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By Stephen Paul Stewart

Army operating canines are silently successful the conflict opposed to the world's deadliest insurgents; day by day saving soldiers' lives within the most deadly kingdom on this planet. Many were rescue animals, overlooked or mistreated by means of their proprietors earlier than being given a brand new rent of existence at the entrance line. From the featureless plains of Helmand and Kandahar to army bases in Germany, military puppy groups paintings day and evening to maintain us secure yet, till lately, their braveness and sacrifice has no longer been totally understood or liked.

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It was bred in three sizes so it could work in any type of terrain. The Grande dog was developed in south central Portugal to hunt in open areas where speed is important. The Medio, being a smaller and more maneuverable dog, was found farther north where there is more cover for game. The smallest, the Pequeno, hunts in very dense undergrowth that would be too difficult for larger dogs to work in effectively. to control vermin during the voyages. On reaching new lands, the dogs were put back to their usual work.

Bursting with energy but easily trained and affectionate, the Shetland Sheepdog adapts well to family life and is a loyal pet. Regular grooming sessions are necessary to maintain the beautiful coat. Black and white Close-set ears Long, thick coat Tricolor Black rim around eyes Smooth hair on face Longhaired tail Dense mane Briard HEIGHT 23–27in (58–69cm) WEIGHT 77lb (35kg) LIFE SPAN Over 10 years In its native country this large and lively French breed works as a herder and guarder of sheep. Bold and protective, but not aggressive, the Briard is an excellent family companion if given regular exercise and room to run and play.

An ancestry that includes the dingo has, however, made the breed naturally suspicious of strangers. Bred to work strenuous days and cover long distances, it requires plenty of exercise. Ideally, the dog needs firm handling and work to make use of its mental and physical energy, otherwise it will become bored and stubborn. Training is not difficult because the dog is highly intelligent and willing to please; it excels in herding, obedience, and agility activities. Long, broad, muscular hindquarters Low-set tail hangs in a slight curve Coat longer and thicker on neck Red speckle 62 Round feet with strong, arched toes WORKING DOGS Drop ears Pronounced stop PUPPY Tan markings on throat Blue LONGEST-LIVED DOG Australian Cattle Dogs are known for being robust and healthy—but one, called Bluey, holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-lived dog.

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