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We may have the strength, the brains and all types of weapons to hunt down criminals and maintain order, but that’s not enough. We lack instincts, tracking, and sniffing ability. Loyalty is also an issue for some people, even those in the trained forces. This is where dogs come in. They are loyal, strong, and very good at tracking and sniffing, you could never go wrong with dogs. Dogs are being used in a lot of departments these days, but one of the most common is the Police department. They’re usually in the K-9 dog unit.

Their tracking ability makes them well suited for tracking criminals and also in search and rescue missions. Their sniffing ability makes them suitable for drug-sniffing, their loyalty and strength make them fit as protection dogs. However, these traits vary depending on the dog breed. Some dogs are better than others when it comes to sniffing, tracking, protecting and training. If a dog doesn’t take commands easily, he’s not fit for police service. The following is a list of the best dogs that are already in service in the police department.


I think the German Shepherd is one of the most famous dogs associated with Police service. They are some of the best in training and following instructions. The police and Military use them for detection, patrolling, and tracking criminals. The German Shepherd is also used by the military for warning in case of an enemy, sensing booby traps and even participating in anti-tank missions.  They also participate in search and rescue missions. They are very loyal and easy to train.


Rottweillers are known to be herding dogs; their strength is their gathering style and ability to deal with stubborn animals.  They are known to develop affection with someone or an animal after staying with them for some time. This means they will readily protect their handler and intimidate a stranger, making them perfect for police service. They are very obedient, devoted to their job and have a certain level of temper. They are also known to be fearless and always alert of their surroundings.


Beagle has been known for hunting hare, aided by its strong sense of smell.  This makes them a perfect candidate for sniffing dogs. Nowadays, they are used to sniff for drugs or other illegal substances that they are trained for. They are more specialized on ground-based searching and it doesn’t take them very long to find an object. This sniffing and tracking ability makes them fit for some search and rescue missions that don’t involve following an air scent, they are poor at following air scents. However, they’re overall obedient and even-tempered; good characteristics of a police dog.


The Blood Hound had been originally trained for hunting animals such as the deer, boars even tracking people. Nowadays it’s considered as the best scent dogs. This dog has the ability to isolate an individual’s scent, even though it has stayed for days. In addition to the scent, this dog also has great tracking instincts making it the ideal dog for searching escaped prisoners, lost pets and missing people.


The Doberman Pinscher, commonly nicknamed as Dobie, is more of an athletic dog used to hunt don criminals. This dog is known to be very intelligent, loyal, and a little aggressive to strangers. They are also very loyal, intelligent and alert. They are mainly trained to chase down a criminal and hold him down until the handler comes or police officer comes. Being strong, intelligent and a little stubborn gives them some power over the criminal.


You could consider this as a soft dog since it is used as a therapy dog, aid to the blind and to people with autism. However, this dog has been used for hunting and when trained properly, it can help the Police in sniffing narcotics and other illegal substances. Besides having a great sense of smell, they are also very obedient, loyal and fearless.


Dogs definitely have a skill set that we humans don’t possess. Some can follow ground-based scents, others can follow air scents, and others are very strong to hold down criminals. These strengths vary depending on the breed type. Above all, they are also very loyal, fearless and devoted.



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