10 most useful breeds of loving working dog

including the adorable Labrador Retriever 🐶

1. Bloodhound

They may only have one job, but Bloodhounds are superb at it.

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They are one of nature's best trackers and are so good at finding people and things that in some countries their evidence is admissible in court.

2. Labrador Retriever

The UK's favourite dog is more than just a pretty face

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Originally used by hunters to retrieve game, Labradors still carry out this task as gun dogs, but are also popular as service dogs, guide dogs and hearing dogs.

3. German Shepherd

It would perhaps be quicker to list the jobs a German Shepherd can't do

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They are the ultimate in working dog, used by the army and police, as therapy dogs, in airports to sniff out drugs, as guard dogs, for personal protection, and numerous other tasks.

4. Rottweiler

Perhaps the ultimate guard dog, the Rottweiler has been used for this purpose since ancient Rome

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But isn't a one trick pony. This breed also make wonderful customs, military and police dogs - while they have a softer side perfect for a therapy dog.

5. Belgian Malinois

One of the world's best search and resue dogs.

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hey are also very agile and can turn their paw to the canine sport of flyball.

6. Saint Bernard

Still used as a mountain rescue dog

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Originally bred for the work by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border.

The barrel of brandy around their neck may be apocryphal, but their legendary endurance is not.

7. Border Collie

A sheep herding machine

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In fact, it'll herd pretty much anything, including children, making it a great family dog.

8. Siberian Husky

They are still used today by adventurers to pull sleds of supplies

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Another dog bred to carry out one particular task very well, Siberian Huskies are still used today by adventurers to pull sleds of supplies for miles over inhospitable frozen tundra.

9. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever's winning personality makes for a perfect companion for the disabled

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as well as for therapy dog work.

10. Giant Schnauzer

Equally at home as a guard dog, a search and rescue dog, a police dog or a herding dog

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In Europe they are also used as cart dogs, pulling along supplies or even people.

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