K9 dog Facts That Will Surprise You

What k9 dog do? Are k9 dogs neutered or spayed? How k9 dogs are trained? What is k9 dog? How to train k9 dogs? How to adopt a k9 dog? What is the diet of a police dog? Let’s find out the answers

K9 Dog

A k9 dog Is a police dog or a military dog. These dogs are expected to perform well in the following situations like finding a suspect or an object by smelling, detecting explosives, finding a hidden object in a 150’×150’ area, how to respond in the fire, etc. Before an officer or a handler start working or starts the training of the dog he has to pass a normative police dog test and after that, the training can be started.

A k9 officer and his/her dog should go through the lessons in maintain the police dog normative once a week. A dog handler or officer and a police dog their work per shutzhund dog training, tracking training, bomb detecting training and etc.

What are Police dog breeds?

The first-ever and also most commonly used K9 dog breeds are German Shepherds. Let’s have a look on other K9 dog breeds:-

  1. Belgian Tervueren
  2. Doberman Pinscher
  3. Boxer Dog
  4. Blood Hound
  5. Dutch German Shepherd
  6. German Shepherd
  7. German Short-haired Pointer
  8. Labrador Retriever
  9. Giant Schnauzer
  10. Rottweiler

So these are the most commonly used Police Dog Breeds.

K9 dog training

The duration of k9 dog training takes around 10 weeks. The most important lesson in Police Dog training is obedience training of the dog. The handlers work more on this lesson so that the dog listens to your every command without any hesitation and follows all the commands quickly. These dogs can help to guard and to protect you without misbehaving and listens to all your commands. In this, the handler and the dog have to pass the police test, which involves controlling the dog fully and even after giving the attack command. The dog should immediately stop if the handler has given the command to stop. There are many specifications of training involved in using a k9 dog in various places like marine ports, railway stations, airports, etc.

Can a k9 dog be a family dog?

Yes, a k9 dog can be a great addition to your family. They can be a very good family pet. Many people are scared to make k9 dogs their family pet because they think they are aggressive and they will harm them or harm their children but this is not true. Yes, k9 dogs are a bit aggressive when they are given the command to attack something but they trained so well that if you will tell them to stop, they will immediately stop. And when they are in their training period the handlers focus on obedience training more. So, they are well-trained dogs for your family. But never leave your small children alone with your dog they will never hurt them intentionally but “prevention is better than cure”. And also, always teach your children how to play and be gentle with dogs.

Are police k9 dogs neutered or spayed?

It depends, many of the drug-sniffing type police dogs are neutered. In fact, dogs don’t mature until 2 years of age, so if you want your male dog to look like a male, don’t neuter him until 2 years. Some female dogs will get very fat after they are spayed although they are spayed because of their heat cycles.

Are k9 dogs aggressive?

No k9 dogs are not aggressive dogs, this is a myth. K9 dogs are well trained and socialized dogs. When k9 dogs are selected as puppies as potential k9 dogs, they always look for these characteristics like they don’t look for aggression they look for high energy. Not hyper but high energy, the difference is very clear high energy dogs have the energy to burn and this job requirement is high energy. They are well trained and socialized pups. They know how to obey the commands of his owner without any hesitation.

What is the diet of a Police dog?

Police dogs generally need a good amount of nutrition. They generally need the sport dog food k-9 series police k-9 chicken and fish formula dry dog food. The main thing is the food of the police dog always matches his performance. If your dog has a high level of physical activity than he needs food which is highly rich in nutrients high in protein and fat. But if your dog is not doing a high level of a physical workout than he needs normal dog food which we usually give to our fury babies. Always remember your dog food always matches your dog’s physical activity.

When do police dogs retire?

Police dogs will typically be retired from service when they are seven or eight years of age. These dogs will typically live about 11 to 14 years on average. They are often adopted by their handlers when their service finishes.

How to adopt a police dog?

If you want to adopt a k9 dog than always first go to the rescue center and if there is a dog of your choice then take him to your home. And the other thing you can do is you can visit your local police station and ask for a retired k9 dog they will give the information if any of the dogs are going to be retired soon. And the other way of adoption is you can contact to the handlers who train them as if they have any dog for adoption. You can also go through the “ADOPT” pages to adopt a retired k9 dog. To adopt a k9 dog is not a very difficult process you just have to contact a few people. Visit some of the places to choose your dog according to your choice and needs.

Today’s Quote –

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron


So here is some important information that you should know before taking your k9 pup home. You don’t have to worry about their aggressive behavior I have already explained above that why they do so. And they are well-trained pups they will never hurt you or your children they are also good with other pets and dogs. It’s just that you have to give them proper care, love, and respect and you will receive the unconditional love from them.

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Written by Adrienne Farricelli, well versed CPDT-KA(1) certified dog trainer.
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