Time and again dogs have shown us how much of a gift they are to mankind. They are versatile animals capable of becoming many things. Depending on how they are trained, the man’s best friend can take the role of a companion dog, guide dog, or police dog.

The Labrador Retriever is not a familiar police dog for some. But these dogs are actually smart and dependable workers in the field. The English Cocker Spaniel and Corgis are also uncommon breeds hired for law enforcement. Check out below other dog breeds committed to give their all to serve and protect.

22. Labrador Retriever

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Dubbed as the most popular dog breed in America, Labrador Retrievers are not only preferred in homes but are also in demand in law enforcement. Because they are known for being very friendly and outgoing animals, they do not do well as guard dogs.

But their trainability and obedience are impressive that they are trained and deployed to track objects and persons in search and rescue operations.

21. English Cocker Spaniel

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Being a member of the sporting group of dogs, the English Cocker Spaniels are famous gundogs among hunters. These compactly built dogs are excellent retrievers and flushers on the field.

In addition to their athletic abilities, their noses are also their fortune. It may not be as sharp as that of hound dogs but they surely can get the job done just as good as them.

20. Malinois

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The Malinois being related to the bigger German Shepherds are also strong and well-muscled, but more elegant than bulky, making them more athletic than the latter. These hard working dogs have proven several times how much of a versatile breed they are.

They have worked with the police K-9 unit, military, and are part of search and rescue teams. They are praised for always being eager and active.

19. Rottweiler

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With Rottweilers, you get the best of both worlds. They can be tough protectors while also being sweet and gentle companions. They make for perfect guard dogs because of their great strength, as well as their alert and courageous nature.

But at the same time, they are also playful and silly dogs that love to cuddle and bond with their families whenever they are not on guard duties.

18. Airedale Terrier

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Known as the King of Terriers because of their large size, the Airedale Terriers are appropriately part of this list. But they have more to offer other than their strong muscular bodies. 

They are alert and courageous too and will not back down when there’s a need to protect their territory or loved ones. They are also smart dogs that can sense immediate danger and respond accordingly.

17. Boxer

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They are not called Boxers for nothing. These dogs got the whole package from the muscular body build to the alert and bright personality. Their smooth and powerful movement like that of a boxer athlete earned them their breed name.

These loyal dogs also have a superb work ethic. They can take on versatile roles such as watchdogs and family guardians because of their active and courageous nature.

16. Rajapalayam

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The most famous dog breed from India is a hound dog. The Rajapalayam is a southern Indian dog breed known for its boar hunting skills and being companions and guards of the royalty. They were bred to be a complete hunter and estate guardian.

Their bold nature is reflected on the fact that they will readily give their lives in an attempt to defend their owners or territories.

15. Beagle

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Because of their adorable faces, with big brown eyes set off by long ears that are set low, Beagles look anything but intimidating. But don’t mistake them as timid dogs, after all they belong to the hound group.

While it’s true they have merry personalities, these cute dogs also have excellent hunting skills. Their superior sense of smell has made them staple dog breeds in the police force.

14. German Shorthaired Pointer

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Built to work for long hours on the field, the German Shorthaired Pointers are equipped with power, speed, agility and endurance. They can come in a solid reddish brown coat or combination of white and reddish brown in distinctive patterns unique to the breed.

These energetic dogs thrive on outdoor physical exercises like running, swimming or organized dog sports. They are also remarkably easy to train.

13. Basset Hound

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Aside from having recognizable faces thanks to their extremely long, velvety ears, mournful eyes, and wrinkled brows, Basset Hounds are also famous for having the most accurate and sharpest sense of smell among all dog breeds. 

Since they are short and heavy, these dogs are built for endurance rather than speed. Their powerful short legs, stamina, and impressive scenting abilities made them prominent dogs in law enforcement.

12. Briard

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As a member of the french police dog, Briards are excellent guard dogs because of their alert nature. When properly trained, they become fearless and brave dogs that are deployed in search and rescue operations.

During off duty, this herding dog covered in a wavy coat and sporting a peek-a-boo hairdo parted in the middle with a matching luxurious beard, enjoys quality playtime with children of their families.

11. East-European Shepherd

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Originally from Russia, the East-European Shepherd is a descendant of the German Shepherds. These dogs were selectively bred to produce larger dogs that can better withstand cold conditions and were intended for guard dog work.

The notable difference from the German version is the medium-length dense coat with a well-developed undercoat that helps them survive the cold. But like their ancestors, they are intelligent, courageous, and tough.

10. Belgian Shepherd

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The parent breed of four Belgian dog varieties, the Belgian Shepherd is believed to have descended from other shepherd dogs such as Dutch and German. They are one of the most versatile dog breeds as they can be used as assistance dogs, companion dogs, guard dogs, and police dogs.

They are intelligent, alert and sensitive with a strong guarding instinct making them well suited for security services.

9. Dutch Shepherd

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Used to be employed as an all-purpose farm dog, the Dutch Shepherd has made its way to the homes of many families and into the law enforcement department. They used to specialized in guarding farms and droving livestocks, but is now using their skills as a police dog.

These intelligent, alert and independent canines are known as competent working dogs used for tracking and search and rescue.

8. Giant Schnauzer

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Giant Schnauzers are essentially just bigger versions of Standard Schnauzers. And the increase in size also meant more aggressiveness. These dogs are known for being relentless at work and so are always part of search and rescue operations.

They are always alert and cautious around strangers making them ideal guard dogs. This dog breed is famous for being the only dog to serve with the Air Force.

7. Bouvier des Flandres

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One of the biggest dog breeds in this list, the Bouvier des Flandres are built with heavy bones and powerful muscles beneath their weatherproof coats. This stocky dog is the ultimate farm dog that can do almost all farm tasks. 

But aside from guarding livestocks and herding barn animals, their large size and immense strength also enable them to take on the role of guard dogs.

6. Doberman Pinscher

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Police dogs are not always the stocky built dog breeds, the best example of this are the compact Doberman Pinschers. These sleek-bodied dogs are just as powerful and reliable as other robust guard dogs. Their magnificent but substantial physique confers them the necessary agility to perform their tasks.

These smart and loyal dogs are also incredibly fearless and vigilant. They will surely deter anyone wherever they patrol.

5. Springer Spaniel

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Closely related to the previously-mentioned spaniel, the Springer Spaniels are also outstanding gundogs. Game hunters take delight in their intelligence, stamina and boundless energy on the field. They are people-pleasers that always aim to be praised as they are employed to work closely with humans.

These beautiful dogs that work as retrievers are highly trainable, a dog trait that is sought after for working police dog breeds.

4. Akita Inu

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Rightfully awarded as the national dog of Japan, the Akita Inu have a lot of suitable dog qualities. They are known for their dignity, courage, and loyalty. These intimidatingly muscular double-coated dogs have erect ears and dark, shining eyes which contribute to their alert nature.

They are preferred family protectors in their hometown because of their sharp senses that help warn their families of any perceived danger.

3. Corgi

Who says police dogs need to be as big as shepherd or mountain dogs? The Corgis might just show you that big dog personalities also come in small packages. Although they are built short and low, they have powerful limbs and agility to make up for their lack in size.

They are bright and fearless dogs with heightened senses making them great watchdogs and valuable members of the police team.

2. Bloodhound

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The first ever dog breed to have worked with the K9 police unit is the Bloodhounds. And it is no surprise given that these dogs have incredible noses that can track scents even miles away. It is said that their scenting ability is 1,000 times that of a human’s nose.

However, just like other hound dogs on this list, this dog breed is not particularly quick and agile.

1. German Shepherd

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When you hear about police dogs, generally the first breed that comes to mind is the German Shepherd. And rightfully so, because these large and muscular dogs are noble and exceptionally intelligent.

They are an all-purpose worker that is well-loved in the law enforcement team because of their agility, courage, and easy trainability. They are loyal and willing to risk their lives to protect their loved ones. And it’s probably why the 46th POTUS has owned two.

Related Questions

Do Cop Dogs Get Paid? No, cop dogs are not paid as they are dogs and dogs do not know the concept of money. Instead, canine officers, who handle these dogs and make sure they execute their duties, are the ones getting paid with actual salary. The dogs are compensated with meals, shelter, medications and training.

What Is The Charge For Killing A Police Dog? Class C Felony will be filed against anyone convicted of purposely assaulting, maiming, or killing federal law enforcement animals such as police dogs and horses. The court may impose a civil penalty of at least $5,000 and may increase up to a maximum of $10,000 if proven guilty.

What Does K9 Stand For? K9 is a wordplay on the word canine, which refers to the family of dogs, in English-speaking countries. Based on the concept of homophones, K-9 is an appropriate substitute for canine, which comes from the Latin word canis meaning dog, and canine was derived from that word which means “dog-like”.

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