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Military Breed: Belgian Malinois

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Meet our next handsome military dog breed who also reigns from Europe! The Belgian Malinois is an extrmeley popular working dog used by the military as well. Don’t confuse its looks with its distant cousin the German Shepherd, this dog Is highly skilled and makes a good working animal.

Description: The Belgian Malinois shares a similar structure to the German Sheperd and has a body that is often described as square. They are similar in side and have a weather resistant double coat which is short and straight. Their coat colours range from a rich fawn red, mahogany and black.

History: The Belgian Malinois is one of Belgians four sheepdogs. They are accustomed to an active outdoor life style which allows them to exert their intelligence. Although this breed is rare in the USA, they are popularly used as frontline dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are versatile and are used not only for police work. They are also used for narcotic and bomb detection, protection and Schutzhund, search and rescues and even being assistant to the disabled.

Personality: A smart and obedient dog , the Belgian Malinois has a strong and protective territorial instinct. They need strong leadership from a companion who needs to display a natural authority over the dog. This breed can be trained easily and is socialised very well if gained from a young age. They are known to be watchful, alert and highly loyal. Along with daily exercise they need high energy workouts to keep up with their high mental capacity.
These dogs can be dominant around other dogs and need strong communication to ensure dominance in the relationship, and need a very experienced owner to control. They will sometime display herding behaviours such as chasing and circling.

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Military Breed: German Shepherd

Chosen for their speed, endurance, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any working climate, the German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breed used in working animals. The German Shepherd isĀ also know for their fierce loyalty and their ability to have hear noises from miles away before humans can.

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History:
Reigning from Karlsruhe, Germany, Captian Max Von Stephanitz is believed to have produced one of the most responsive and obedient dogs in history. They are often used a police dogs all over the world and have gained attention through movies such as Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart.

Description: A strong and well proportioned muscular dog. The front legs and shoulders are of muscular built and their thighs are thick and sturdy and agile enough to run at high speeds. German Shepherd Dog come in three varieties: double coat, plush coat and longhaired coat.

Personality:
German Shepherds are known to be courageous, keen, alert and fearless when exposed to different situations. They are very cheerful and are eager too learn new tricks and skills. Whilst being an agile dog they also have a tranquil side which expresses their confidence and inner intelligence. German Shepherds are extremely faithful and will not think twice about giving up their life for their owners.
They are close to the ones around them and are very cautious around strangers, this is a mandatory skill in the military as they have a strong protective instant. They are believed to be one of the most smartest and trainable dog breeds.

The army has a strict training policy surrounding these MWD, who go through almost 16 hours of training every month covering areas from detection and patrolling. It is important that these K9 heroes are maintaining a proficiency of detection from 90-95%. Each handler will be assigned their working dog after it has successfully been trained to allow easy adaption into the team. The dog will be able to learn even more skills with its partner and build strong rapport with the animal.

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