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Dogs are not only great pets, they also help protect us.
Police departments across the country train dogs to help with various aspects of law enforcement. As a result, certain races have been identified as being highly qualified for police work in K-9 units.
While this is great for police departments and officers who work with these dogs, it’s also good news for families across the country, as many of these breeds make excellent family pets.
A new report details the 10 best dog breeds for police work, according to news outlet The Scotsman. These breeds are all intelligent, devoted to their owners, and respond quickly to a wide variety of commands.
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One of the breeds most associated with police work is the German Shepherd. These dogs are known for both their strength and their ability to detect specific objects. The Belgian Malinois resembles the German Shepherd, although it is a bit smaller. What they lack in size they make up for in speed and would be good at hunting down suspects. They are also good at detecting bombs and other explosive devices.
In Germany, boxers are popular among police units and even in the army. This breed was used as a guard and messenger dog during both World Wars.
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Labrador Retrievers are friendly dogs who, as their name suggests, are very good at retrieving items for their owners. While they were originally popular with hunters who used them to track downed birds, they are also popular with drug and bomb detection units.
Another common police dog is the Dobermann. An intimidating-looking dog, this breed is known for its strength, speed, and loyalty.
Of course, Bloodhounds belong on any K-9 breed list. These dogs may not be as intimidating as the Dobermann, but they are very good at following scent trails. They are commonly used to track missing persons or suspects.
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In Europe, many police departments use a breed called Bouvier des Flandres, which is known to be both very intelligent and very brave. Giant Schnauzers can have naturally aggressive natures, but they are also very dedicated and known to refuse to give up on a task until it is completed.
A new addition to the K-9 list, Staffordshire bull terriers are confident, athletic, quick, and good at detecting and patrolling.
Finally, a somewhat obscure breed known as the briard is popular with search and rescue teams.