|Manufacturer||RAAF Supply Flight Breeding Program Amberley|
|Role||Security of base assets and force multiplier in times of conflict|
|Based at||RAAF Bases across Australia including Pearce, Edinburgh, Richmond, Williamtown, Amberley, Townsville, Darwin and Tindal|
|Operated by||RAAF Security Police Military Working Dog Handlers|
|Crew||Military Working Dog Handler|
The two breeds currently used as Military Working Dogs are the German Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd Malinois. These dogs are sourced from within the Air Force’s own breeding program, donated by or purchased from the general public or purchased from overseas sources. Persons wishing to become military working dog handlers cannot bring their own dog with them into the military. Only a small percentage of domestic dogs are suitable for a life in the military and any dog that is suitable as a domestic pet is usually unsuitable as a military working dog.
Before a student handler is allocated a dog, that dog has undergone many months of intensive development and assessment. Staff at the dog training school, who have had many years experience, match the dogs with handlers to suit the dog and the handler’s characters.
Where possible, Military Working Dogs retire with their handler at the conclusion of their Air Force service. A number of checks are undertaken to ensure the dog can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement after their loyal service.
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