Malinois, Beagle dogs to aid bomb squad in Kerala
Thrissur: Malinois, a Belgian dog breed and Beagle, a small hound dog, will be part of the Kerala police force from Thursday. Among the 22 police dogs which completed training on Thursday, five belong to Malinois and Beagle breeds.
Malinois dogs are trained in tracker category while Beagle dogs are trained in explosives detection.
At the same time, 6 dogs which belong to Indian breeds Kanni and Chippipparai are also recruited to the police. Six Labrador Retriever dogs are also among the newly trained dogs.
These dogs were trained for 10 months at the dog training school under police academy in Thrissur. 44 dog handlers were also trained to rear these dogs.
On Thursday, 10th batch from the dog training school will officially join the police force.
Beagle dogs are one of the friendly dogs which can easily habituate people. It looks cute with a long bindi like a patch on its forehead. Beagle, the small dog breed, is one of the pet dogs which is largely sold across the world.
The beagle is a scent hound developed primarily for hunting. Hence, this breed is widely used by investigation squads in airports and other places.
This breed which originates in Britain has two or three colours on its body. Usually, it has a height up to 41 cm and weighs 9 kg to 11 kg. Beagle dogs are sold at a starting price of Rs 30,000. Beagles have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Belgian Malinois has become a popular dog breed after it helped the soldiers to trace the hideout of ISIS leader Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi. These dogs can lead its master to the spot without barking. It will perform in the best way at any climate and place.
Malinois dogs are experts to detect explosives and drugs. Malinois is a Belgian dog which has a big nose and head. It has an average height up to 66 cm and a weight of 32 kg.
A puppy of Malinois breed will cost a maximum of Rs 1 lakh. It has a life span of 10 to 15 years.