Welsh Corgis to be Put to Test as Police Dogs in Russia

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Example of a corgi dog. Actual police dog in training at Moscow Police Department is not pictured. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Example of a Welsh corgi dog. Actual police dog in training at Moscow Police Department is not pictured.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

It sounds like one police force may soon have the most adorable police force in the world. The Moscow, Russia police department’s canine unit is planning to train Welsh corgis. Officers there believe the breed would be good to assist in their police work. It was reported by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, and according to Newsweek’s translation of the story.

The report says specifically, officials are hoping that the short-legged dogs can help them sniff out bombs and other contraband. For now, it was reported the department has two puppies are in training. “It is not certain that they will be able to join the ranks of service dogs, but even if they don’t the experiment will be interesting for everyone,” Elena Haikova, head of the canine unit, told RIA Novosti.

An American Kennel Club spokeswoman, Brandi Hunter, says corgis could do a great job in this position. “Corgis have great noses,” Hunter said. “They’re very smart, they’re easy to train. They can get into smaller spaces.” Because they have these qualities she said that they’d probably make excellent search dogs.

Hunter also pointed out that corgis are already frequently used and employed as service animals. Experts say they are used as therapy dogs or to help people who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

According to the American Kennel Club organization, there are two distinct corgi breeds, the Pembroke Welsh corgis and Cardigan Welsh corgis. The AKC says both types have been around for more than 1,000 years.

For now, it has not been made clear which corgi breed the Moscow Police canine unit has in training. The photo accompanying the RIA Novosti article appears to show a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

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