The four dog breeds best suited for service

Human interaction with the canine species goes back a long way; so long in fact that the earliest origin of the domestic dog species is unclear.

More recently, through selective breeding, the dog species has evolved and diversified into hundreds of vibrant species possessing more unique behavioural characteristics than any other land animal.

Most of the common canine breeds we are familiar with have only existed for a few hundred years, with some of these breeds playing a key role within the British, German and American military forces.

Dogs have also assisted law enforcement agencies for over 100 years. It was in continental Europe that dogs were first officially used for police assistance. Police forces in Paris first started using dogs to combat a growing movement of criminal gangs operating at night. Not long after this, a police department in Belgium introduced the first organised police dog service program.

Dogs now play a vital role within police and defence operations around the world. In the US and here in Australia, a growing police dog force presence is considered a vital part of many departments. From the wide and vibrant range of dog breeds that now exist, there are some that are well recognised for their presence in law enforcement.

The four dog breeds best suited for service


The Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd originates from farm lands in the Netherlands. Its original duties included guarding and herding large flocks of sheep. While the intelligent breed was traditionally indispensable to farmers, playing a jack of all trades, it has since been found in police work and as a valuable and friendly family member. Even though it is a friendly dog toward people it knows, the Dutch Shepherd is dominant and effective at deterring unfamiliar strangers.


The Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois or Belgian Shepherd Dog has also been used prominently as a working dog for detection of a range of dangerous substances including narcotics and explosives, as well as arson investigation and a range of tracking and police work.



Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is one of many kinds of retriever. The Labrador Retriever is probably best
known for its well-tempered behaviours and comfortability around children and the elderly. Labradors are athletic and playful and have frequently assisted in detection and tracking work.



German Shepherd

Perhaps the most common breed within the police force industry. In fact, German Shepherds are the preferred choice within many police forces as they possess the desired characteristics of strength, intelligence and obedience.


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