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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It would be interesting to note that it was the same race that sniffed out Osama Bind Lade and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In 2018, these dogs were trained by the CISF to thwart fedayeen attacks both on the Delhi metro and at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Remember that these dogs had been deployed in Kaziranga National Park for anti-poaching activities.
The CISF had said their existing canine squad was good at detecting explosives, but Belgian Malinois dogs are good at detecting suicide bombers. The CISF had also conducted an exercise to test the abilities of these canines.
Their men posed as terrorists and tied explosives around them. The dogs were released to detect the explosives. Our existing squad has expertise in detecting explosives, but their role in detecting Fidayin attackers has not been as powerful.
Well-behaved and trained Malinois are generally active, intelligent, friendly, protective, alert, and hard-working. Belgian Malinois have some of the highest energy levels of any dog ââbreed. A typical Malinois will have puppy-like energy until they are three years old, although it is not uncommon for them to exhibit this level of energy until they are five years old. Many have excessively high prey. Some can be overly rambunctious or playful, especially when they are young.
They can be destructive or develop neurotic behaviors if not sufficiently stimulated and exercised.
This often causes problems for owners who are unfamiliar with the breed and are not ready to provide them with the exercise they need or a job to do. They are strong, medium-sized dogs that require constant obedience training and love to be challenged with new tasks. They are known to be very easy to train, due to their craving for rewards.
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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.