Commemorating Military Working Dogs April, 2009

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Military Dogs and the U.S. War Dogs Association

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military working dogs and handlers - US Air ForceIt wasn't until January of 1942 that the United States began to get serious about using dogs in the military. Just after Pearl Harbor, a group called "Dogs for Defense" was formed to coordinate a sentry dog program to help with the war effort. Though there were initial ups and downs, by July of 1942 the program included extensive training of both dogs and their handlers for use as sentries, roving patrol messengers and sled dogs. This program became affectionately known as the
"K-9 Corps".

"Dogs For Defense" procured more than 18,000 dogs between 1942-1945. Initially there were more than 30 breeds being trained. By the end of 1944 the breeds that worked best were narrowed down to "German Shepherds, Belgian Sheep Dogs, Doberman-Pinschers, farm Collies, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes and Eskimo dogs".

After WWII, the US military officially sanctioned the German Shepherd as THE standard for the military working dog. The K-9 Corps continued to expand, and was used extensively in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. It's estimated that more than 4900 dogs were deployed to Vietnam. military working dogs and handlers - US Air Force Baghdad

The K-9 Corps continues to be a vital, yet largely unsung, part of the U.S. military. One organization in particular, the U.S. War Dogs Association, is doing a great job of trying to change that. They are a non-profit dedicated to expanding public awareness, preserving the history, and commemorating the lives of these courageous and remarkable dogs.

Want more history on the K-9 Corps? Read "Dogs and National Defense" - it's fascinating. To see some great photographs of dogs in the service right now - go to K-9 Teams Around the World. A special thanks to the U.S. War Dogs Association for letting us use photos from their website!

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The encyclopedia section is divided into large categories, such as mathematical science, applied arts, and culture. Click on a subject and get an overview, terms, fields of study, people, history, and a list of topics within each area. Then click a topic and dig deeper into each specialized area.

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