Top K9 Dog breeds!
Top K-9 Dog Breeds
Not just any dog can be a K-9 officer, and particular breeds are better suited for the role than others. Read on for the top K-9 dog breeds in the new Classified K-9 Unit series and what makes each of them the perfect partner!
- Labrador Retriever
In Guardian, a chocolate Labrador retriever is used for water search and rescue because of several factors that make them ideal for this special work. They have short, thick, dense and water-resistant coats. They have webbed feet that act as propellers, making them strong swimmers, and their otter like tails act like a rudder. These dogs have a keen sense of smell that can detect odors rising to the surface of the water or left along the edges of water sources.
—Terri Reed, author of Guardian
- English Foxhound
Thunder is the K-9 officer in the second book of the Classified K-9 Unit, Sheriff. Thunder is an English foxhound whose specialty is
the ability to track by scent. This breed makes a great K-9 officer in situations where they must find evidence or track criminals, and Thunder excels at both of these skills. Watching these K-9 officers in action is very impressive!
The K-9 in my book is a rottweiler named Opal. This breed needs socialization and serious training to be the best worker as well as a great family friend and protector. The rotties I have met personally have been loving and sweet—just don’t tell the bad guys!
—Valerie Hansen, author of Special Agent
- German Shepherd
In Bounty Hunter, my heroine, Harper, had a K-9 German shepherd partner named Star. German shepherds make great K-9 dogs because they’re naturally loyal, courageous, love to work, are extremely intelligent and relatively easy to train.
—Lynette Eason, author of Bounty Hunter
- Belgian Malinois
The K-9 in Bodyguard is a Belgian Malinois. Malinois are in high demand as K-9 partners because of their keen intellect and eagerness to work. They are quick learners, have amazing stamina and are extremely loyal to their handlers. It is not surprising that they are often used in protection and guard detail.
—Shirlee McCoy, author of Bodyguard
- Australian Shepherd
The Australian shepherd, related to border collies and Shetland sheep dogs, is a medium-sized dog with marbled fur that can range in color from tan and brown to gray and black. They are very loyal and easily trainable, thus making them good candidates to become K-9 officer dogs. A little known fact: this breed developed in the western United States, not Australia, in the 19th century. This new breed of dogs worked well herding sheep and cattle in the Rocky Mountains and plains of the West.
Do you think your dog would make a good K-9 officer?