5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

We have talked about the role that different dogs have played in warfare. Different breeds of dogs have different strengths, and such strengths are invaluable in the battlefield. The complement the strength, tactical acumen and intelligence of humans.

While dogs have certain general characteristics such as an enhanced olfactory sense and loyalty, specific breeds offer more advantages in warfare. Strength, stamina and determination are some among such advantages. Let us look at different breeds that are used nowadays.

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois - 5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

As the most preferred service dog, the Belgian Malinois is strong, fast and muscular. It possesses amazing levels of physical fitness and strength. As a result, it is often used by police forces and the military. They are dark in color and can grow up to 26 inches in height.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are kind of scary looking. It is a great trait to have for a war dog. They have been famously called butcher dogs as they used to transport meat laden carts. They are used in different missions such as search & rescue, security and police operations. In addition to being extremely disciplined and loyal, they can be dangerous when unleashed against enemies and hostiles.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever - 5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

You many think, but a Labrador is too cute and playful.. it can’t be aggressive! It is partly true. But their enhanced olfactory sense compared to other breeds makes them a perfect companion for search & rescue missions. You will often see Labradors with bomb squads. Interesting enough, the Labrador hasn’t always been simply a playful breed. During old times, they used to be a fisherman’s best friend, hauling ropes and fishing nets. They are also physically imposing and strong.

German Shephard

The most famous police dog, perhaps. The German Shephard is one of the most majestic looking canine breeds. The Shephard is confident and extremely courageous. It never shirks back in response to fear or danger. Sometimes it can even be reckless during battle. They are also smarter than the average breed, allowing them to learn many types of commands with relative ease.

Dalmatian

Dalmatian - 5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

The last dog in this list, the Dalmatian is the official fire force dog. Although it is quite rare to see one on the field nowadays, they have a rich tradition as a fireman’s loyal partner. They used to run out of a building and attract attention of passersby with their loud barking, to signal that there is a fire. Ask any fireman, and they love Dalmatians!

There are a few more breeds that are commonly used, such as Pitbull, bull dogs and huskies. Like we have said, each breed has a unique quality about it that allows for different types of missions.

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A brief history of military working dogs and their role in warfare

Dogs have been around in the Military for a long time. Humans aren’t always good at all types of tasks and activities, and have engaged dogs to do the work that they can’t. Dogs bring certain qualities due to their genetics.

Dogs in the military goes back to the time of the Pharaohs and the Ephesians. Even during those times, humans had the sense to rely on lesser creatures that had different qualities. At the time, the famed Ephesian Hounds were engaged in war, along with horsemen. Such hounds were gigantic in size and weren’t at risk of being trampled.

Later, post the birth of Christ, dogs were used in warfare by the Egyptians, Romans, Persians and so on. In fact, there is a famous story of a Roman emperor who utilized dogs using guerilla tactics. As the enemies were hiding within caves in unreachable terrains, traditional armies and horses couldn’t be used without determining the exact location. Hounds were able to sniff our enemy positions.

During the Spanish inquisitions, a different breed of dog was used in warfare – the Mastiff. The Mastiff is one of the most formidable species of dogs. Within the family, you have such breeds as terriers, mountain dogs and Pitbull, all of which are great in this application. From then on, terriers became standard part of militaries.

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It was during the two world wars that the use of dogs really became prominent. Till then, they were only sporadically used. During the first world war, dogs were utilized as mascots and for surveillance missions. There is the famous story of Stubby, who was influential in the 102nd infantry to sniff out artillery, gas and other attacks, and give the Americans a crucial advantage.

Naturally, there are tragic stories and those of human cruelty. The Soviet Union has always been known as a ruthless nation, with an army that would go to any means to achieve a mission. True to their nature, the Soviets employed dogs against Nazi Germany during the second world war. Mines were strapped to dog collars and dogs would approach enemy territory, where the mines would explore killing enemy soldiers and the dogs themselves in the process.

Even if you look at the 60s during the Vietnam War, both the Americans and Australians used dogs to sniff out the Viet Kong soldiers. Fast forward to the American invasion of Iraq and the war against Taliban in Afghanistan, and you’ll find out that dogs were employed there too for bomb sniffs.

We should appreciate the rich history and the roles our canine heroes have played in warfare. Humans may be excused for using tactics that brutally harmed the dogs, such as those of the Soviets, as a way to counteract the might of Nazi Germany. No one likes such tactics, but at the time you had to take any possible measure. We salute those that died for the good cause.

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Why the Military remains a symbol of joy and pride in every nation

The Military is always one of the proudest characteristics of a nation. In a way, it is quite ironic. As inherently peace loving creatures, humans are proudest of an organization that wages war. Quite the paradox. Why is it so?

To begin with, the military is not a war waging organization. The Military is the body that “protects” a nation. It is just a matter of perspective. Instead of thinking of them as someone who proactively seeks chaos, you think of them as people who help prevent chaos and protect people. And this is not wrong perspective.

army3 - Why the Military remains a symbol of joy and pride in every nation

In fact, the military doesn’t take decisions on its own. Governments take decisions. If the King, President or Prime Minister of a country decides on a specific course of action, the Military is sworn to obey. They are simply obedient soldiers in the war between heads of states. It is this obedience and unyielding loyalty that brings them such plaudits and fanfare.

The American Military is comprised of five branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Each unit has a different set of responsibilities and chain of command. The Army, as we know, protects the land of America, the Navy the waters and the Air Force the Air Space. These are the three main departments that people globally know of.

The Marine Corps take charge of amphibious warfare, meaning a type of warfare that involves land and waters. The Coast Guard performed maritime duty, guarding the coasts of American cities and towns. Both of them work in close conjunction with the United States Navy. Together, they protect America against all possible means and forms of attack.

army2 - Why the Military remains a symbol of joy and pride in every nation

Militaries around the world have brought great pride to their nations through victories and prevention of deadly invasions. In a world with such unknowns as terrorism, inter-country annexations and cyber warfare, the Military remains ever so important. No wonder that they are perhaps the most funded governmental organizations, along with education, health and infrastructure.

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