They won’t be trained as attack dogs, as you probably already figured, but the disasters in Japan have shown how valuable these tiny dogs can be in searching out nooks of collapsed buildings to rescue survivors in places where more traditional size S&R dogs can’t reach.
Toy Poodles Karin and Fuga have passed their tests and will be officially commissioned as police dogs in Tottori prefecture in western Japan. They weigh 5 ½ and 8 pounds respectively. They may be little and cute, but they are serious working dogs who have trained hard.
The tests measure the dogs’ competency in nine areas, including the ability to smell and climb. Karin and Fuga spent a year in training.
Although they are the first Toy Poodles to be commissioned, they are just the latest to join a growing class of small breed dogs being signed up for serious duty.
Last year a Chihuahua named Momo qualified for police duty as a search and rescue dog with the Nara prefecture. And Midge, a Chihuahua from Ohio, has served as a valuable drug sniffing dog in the sheriff’s department for several years.
“I hope that this will show that not all police dogs have to be big and scary types like German Shepherds, but that small cute dogs can also do the work of a police dog,” said Natsue Miyamoto, who runs the Miyamoto Pet Dog Training Center in Tottori city where Karin and Fuga were schooled for the police test. Source