Police Dogs: Breeds
Currently in the UK the majority of police dogs are the familar German Shepherd (GSD). This breed are, in the main, used for “general purpose” work, on regular patrol, because of their all round skill set. Other dogs, such as Spaniels and Labradors, are used for more specialist work such as drug or explosive detection work.
Despite the popularity of German Shepherds within the police, they are not without their problems, and the police have difficulty in sourcing good quality, working lines. For this reason police units are often trialing different breeds, such as the Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd and Rottweiller, with mixed results.
Future articles will look at the breeds used within the UK and their relative effectiveness. Whatever breed you work, the philosophy and training advocated by positive police dogs will ensure you get the best from your dog and, just as importantly, that your dog gets the best of you.