogs, herders, service dogs, obedience competitors and devoted family companions.
Dalmatians have worn a variety of hats throughout their history including war dog, draft dog, shepherd, firehouse mascot, bird dog, trail hound and retriever.
No list of country dogs would be complete without one of America’s most beloved breeds — the Labrador Retriever. Bred primarily to perform as a game retriever,