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Why do police officers use german shepherds instead of other breeds?

What makes them the ideal K-9 officer?

Asked By: Just Me - 6/15/2011
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[Megan]: A German shepherd is a person who either looks after sheep in Germany or is a German who looks after sheep somewhere. My breed's real name translates as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words in the special noun, so 3 capital initials needed, with GSD for short... More
Answered By: King Les The Lofty - 6/19/2011
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German shepherds have a very strong bite and a good sense of smell. They are also fast, athletic, and aggressive by nature. Other breeds are not as intimidating as German shepherds.
Answered By: Megan :~) - 6/15/2011
 
They are extremely smart, big but not too heavy, have an incredible bite force and tend to not let go, extremely loyal, and are overall a confident breed which is very important to be a k9 officer.
Answered By: ? - 6/15/2011
 
Public order enforcement dogs... More
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Answered By: Mrs. Crawler - 6/15/2011
 
They do use other dogs. Malinois are becoming increasingly more popular... More
Answered By: Kaper - 6/15/2011
 
German Shepherds are highly intelligent (supposedly in the top three smartest dogs). They learn very quick and are very loyal. They are naturally protective (herding dogs had to be able to intimidate predators in the fields to protect the livestock), especially of their family, but also cautious of strangers. A good... More
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Answered By: Michelle - 6/15/2011
 
German Shepherds are sociable with other breeds, athletic(fast runners, lots of energy, etc.) and they have excellent senses (smell, touch, hearing, etc.) Also German shepherds usually bond with one person, which is their trainer or owner, so they only obey those who they are fond to. They are strong dogs and big dogs... More
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Answered By: Nicole - 6/15/2011
 
I agree with all the answers given exp. the person who gave specific breeds for specific jobs. One thing I know for sure is the military uses german Shepard's exclusively because of there temperature adaptability. They can train in say N.C. heat in the summer then transfer to a cold climate and need little time to... More
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Answered By: Gothamcentral - 6/15/2011
 
They have a great sense of smell and are good working dogs.
Answered By: ASPCA - 6/15/2011
 
Theu do use other breed. In my area Mals and Belgian Sheepdogs are far more commonly used than GSD. Labs and Border Collies are also commonly used in this areas as detection only dogs (as opposed to patrol or duel purpose dogs... More
Answered By: BMTHESPIAN - 6/15/2011
 
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