Although in early America, they were considered working dogs rather than "pets". They were kept and bred as hunting and guard dogs.
The first dogs to come to America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower were the Mastiff, as a loyal, 200+ pound watchdog and the English Springer Spaniel, for their great rabbit and game-bird hunting skills.
This is understandable since the powerful Mastiff was an ideal protector against wolves and other predators and the English Springer Spaniel helped the Pilgrims put food on the table.
This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks to all the wonderful pets, from large to small, who enrich our lives every day. Enjoy our video and have a Happy Thanksgiving!