Cop­per’s choice: the best breeds for po­lice work

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Gen­eral-pur­pose dogs are used for all sorts of tasks, in­clud­ing track­ing (crim­i­nals or vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple), pro­tect­ing the po­lice of­fi­cer, lo­cat­ing pos­ses­sions or ev­i­dence and dis­arm­ing some­one with a weapon

● Ger­man shep­herd So­cia­ble and versatile an­i­mals that form a strong bond with their owner

● Bel­gian ma­li­nois Lighter in weight and can work to a greater age than most Ger­man shep­herds

● Dutch herder An­other for­eign im­port be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar here

Spe­cial­ist dogs are trained to search for drugs, cash, guns, bod­ies and ex­plo­sives

● English springer spaniel Prized for their will­ing­ness, in­tel­li­gence and agility

● Labrador re­triever Above-av­er­age train­abil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity

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