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7 Best Dog Breeds for Police Work

With their steely stares, heightened sense of smell and powerful bites, the bad guys don’t have a chance up against a well-trained police dog.

And even though most dogs will have their owner’s back in a time of need, not just any pooch can get into the real action of law enforcement.

Check out these top 7 best dog breeds for police work that were born for the crime-fighting way-of-life.

#1 Bloodhound

The ancestors of the Bloodhound were created in medieval France to hunt wild boar and deer. Today, this scent hound is used in the police force, and search-and-rescue opts. In fact, his sense of smell is so accurate, that it will even stand up in a court of law.

Aside from his super-sniffer, the Bloodhound is a strong dog that can reach weights of around 110 pounds. And even though he may be portrayed as a laid back, even lazy pooch, he is far from it. Be prepared to follow the Bloodhound for miles when he’s hot on the trail of a chipmunk orcriminal.

#2 Labrador Retriever

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Still being voted number one breed in America, the Labrador Retriever is one dog that can wear many hats. He not only makes a loyal and devoted family pet but his talents are now far reaching into police work, as well.

Built for any job, the Lab is athletic and muscular, reaching adult weights of around 80 pounds. However, his size isn’t what has inducted him into the police force; it’s his incredible sense of smell and trainable to utilize that trait.

Labs are being used, not only with the police force but with the military, border securities, and airports to detect bombs, drugs and other potentially harmful objects.

#3 German Shepherd

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When you think of a police dog the first breed that most likely pops to mind is the German Shepherd and for good reasons. This breed is strong and capable, excelling at any task he is trained to do. Plus, his devotion and courage are second-to-none.

German Shepherds are not only used in law enforcement to chase down criminals, but he’s also got his paws firmly planted in the military, search and rescue, drug detection and guide and assistance work.

All these reasons (and more) is what has landed the Shepherd among the top 10 most popular breeds in the U.S.

#4 Doberman Pinscher

One look at the Doberman Pinscher and you may think twice about messing with it. This breed was developed in Germany and used as a guard dog. Today, his high energy levels and need to be challenged all rolls up into one fine police dog.

Although the Dobie only grows to around 80 pounds, it’s his speed that makes him a formidable foe. He can chase down the fastest foot-runner, and once in his powerful clenches, the perp is ready to be arrested.

When the Doberman isn’t protecting, he can be playful, fun-loving and a bit on the stubborn side.

#5 Rottweiler

Growing to around 130 pounds, the Rottweiler’s size and power were first utilized to drive cattle to market and to pull butcher’s carts. Today, the Rottie is highly regarded for his skills in both the police force and the military. In fact, he was one of the earliest police dogs.

This breed has a broad chest and well muscled body that moves with both strength and stamina. He is also fearless and courageous and can do some damage to anyone that poses a threat.

But don’t let all that bravado fool you. As a family pet, the Rottie is a loving and devoted canine companion that wants to be a part of his family unit.

#6 Belgian Tervuren

Almost wolf-like in appearance, the Belgian Tervuren isn’t a breed that is well known. However, you don’t want to mess with it when you’re up to no good.

Created in 19th century Belgium, the Tervuren is a herding dog but is versatile in any arena you can imagine which includes bomb detection, drug sniffing and guard dog.

The Tervuren is a very hairy pooch that can reach weights around 70 pounds. He is extremely intelligent, alert and courageous, standing his ground against anyone he deems as “undesirable.”

#7 Boxer

The muscular body and square head of the Boxer give it that “don’t mess with me” appearance. The breed will level out as an adult around 70 pounds, so it’s not necessarily his weight that makes him a good police dog, but his ability to spring up at incredible heights taking a perp by surprise.
At the beginning of World War I, the Boxer was used by the military for serving messages, carrying packs and also acting as an attack and guard dog. Today, the breed still utilizes his keen eye and alertness to make him an active partner in law enforcement.

Best Police Dogs Save Lives!

When dogs join the police force, they bring a unique skill set that cannot be duplicated by humans. These dogs not only have a superior sense of smell, but their call to duty and willingness to put their lives on the line should be highly regarded and appreciated.

The best police dogs save lives!

About the author

Alexandra Seagal

Alexandra Seagal

As a dog owner and founder of, Alexandra Seagal focuses on providing answers to dog owners’ important questions and educating them on how to treat and train their dogs. When she isn’t writing, Alexandra can be found exploring the great outdoors and hiking with her dog and two young daughters.

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