6 Police Dog Breeds

Since the late 1880s, police have used dogs to fight crime and find culprits.

German Shepherds

Police dogs are usually German Shepherds. German Shepherds top most K9 dog breed lists for good reason, and you've probably seen them at airports, schools, and arenas.

Belgian Malinois

One of the greatest police dog breeds, these slender, muscular herding dogs are clever, protective, and high-energy.

Dutch Shepherds

Dutch Shepherds are popular police K9 breeds for "dual-purpose" work, which includes patrol and apprehension.

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Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are popular police dogs due of their intelligence, friendliness, and work ethic.

German Short-Haired Pointers

Like labs, these dogs were designed to find, point, and retrieve game while being amiable household dogs. GSPs, like laboratories, detect and track.


Bloodhounds are known for their keen sense of scent. These determined trackers help police find missing individuals and criminals. Bloodhounds seem friendly, making them ideal for detecting lost children.

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