January 26, 2016
Whether sniffing out bad guys on the force, helping people with disabilites live a fuller life, or blazing through Alaskan terrain in the Iditarod, man's best friend can be just as hard working as you are! These poplular breeds are some of the hardest working dogs you can find:
Early Eskimos relied on this breed for hunting and pulling slieghs across cold, snowy landscapes. The interdependent relationship between tribes and their dogs fostered prosperity among both and enabled them to flourish in inhospitable arctic environments. During the Klondike Gold Rush, Huskies were imported from Siberia into Alaska for use as sled dogs for settlers and prospectors. Siberian Huskies even served in the US Army's Arctic Search and Rescue Unit in World War II. Today, Huskies still compete with their mushers in the "Last Great Race", the Iditarod Trail Race coving 1,000 miles of Alaskan terrain. This year's race begins March 5th in Anchorage.
The ancestors of the first Labs were brought to Englad from Newfoundland by 2nd Earl of Malmesbury who was impressed by their skill and ability for retrieving anything in water or on shore. They were also used as hunting partners, working quiletly alongside their masters and using their excellent noses to find and retrieve game. Labs are intelligent with a good work ethic and good temperaments which makes them a favorite assistance breed in many countries. They are commonly trained as guide dogs, act as therapy dogs, and perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies.
The German Shpeherd is a relatively new breed of dog, originally developed for herding sheep. Since that time, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, they are often the preferred dogs for assistance, search and rescue, police and military roles, and even acting. German Shepherds are particularly well known for tracking ciminals, patrolling troubled areas, and detection and holding of suspects. They are also used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or traps in the military.
Even if you have a different kind of breed, you can reward your best friend after a long day of work (or play!) with a comfy Carhartt dog bed. These beds are soft, durable, and most importantly- washable! What's more, they're made by an American workwear brand you can trust.