The German Shepherd is a historical breed, used in World Warr I, World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War. They are known for their size, intelligence, and work ethic.

Compared to German Shepherd police dogs, the second most common breed is the Belgian Malinois, imported from Europe, and similar to GSDs, but they are smaller adn more sleek. Belgian Malinois are known for their endurance, speed, intelligence, and high intensity.


1. The Greeks, Persians, Babylonians, and Assyrians were the first people to use police dogs

2. Police Dogs were first used in New York City in 1907

3. German Shepherds were the first police dogs

4. A police dogs career lasts for about six to eight years

5. K9 Officers can differentiate between identical twins

6. A K9 dog’s sense of smell is at least 10,000 times stronger than ours

7. Police Dogs noses can smell up to 12 feel underground

8. K9 Officers can find an area four times faster than humans

9. K9 Dogs identify objects by voice, scent, and silhouette

10. K9 Officers get rid of billions of dollars of drugs off streets

11. K9 Dog training only takes ten weeks

12. Many police dogs are bought from Europe

Youtube video: K9 Training

K9 officers live with their handlers on duty and on retirement. The handler is responsible for feeding, grooming, and taking care of the dog.The officers treat the dogs as their own pets.