Skip to comments.Tiny drug dog sniffs out big career
Posted on 08/03/2006 11:55:06 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Though she's only a 6-pound Chihuahua-rat terrier mix who looks like she belongs in Paris Hilton's purse, Midge has the will, skill and nose of a 100-pound German shepherd.
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If that GS is really 125 lbs - way too big, as usual these days!
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Cool. An exciting new way to have my car searched without a warrant. But it's cute, so that makes it ok.
"Dogs called Belgian Malinois have earned spots on departments in Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina and Ohio after training by Dave Blosser, owner of the private Tri-State Canine Services in Warren, Ohio. The breed can be as small as 40 pounds (18 kilograms), and Blosser compares the dogs favorably to larger breeds"
That's funny. As I said, a German Shepherd should NEVER be "125 lbs"; at worst, 90. And the smallest officially can be about 45 lb. A pox upon those who've made every Joe Schmoe think a GS is a "very large" dog.
Nano K-9 squad!
This seems to be a trend in many breeds. Our Golden Retriever, Prior Lake Jake, got up to 115 pounds at 18 months. We trimmed him back (reduced his chow) to 90-92 pounds which he easily carried.
My GSD's sire was an eastern european import and hovered around a buck and a quarter, and he was not in the least bit fat. My Timber seasonally drifts between 105 - 110 and I consider him an exceptionally large Shepherd...he's substantially bigger and exhibits far mor musculature than the dog pictured in the article (see photos on my FR home page.)
On the other hand, that's one "drug warrior" whose ass even a wheelchair-bound, marijuana-smoking cancer patient can kick!
Shouldn't that be the K-9 squad.
Chardon was my hometown.
I left about 10 years ago - besides tiny police dogs, they have lots of snow, and nowadays, yuppies. Either one was reason enough to leave!
Too many in both the AKC and the SV have bred gigantic (even as they disdain the Shiloh Shepherds); I'm not talking fat. Even those in SV that are overall good weight, are heavy-boned, built like Rotties. They should be lighter in build.
My sister's dog - wonderful - was 110. Too heavy. My 2 long-term dogs, 1st Shana years ago and now Tara the wimp, weighed from 60-70 lbs. Now that I think of it, the "backyard" farm GS we got 25 years ago was about that weight. I had a pup before Tara who clearly was not going to be big - at 6 mos she was just 40 lbs. A tad underweight (miraculous in this day)! Although by now she's probably just made the grade (sold her young due to excitement-urination problems).
What a great photo!
Why do you have something it in?
Chalupa smugglers beware!
No. And since I don't, I should be happy that every government agent wants to make sure, and I should invite them to do so. Without a warrant. That's what you are implying, correct?
My female rott is petite for her breed, thankfully, taking after after her mother (who tipped the scales at a solid 80lbs). Her father, who is, I kid you not, the canine Hank Hill, was MASSIVE at 145lbs-- a head the size of a cannon ball, and front paws as big as my own feet (ladies, size 9.5) Thankfully, a very even tempered, mellow dog--a true Texan.
I guess, though, if the sire is Hank Hill... the dam must be Peggy--so I guess that makes Ursa... Bobby.
Ranger, my hurricane rescue checks in right about 65...he looks miniscule next to Timber. Because I know nothing of the circumstances of his whelping I have know idea of how much he 'should' weigh. Likewise, he was heartworm+ when adopted so I'll never know if and to what degree the infestation and treatment may have stunted his growth. His teeth seem exceptionally long for his size, which is probably about as big as he'll ever get.
I agree with Mr. Bennett. A police dog must be intimidating enough to scare a perp into submission. And big and strong enough to take down a fleeing perp.
But a drug dog doesn't need those qualifications. Just about any breed of dog can be trained to be a drug dog.
Jake's sire was a large male and the mother was also big and blocky. He nearly tipped over the duck boat with an ungracious leap along the upper Mississippi on a cold Minnesota morning. The guys in the boat nicknamed him lard ass after that.