LawDogsUSA - Why
LawDogsUSA offers a variety of breeds
for detection work, but we prefer the American pit bull.
We work with malinois, German shepherds and others and we
find no breed matches the American pit bull for stability,
human friendliness, work ethic and ability. As well, they
have clean, short hair (very little shedding) and are
medium in size. They are far more agile and better able to
search confined, multilevel areas like offices than the
Security concerns elevated, the need for explosives and
narcotics detection dogs for law enforcement is
increasing. We see the LAWDOGS program as a way to connect
outstanding cops with outstanding working dogs.
Because they are a "fad breed"
right now, there are literally thousands of American pit
bulls being euthanized in American shelters every week.
There simply aren't enough homes, and breeders keep
breeding to make that easy buck. LAWDOGS partners with
shelters and rescues to find outstanding detection dog
prospects among homeless animals. As well, LawDogsUSA has
developed a very small, very specific breeding program to
produce purpose bred dogs specifically for detection work.
We have found that early age imprinting (we start at 6
weeks of age) of purpose bred puppies produces a superior
animal for this important job.
We encourage any law enforcement
officer or administrator with concerns regarding the use
an American pit bull as a detection dog to contact us. We
will put you in touch with LEO and LE trainers currently
using and training the breed.
What Is A Pit Bull
The purebred American pit bull is
America's greatest working dog. Mainland Europe has
several noted working breeds - sheep dogs - whose main
reason for being in the past 100 years has been "man
work" or the ability and desire to attack humans.
America's working dog - a bull dog - has its roots in
"Olde England", where butchers specifically bred
"gripping dogs" for use in controlling bulls and
cattle. No other breed had (or has) the courage, grit and
determination to stick to the dangerous task of
controlling a mad bull. The dog's gameness, or desire to
complete the task of holding the bull often saved his
master and other humans. In the middle ages, there were no
guns or easy means to control a bull - these dogs were
highly prized and carefully bred heroes.
These bull dogs (not to be confused with
the modern AKC show version "bulldog" who is a
recently created show ring breed) were used in exhibition
contests against bulls called bull baiting. When bull
baiting was outlawed in the 1800's, bulldogs were
contested against each other, seeing which dog had the
determination and drive to keep at the task in the face of
pain, fatigue and even death. Because two handlers and
a referee were in the pit with the dogs, the breed was
selected for amazing stability; a calm, friendly manner
with people - even under extreme pressure. Dogs which
lashed out at humans, even strangers, while fighting or in
pain were not tolerated.
bulldog's athletic build and legendary determination to get
the job done makes him a perfect candidate for
detection work. Nothing deters him - not heat or cold, not
fatigue, not the things that make lesser dogs quit. Drugs
or explosives - if they are there, the pit bull will find
them. It is his nature.
Todays American Pit Bull
In America, the pit bulldog of the British
Isles has been perfected into a medium sized, athletic and
physically tough animal possessing a very compliant nature
(they are not "handler hard") endless energy,
extreme toy drive and, when bred correctly, a boundlessly
friendly nature with all people.
pit bull enjoyed wide popularity during the period of 1840
- 1950 as a family pet and farm dog. At the turn of the
last century, the pit bull was one of the most popular of
dogs. A trusted "nanny dog", favorite with
soldiers, and common mascot. Pete the Pup on the Little
Rascals Our Gang comedies was a purebred, registered
American pit bull.
Like the German
shepherd in the 1950's - 1960's and the Doberman in the
1970's, the pit bull is currently taking its turn as the
"fad breed" with macho, high risk owners. Like
the shepherd and the Doberman, the pit bull is being
exploited by back yard breeders, criminals, dog fighters
and others who abuse the breed's amazing strengths for
their own selfish gain. The press encourages fear and
hysteria - fear sells.
thinkers who don't fall for "media hysteria",
people whose mind set does not include prejudicial
tendencies, professional dog trainers and those who know
the breed understand that the properly bred and raised
American pit bull is one of the sweetest of dogs with
people, though most will not back down from a challenge
from another dog.
Today's American pit bull, when properly bred and
raised, possesses heart, drive and a work ethic unlike ANY
other breed. What man wouldn't want the term "he's
a bulldog" associated with his nature? Unlike
breeds bred specifically for "man work", this
is not a breed which exhibits a wary, defensive or
aggressive nature. Most won't even "defend"
their vehicle - they don't see strangers as a threat or
"the enemy". Each person is a "new best
friend"! This makes them ideal for those situations
where a non-threatening dog is required.
Taxpayers should INSIST that
police departments utilize acceptable free or low cost
animals before they spend several thousand on an
untrained "green" dog from Europe or a dog
vendor. There is a "myth" perpetrated by
trainers and dog venders who make BIG
bucks importing shepherds and malinois from their
buddies in Europe. That myth is that there is a shortage
of good detection dogs in America. This is simply not
true. It is time agencies wake up and use AMERICA'S OWN
working breed! The toughest, most determined dog on the