The Working Group Dog Club of Alaska is an American Kennel Club affiliated club, made up of people who have a passion for one or many breeds in the Working Group. These are the breeds found in the Working Group today:
Akita Alaskan Malamute Anatolian Shepherd Dog Bernese Mt Dog
Black Russian Terrier Boerboel Boxer Bullmastiff
Cane Corso Chinook Doberman Pinscher Dogue de Bordeaux
German Pinscher Giant Schnauzer Great Dane Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mt Dog Komondor Kuvasz Leonberger
Mastiff Neapolitan Mastiff Newfoundland Portuguese Water Dog
Rottweiler Samoyed Siberian Husky Standard Schnauzer
Tibetan Mastiff St Bernard
Dogs in the Working Group were bred to perform jobs to help people. For example, the Rottweiler and the Great Pyrenees are guard dogs. The Bernese Mountain Dog pulls a cart; the Alaskan Malamute pulls a sledge; the Siberian Husky pulls a sled.
The purpose of the club is to protect and preserve the nature of the pure-bred working dog. We do this by adhering to the Breed Standards, which are written descriptions of each breed. The Standard lays out each aspect of a breed: the way each body part looks and works as well as the breed temperament, or how a dog should behave. We hold dog shows where the purpose of the judging is to find the dog that best represents the words of the standard.
We also do as much genetic testing as is available to ensure we breed healthy puppies. Healthy puppies can perform the job duties the breed standard calls upon the dogs to do.
If you’re interested in more information, please join us at one of our monthly meetings. We meet the second Thursday of each month, except July, at Bella Vista’s restaurant, 20908 Bill Stephens Dr., Chugiak. Or come to our shows! We hold shows on Labor Day weekend at the CBA (Chugiak Benefit
Association) field in Chugiak, 18606 Old Glenn Hwy. Obedience and Rally events are held on Saturday, with Conformation held on Sunday and Monday.