German Shepherd’s cop dog is an inevitable part of the police forces. It is blessed with immense strength and intelligence. They are considered great companions due to their protectiveness and obedience to their keepers.
As far back in the 19th century the Berlin police force has used German shepherds as cop dogs to safeguard the law-enforcement personnel who patrolled the dark alleys and poorly lit street ways. They offered sufficient protection and were exceptionally brave in defending the police against attackers.
The first breeding club was formed in 1899 which makes German Shepherds a relatively new type. Its initial purpose was to serve as herder of cattle but because of its unparalleled braveness and wit they were trained as police and guard dogs by VS, a German breeding club.
German Shepherds were bred cautiously to preserve its encompassing traits. Training programs to develop abilities of tracking, loyalty and protectiveness were equally arranged.
Europeans looked at training German Shepherds to be police dogs as a game of chance and expensive. They were used a protective dogs rather than an important part of the police force. But this changed after the WW I due to the important role they played during that time.
One of the factors for a superb law enforcement agency is to have carefully trained German Shepherd cop dogs. They are of great help not only as personnel protectors but also to search and rescue operations. The dogs’ excellent sense of smell is further enhanced for them to be able to detect explosive substances and drugs.
German Shepherds are really unequalled regarding its sense of smell. Given the proper training, it can find out corpses. They were of significant use during the First World War. It became instantly popular in America but due to the bad impression of Germany after the World War II, the canine’s fame declined.
As a result, it was renamed as Alsatian dog or American Shepherd to prevent its further decline and to pull it from association to its country of origin. This was also done to maintain its reputation as a kind, obedient and brave dog.
Eventually it has become by far one of the most favoured dogs in the US and other parts of the world. As cop dogs the German Shepherd serves many purposes. In order to suppress criminals or controlling the public it uses its bark and hold technique to cause fear in disorderly crowds. Apart from this it has been trained as a search and rescue dog. The dogs are treated with great respect and are equipped with bulletproof vests to guard them. It is considered a felony to injure or kill German Shepherd cop dogs.