Let’s take a moment to discuss how amazing dogs are. They honor and love us. Dogs teach us about life and ourselves. They are there for us in times of need. Some dogs even serve on the military or police forces. For these reasons and more, we love them deeply and unconditionally. Dogs are incredible creatures!

March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day. On this day, we honor the service and sacrifices of the American military and working dogs throughout history.

We value our military dogs!

Military and working dogs hold a special place in our hearts. They work hard to help us have a better life. They literally save lives! As valued members of K-9 units, they even have their own retirement ceremonies, awards and medals and memorial services.

Want to learn more about military working dogs?

Here are 10 facts about K-9 Military Vets:

1.   The American Humane Association estimates that a military dog saves between 150 to 200 service members during his tenure.

2.   K-9 units are used for sniffing out improvised explosive devices, locating weapon caches down-range, and guarding against the entry of illegal narcotics or substances into military installations.

3.   The vast majority of U.S. military working dogs in recent times are German and Dutch shepherds and Belgian Malinois.1

4.   Military dog handlers are an integral part of the care and training of the service dog.

5.   Some military dogs are trained to jump from helicopters and airplanes.2

6.   The US Army recommends handlers train with their dogs a minimum of 4 hours per week.

7.   A military working dog is likely to have more than one handler in his or her career.

8.   According to The US War Dogs Association, CIA K-9 Unit dogs work 60 hours a week, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.1

9.   Military dogs are usually two years old when they get to their respective units and can serve an average of 12 or 13 years.3

10. National K9 Veterans Day was selected because March 13, 1942, is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps.4

Like humans, dogs have a wide range of skills and expertise. Some dogs are excellent at running, guiding, and even sniffing out sticky situations. Other dogs are impeccable at cuddling and comforting. No matter what skill set a canine has, there’s something remarkable about each and every one of them. On March 13, please remember those dogs that have served our country. They are amazing creatures.


Don’t forget to use #NationalK9VeteransDay to post on social media to remind people about the many sacrifices these great dogs and their handlers have made.

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1 https://www.uswardogs.org/war-dog-history/types-war-dogs/