Submitted by Anonymous, working with dogs in US Navy SEAL Teams.
When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky earlier for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog. Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.
German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favoured by various military organizations around the world.
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I would love to be able to train such dogs, but sadly I'm more of a dachshund man. I sadly like the quick, smart and stubbornness of the little German rascals.
I'm getting a Belgium Malinois in a few years ...badass dogs
How do the dogs tolerate those first jumps? I would think that first jump would be a major freak out for them?
@HugeFan This is why there are no golden retriever working dogs.
Awesome write up. Our furry brothers and sisters are so overlooked, and too often when one of them goes down, no one but the handler or the team cares. I'm no PETA wacko but I own enough critters to know that their lives are valuable, too. I write this with my 12-year old german shepherd lying on my $4000 mattress, sprawled out doing what us old dogs do: sleep. I'm in an Office Depot chair that hurts my back... but he's earned it.