Why well-trained military dogs don't make good pets - AmericaNowNews.com

Meet Luciano and Ajax

It was a Belgian Malinois that led the Navy Seals to Osama Bin Laden. They are amazing dogs... but our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, says they don't make for very good pets.

"Dogs have been utilized in warfare for centuries," he explains. "But the United States military didn't start using canines until World War II. Today, thousands of American working dogs are on duty, serving their country in U.S. military operations around the globe."

For years, the German Shepherd has been the go-to dog for military work. Luciano trained and handled many when he was on the Air Force One K-9 detail. But it was the paw of a different breed that President Obama shook shortly after Osama Bin Laden was tracked down. A Belgian Malinois named Cairo was instrumental in locating Bin Laden once the Navy Seals entered the terrorist's safe house.

Belgian Malinois are similar to German Shepherds, but are smaller and more compact. The Malinois' smaller size makes it better suited for covert and high-risk assignments than German Shepherds.

"I now work with three Belgian Malinois of my own. Ajax was my first and we've been through a lot together. Ajax has helped me teach a whole lot of mail carriers to protect themselves against dog attacks," says Aguilar.

As impressive as they are in the field, the Belgian Malinois is a very challenging breed. Luciano says you definitely want to weigh the pros and cons before adopting one.

Let's start with the cons: Belgian Malinois are very strong-willed with minds of their own. They're a clever breed who need to have confident, take-charge owners who can stay one step ahead of them. They require a high level of activity and need a vigorous workout every day. They become destructive when they're bored or haven't been exercised enough. They often show aggression towards strangers and other animals, and will chase and nip at things that move like children, joggers, bicycles and cars.

Now for the pros: Well, there are none.

"As much as I love my Malinois, I really can't recommend them as pets," says Luciano. "What I do recommend is that you stick to German Shepherds. They're much more submissive and relaxed. And a German Shepherd makes a very good guard dog, because he has a natural tendency to protect his human family."

Belgian Malinois are working dogs and aren't happy unless they've got a real job to do. And the job they're best at is military and police work... not lounging with the kids in the family room.

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