Working Dogs – Standard Poodle – Slovenia 2021.

STANDARD POODLE – Assistance dog

The Standard Poodle is an old breed that has been known in Europe for around 400 years. It was originally used to retrieve game from water – and as a circus dog. Today they are usually companion dogs. They also do well in dog sports and are gaining increasing recognition as assistance dogs.

An assistance dog is specially trained to aid or assist an individual with a disability. They can often be identified by the words “assistance dog” or “service dog” on their harness or vest. A dog trained as a guide dog for the blind acts as an ever-present companion and faithful friend that contributes significantly to improving a blind person’s quality of life.

A Set of Stamps was issued by Slovenia on Working Dogs on 24 Sep 2021 . Standard Poodle is an assistance dog and a 1.33 Euro stamp was issued with a print run of 35,000. 1.46Euro stamp was issued by Slovenia featuring a Japanese Spitz. The Print run was 35,000. Slovenia issued a 1.69 Euro stamp on German Shepherd Dog on 24 Sep 2021 with a print run of 35,000.

JAPANESE SPITZ – Therapy dog

Breeding of the Japanese Spitz (Nihon Supittsu) began at the end of the nineteenth century at the behest of the Japanese imperial government. Experts believe that the Japanese Spitz is the result of crossing various Spitz breeds: the German White Spitz, the Samoyed, the Russian Spitz and the American Eskimo Dog. In view of the breed’s excellent character, the Japanese government actively encouraged its breeding in the years following the First World War. Its attractiveness and friendliness provided consolation and eased the depression of many who had lost family and property in the war. This is how the Japanese Spitz began its career as a therapy dog.

GERMAN SHEPHERD – Working dog

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds of working dogs. The breed has been known in Germany since the seventeenth century and deliberate breeding began some time after 1880. The breed standard was defined in 1899. The German Shepherd was originally intended to be used to protect livestock and property. During the First World War, German Shepherds proved their versatility and began to be used throughout Europe as police dogs and rescue dogs. The breed’s main advantage is that it is exceptionally receptive to training.

The German Shepherd is a highly intelligent dog. With proper upbringing, it develops into a well-balanced and reliable friend and a loyal and obedient companion for life. It is a very active dog, both mentally and physically, and needs a lot of exercise and attention from its owner. It is one of the world’s most popular dogs.