Popular dog breeds used by police forces around the globe

By K9 Patrol 09/12/13, Posted in Latest News, Uncategorised

Dogs that work hard to maintain law and order


K9 Patrol specialises in security dog services, we have guard dogs, detection dogs and work closely with South Yorkshire Police at their official training grounds in Sheffield. We have an active interest in the dogs the police force trains so we took a look at popular breeds that are called into service around the globe.

  • German Shepherd: It’s no wonder the German Shepherd is so widely utilised by police forces, this is the most popular breed of working dog due to their size, intelligence and level of bravery. We’ve trained quite a few German Shepherds over the years and we love working with these faithful animals.
  • Belgian Malinois: Originally used for livestock herding, the Belgian Malinois is a medium sized dog that has a striking resemblance to an Alsation. Used in Germany, America and by the armed forces, the Malinois makes a highly effective working dog that can be used for detection, protection or search and rescue purposes.
  • Bloodhound: Mainly used to track humans and criminals on the run, the Bloodhound has an amazing sense of smell. If you want to track a criminal that’s hiding out in woodlands use a Bloodhound and it won’t be long until you find your target.
  • English Cocker Spaniel: Cute as you like and great to use as a working dog for the detection of illegal substances. Spaniels are known for their high levels of energy so it doesn’t matter how much work they have to do, they just see it as fun!   
  • Labrador: A family favourite to keep as a pet but Labs are just as happy to put a stint in at work as well. They’re better suited to detection work due to their easy going nature so we don’t tend to use them as guard dogs because they’d just lick a criminal to death.


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