Some of the working dogs are Beagles involved with customs, looking for the food being smuggled into New Zealand...
Or, search and rescue dogs that came in all shapes and sizes.
These are trained rubble searching dogs...they look for people under the rubble - great after earthquakes, and bombs....
and check out the video on this page:
You can see more at the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Web site
and read about their origins... often rescued from death row... here
I think they do an amazing job - and there is more about them here :)
One of our students breeds Hungarian Viszlas, which is a breed I only met for the first time when another student had one ten years ago, "Roy" . His owner still sends me pictures of him, although he is a much older boy now... and he helps with Outreach Therapy. You can read about another dog, Honey, that does this and has her own page here .
This is a Viszla, "Reef":
or check out their website
you can see more photos of Viszlas here
Many dogs are bred for their looks, and hopefully for their good temperament. One breed that takes a lot of care as a puppy, because of it's size, is the Neopolitan Mastiff.
We have a breeder of these in Christchurch, well actually Rangiora, slightly north of the city, and you can see their webpage here.
What caught my eye about these, apart from their size, is the way they move. I just had to share these with you :)
Something in the way he moves..............
Have a great day:)