New Delhi, November 29: On Sunday, the anti-terrorism unit of the Indian army welcomed the Belgian Malinois Canines to its canine squad.
Belgian Malinois are downright built, proud and alert shepherds, measuring 22 to 26 inches. Strong and well-muscled, but more sleek than bulky, they have an honest, unadorned look, befitting dogs designed to work hard on their diet. A hallmark of the breed is the proud carriage of the head. The colors of the dress range from rich fawn to mahogany. The black ears and mask accentuate the shiny, questioning eyes the color of Belgian dark chocolate, says the American Kennel Club.
The Indian Army said these dogs had excellent agility, intelligence, trainability, stamina, stamina and biting work. CRPFs were the first to use them in anti-naxalitis operations. The dogs were later adopted by the ITPB and the NSG as well.
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In Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, the Malinois is mainly bred as a working dog for personal protection, detection, police work, search and rescue, and sports work like Schutzhund.
The United States Secret Service and the Royal Australian Air Force use the breed along with other lines of work such as Dutch Shepherd and GSD. In the armed forces of the United States, German Shepherds lead the way, but closely follow the Belgian Malinois.