25 Facts About Search And Rescue Dogs You’ll Want To Know

Search and rescue dogs are awesome because when disaster strikes, they don’t hesitate to risk their lives for the sake of others. Special training makes search and rescue dogs valuable assets in rescue efforts such as wilderness tracking and locating missing people resulting in thousands of human lives being saved every year. These adorable heroes deserve some attention and we’re going to give it to them. These are 25 Facts About Search And Rescue Dogs You’ll Want To Know.

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Hunting and herding breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Border Collies are typically chosen to be trained as SAR dogs.

Golden RetrieversSource: searchdogfoundation.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)
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Some SAR dogs can be trained specifically to find humans that are trapped under snow. The best avalanche dogs can smell people that are under 15 ft (4.6 m) of snow. Avalanche dogs are often St. Bernards.

Search & Rescue DogSource: wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)
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Puppies chosen to be SAR dogs usually start to be trained when they are just 8-10 weeks old.

puppySource: wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)
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There are currently over 150 air-scenting search dog units around the US, and new units are continually being formed.

Search & Rescue DogSource: nasar.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)
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Newfoundland dogs are not as commonly used as SAR dogs as some other breeds, but they excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and unrivaled swimming abilities.

NewfoundlandSource: wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)

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