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Russia to begin training Welsh Corgis as police K-9s

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Kelsey and Penny, a pair of Welsh Corgis. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Kelsey and Penny, a pair of Welsh Corgis. Credit: Wikimedia Commons


Moscow’s police canine unit is reportedly testing out a dog breed that most would expect to be unfit for police work – the Welsh Corgi.

The unit has two pups – a two month old and a six month old – preparing for a series of tests to determine if they are fit for service, according to RIA Novosti

The head of Moscow’s canine unit, Elena Haikova, said “They still need to grow, be trained and undergo every test.”

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The canine unit hopes to compare the Corgis with other medium sized and knee high breeds that are already assisting police.

Haikova believes that the low height of the dogs may prove useful for getting into tight spaces, or sniffing out objects such as bombs or contraband close to the ground.

At the same time she suspects “The dogs may buckle under the workload.”

The term “corgi” was derived from the Welsh Language – meaning “cur” or “dwarf” dog. The dogs have historically been used as “heeling” herding dogs because of their ability to nip at the ankles of cattle.

A Welsh folk legend says the dogs were a gift from woodland fairies who left their riding harnesses imprinted on their coat.

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The decision on whether to use the dogs or not will be made sometime next year after all of the tests have been completed.

 

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