Through the years, a number of different breeds have been tested for the MWD program. Currently, the German Shepherd,
and Belgian Malinois
have proven to be the best choices as the standard MWD for patrol and detection work.
However, other breeds such as the
, Labrador Retriever
and other sporting breed
dogs have been used in support of the Transportation Security Administration mission and one of the DoD’s newer canine capabilities, the Specialized Search Dog.