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Rescue Breeds

Search and Rescue DogsIn common with other working dogs, those breeds that have become known as rescue breeds, such as the famous alpine hero, the St Bernard, and the powerful water rescue dogs, the Newfoundland and Leonberger, would originally have been used for other purposes, such as guarding or pulling heavy loads. 

At the turn of the 18th century, the monks of St. Bernard pass were regularly training St. Bernards, originally used as guard dogs, to rescue travelers who were lost in the pass. 

The Newfoundland is another lifesaver, originally bred to work alongside fishermen and haul nets from the water, it has in more recent times excelled at water rescue, aided by it's webbed feet, powerful build, stamina and thick oily insulating coat.

The Leonberger, remaining true to it's Newfoundland roots is another capable water rescue dog.

Like all large, powerful dogs, early socialisation, careful management and sensible patient training from an early age is a must.