March 26, 2012

Navy SEAL Dogs

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.


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is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is Editor-in-Chief of SpecialOperations.com, a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow him on twitter here.

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  • murazar

    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.

  • Fratus 23

    I'm getting a Belgium Malinois in a few years ...badass dogs

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    How do the dogs tolerate those first jumps? I would think that first jump would be a major freak out for them?

  • Tango9

     @HugeFan This is why there are no golden retriever working dogs.

  • Tango9

    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.