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6 Police Dog Breeds That Aid In Investigation

These days, police canines help out with everything from patrolling and apprehending offenders to helping in search and rescue operations and detecting contraband like drugs, firearms, and bombs.

The German Shepherd is the breed most commonly associated with law enforcement. German Shepherds are at the top of practically every list of K9 dog breeds, and you've probably seen them in airports.

German Shepherds

The great intelligence, fierce loyalty, and boundless activity of these slim, strong herding dogs make them a top choice for police work. When choosing a canine companion, "you want canines that go go go continuously and live to work"

Belgian Malinois

The American Kennel Club places Dutch shepherds at the top of the list for most energetic dog breeds; they were initially developed for use on farms. One of the most common breeds of police dogs today, they are prized for their devotion, intelligence.

Dutch Shepherds

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of police dog because of their pleasant and social nature, as well as their intellect and eagerness to work. Training in labs is mainly focused on detection tasks.

Labrador Retrievers

Because of their intelligence, boundless energy, and eagerness to please, GSPs are frequently tasked with the same detecting and tracking tasks as laboratories. "We love them because they have the drive and the inherent urge to hunt and work,"

German Short-Haired Pointers

While canines in general have an exceptional nose, Bloodhounds have earned renown for their dogged and expert sniffing. Trackers like these are invaluable to law enforcement in their efforts to find missing persons and apprehend fugitives.


Bloodhounds are well-suited to the search for missing children because they are friendly-looking despite their droopy faces, wrinkled brows, and tendency for stringy drool.

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