What breed are military working dogs?

Asked By: Quentin Williamson
Date created: Thu, Mar 11, 2021 10:10 AM
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When It Comes to Military Dogs, These 5 Breeds Are Military

  • Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkshire Terrier. Photography courtesy Zoey Porter and Mary Ingersoll-Ackerman.
  • Doberman Pinscher. Doberman Pinscher. Photography courtesy Rich Knecht photography.
  • Bully Breeds. Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
  • German Shepherd Dog. German Shepherd Dog.
  • Boxer. Boxer.
Answered By: Raquel Zieme
Date created: Fri, Mar 12, 2021 12:13 PM

A working dog is a canine working animal, i.e., a type of dog that is not merely a pet but learns and performs tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions, or a breed of such origin.

In Australia and New Zealand, a working dog is one which has been trained to work livestock, irrespective of its breeding.


There are about 2500 dogs in active service today and about 700 deployed overseas.


As a result, many working breeds are sought after as family pets.

For search and rescue work, typical breeds seen in the field include Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, German Shepherd Dogs and certain members of the hound group.


232 military working dogs and 295 US servicemen working as dog handlers were killed in action during the war.


When we think about military dogs, muscular German Shepherds tend to come to mind.

But several different breeds have shown patriotic heroism over the years.

Many branches use the highly trainable Labrador Retriever.

The elite US Navy SEALS use the Belgian Malinois, a breed similar to the German Shepherd, but smaller.

German shepherds and retrievers are commonly used, but the Belgian Malinois has proven to be one of the most outstanding working dogs used in military service.

Pit Bulls, aka The American Pit Bull Terrier are perfectly designed for working.

Not to mention they are versatile and can adapt to almost every form of work available for working dogs today.

A few jobs Pit Bulls excel at are: Drug Detection.

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