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First Posted: Jan 10, 2010
Oct 29, 2011

Horses and Dogs That Have Worked Together Through History

by Debora Johnson

American Kennel Club This is an outstanding web site which contains complete information on over 150 breeds.) This information is easy to access and is listed by: Breed List alphabeticcally by name, breeds by group i.e., sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, miscellaneous classes, and a complete breed list. Also FSS breeds (Foundations Stock Service Breeds) are included in this list. Images of the breeds accompany each breed of dog as well as a information write-up about each breed.

Dalmations and Horses Make sure to turn your speakers off. This site has loud music when you come to the site. It is, however, an excellent accounting of the "fire dogs" and their history with the horse. "Today the Dalmatian serves as a fire house mascot, but back in the days of horse drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service. Dalmatians and horses are very compatible, so the dogs were easily trained to run in front of the engines to help clear a path and guide the horses and the firefighters to the fires quickly. They are still chosen by many fire fighters as pets in honor of their heroism in the past..." The following link will continue this quote about the Dalmation's role with horses.

Jack Russell Terriers and fox hunting have been linked in history for years. "Hunting Parson," Rev. Jack Russell.

Hunting breeds have worked well with horses through the ages. These breeds include retrievers, pointers,    and spaniels.

Field trials and Field Trials/Dogs and Horses are two links that give lots of information about this sport.

Stock dogs have worked with horses throught the ages. Basically, there are two types of stock dogs: guardians and herders.

Guardians are the larger breeds such as Akbash, Anatolian Shepherd Great Pyrenees, Kangal, Komondor, Kuvasz, and Maremma, .

Herding breeds include Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dogs (aka Queensland Heeler), Australian Shepherd, Belgian Malinoi, Bouviers des Flandres, Briard, Canaan Dog, Collie, English Shepherd, German Shepherd, Kelpie, McNab, Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Old English Sheepdog, Puli, Tervuren and Sheepdog.

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