Top 5 detection jobs for dogs

The American Kennel Club has marked the importance of working dogs by naming the top 5 detection jobs which are performed by dogs.  These jobs are:

  1. Bed bug sniffing  (best performed by breeds such as Beagles, Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois)
  2. Search and rescue  – tracking missing persons, disaster rescue, etc.  (many mixed breeds perform well in this category – just ask the NZ USAR team!)  Also performed by Bloodhounds, Labrador and Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds
  3. Explosives detection (the AKC says that Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and Vizsla do well in this category)
  4. Cancer detection (Labrador Retrievers – again!)
  5. Allergy alert dogs (Poodles, Portuguese Water Dog and Golden Retrievers seem suited to this work)

Wouldn’t it be nice to see more of these working dogs in use in New Zealand?  (See my previous article on Deak Helton’s research – September 2011)

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