Claimed by some to be the most expensive breed, these massive, bear-like pups arose in the Himalayan foothills and remains much like its ancestors because of the isolation and resulting inbreeding. Utilized for herding and guarding by royalty and monasteries, their rarity has made them sought-after in the show and unique pet circles.
Native to Iceland, these doggos arrived via Viking ships during the 9th Century. Sturdy and strong, they are chiefly herders by occupation, having served the people of this cold and sometimes unforgiving nation for many centuries. Excellent companions for solitary sheep- and goat-herders, they also help to keep their humans warm when needed.
Originating in France, these elegant giants make great watch dogs because of their seemingly innate ability to suss out the trustworthiness of humans and other dogs. Calm and serene, these pups will guard their territories and homes against wildlife and other dangers. Their thick coats, while requiring regular care, protects them from the cold and the teeth of attackers.