A working dog is a dog that is regularly used for a specific task, such as a drug detection dog or guide dog . In a broader sense, this is the colloquial term for all dog breeds for which the intended use plays a major role in their breeding criteria. This is the case for many hunting dog breeds , for example .
The terms working dog and working dog are used in parallel depending on the view. In a definition of the working dog, which was presented at a judges' meeting of the FCI, it says: "The working dog is a productive working dog."
Working dogs within the meaning of the FCI are all dogs belonging to breeds for which a working trial is intended. This is recorded in the respective breed standard . There are various working tests such as the working dog test , rescue dog test and hunting test. For breeds for which a working trial is planned, this is a condition for the award of an International Beauty Championship .
- Günther Diegel: The international examination system for working dogs. Basis: FCI PO 2019. Notes and explanations. Lecture at the FCI IGP Judges' Seminar 2018, Nova Gorica, Slovenia, published on the FCI website. Retrieved on December 9, 2018 (Pptx document; 8.3 MB, Powerpoint presentation)
- Title of an International Working Champion (CIT) of the FCI for breeds for which a working test is required according to the breed nomenclature of the FCI. In: Regulations for the international championship of the FCI (PDF; 728 kB)
- Regulations for the international championship of the FCI (PDF; 728 kB)