BLACK ROCK CANINES BREEDS THE HEALTHIEST, HIGHEST-PERFORMING WORKING DOGS, RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S.A.
All of our dogs are bred to minimize the risk of congenital defects and diseases, and to maximize performance of the lineage. Our canines are born and bred in Connecticut, with full accountability and records from birth, and are all backed by our lifetime guarantee against specific congenital defects. Below are the breeds of working dogs and pets that we expect to have available in 2018.
Since 1899, the German Shepherd Dog (GSD) has been bred to improve its suitability as a working dog. Through many years of selective breeding, the German Shepherd is now known for its intelligence, loyalty, dedication, and tenacity. German Shepherd Dogs have been part of the US Military’s Working Dog program since the end of the Vietnam war. A recent article in the New York Times cited that “German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are the most common breeds of dogs used by military operators because they have the best overall combination of keen sense of smell, endurance, speed, strength, courage, intelligence, and adaptability to almost any climatic condition.”
Companion dogs of early warlords and barons, the Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds. The Vizsla's medium size is one of the breed's most appealing characteristics, Through the centuries the Vizsla has held a rare position among sporting dogs – that of household companion and family dog. The Vizsla is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an outstanding trainability. It was bred to work in field, forest, or water. While often too friendly for sentry work, Vizslas are commonly trained for detection duties.
The Malinois breed is similar to German Shepherds but smaller and more compact. The lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. When SEAL Team 6 hit bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, a Malinois was one of the first U.S. soldiers to parachute to the ground. The Secret Service also uses Malinois to patrol the White House.
The trusty and loyal Labrador retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the United States for 26 years. Originally from Newfoundland, Labs were once used by fisherman to help round up stray fish and pull in nets. Later, breeders bred them to help hunters retrieve game. The Lab's gentle, people-pleasing personality makes it excellent for therapy, search-and-rescue, and families.
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. The breed’s friendly, tolerant attitude makes him a fabulous family pet, and his intelligence makes him a highly capable working dog. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters, tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. They’re also natural athletes, and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience.
It’s not surprising that the Labradoodle has gained such popularity so quickly. Originally developed to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The result was a smart and sociable dog who not only possessed a nature appropriate for guide dogs but also had a low-shedding coat.
The Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed resulting from breeding two of the smartest, most engaging dogs in the world, a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. The Goldendoodle is an excellent cross breed that is growing in popularity due not only to their beautiful looks, but also because of their intuition, compassion, and intelligence, making them the preferred choice of many families around the world.
The Bernedoodle is a companion dog that has inherited the intelligence of its Poodle parents and the charming, playful temperament of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernedoodles are happiest when they're spending time with their families, children included. This hybrid tends to have fewer health problems than purebred Poodles or Bernese Mountain Dogs, while maintaining the hypoallergenic characteristics of the Poodle.