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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-04-2011, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Police & Female GSD

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Do the police/Military use female GSD's to chase down criminals, or do they only use males for that type of work?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-04-2011, 01:28 AM
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some departments use females. Its usually dependent on a bunch of things. I hope some of the people involved in police work will chime in and be able to better answer your question and explain the reasoning.

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I have both male and female dogs doing police work. It's all in the selection of the dog. If selected properly, the only difference is the "plumbing". The only inequality, if you want to call it that; all females are spayed, as a rule, males are not neutered.

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More and more agencies are starting to use females. The agency that I retired from was only using male dogs for many years, but because of the cost of and competition for good dogs, they are now starting to use females.
I think the trend to using females is really starting to pick up.

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I have both male and female dogs doing police work. It's all in the selection of the dog. If selected properly, the only difference is the "plumbing". The only inequality, if you want to call it that; all females are spayed, as a rule, males are not neutered.

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Does the difference in average size make any difference?
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Does the difference in average size make any difference?
No. The primary role of a PSD is one of detection/location. Beyond the primary role the dog needs to pursue, engage, and remain engaged until commanded to do something different. Anything beyond sinking the teeth to the gum line and remaining engaged until called off, in my opinion, is nothing more than "mine is bigger than yours'".

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My military time ended over 20yrs ago. With that said back then we did use many females, in all areas including Sentry work on missle sites around the world. Many of the people I worked with had females in patrole cars, bomb and narcotic detection. Can't see any reason this would have changed.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 09:23 AM
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I think it depends on the agency. My two police agencies (Maryland State and Anne Arundel) only use intact males. I have inquired before out of my own curiousity. Now, our fire department uses a female GSD and a female Black Lab for arson detection.
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One of the best K9 dogs our local department ever had was a long-haired female GSD.

I see far more males involved in this line of work but there are females too.
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Do the police/Military use female GSD's to chase down criminals, or do they only use males for that type of work?
Most places I have been, I have seen much more males than females. However, our kennel on base currently has about a 50-50 mix of males and females. I was surprised to see just how many females they have.

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