Shortage of Military Working Dogs Threatens National Security

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A new report warns that a shortage of domestically bred military working dogs is a threat to U.S. national security. The report comes from the U.S. Navy’s Naval Post Graduate School. The report says that 90% of the dogs who are currently working in the U.S. military were bred overseas. Military working dogs are usually German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds or Labrador Retrievers. These dogs perform crucial tasks such as detecting explosives, sniffing out drugs and tracking enemies. The shortage is due to U.S. breeders finding it easier and more fulfilling to breed show dogs or service dogs. The authors of the report recommend that the federal government subsidize new breeding programs. Demand for working dogs within Europe… means there’s a growing shortage of even mediocre-quality foreign dogs available to protect the U.S., Sheila Goffe, Vice President of the American Kennel Club

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