This is one of the cutest stories I have come across in a very long time and it’s official! Another toy poodle passes the police exam to become the first police detection dog in Kyoto, Japan. His name is Mochi and apparently he has been training for this big day for the past six months. And that’s not all. Mochi is not the only poodle to achieve this honor. Whereas most countries use German Shepards for their police dogs, Japan uses poodles. This is a beautiful story written by Phyllis M Daugherty for opposingviews.com. Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself!
It’s Official: Another Toy Poodle Passes the Police Dog Exam
After six months of official academy training, four-year-old Mochi, who weighs less than four pounds, passed his police dog exam last month, and will be sworn in as the Kyoto police department’s first sniffer dog. Mochi has been trained to detect drugs, explosives, and other odors, and will be used on a “case-by-case” basis…
In January 2011 two valiant female Toy Poodles, Karin and Fuga, joined the police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture as crime fighters, mirroring a growing trend in Japanese law-enforcement to enlist miniature canines.
Four-year-old, Mochi, who weighs less than four pounds, is considered small for a toy poodle, but his owner Naomi Yasuda say he has the same intelligence and courage as larger, more traditional law-enforcement canines. Mochi’s background check revealed training and experience as a therapy dog. He has spent the last few years providing affection and comfort to nursing home patients….
The emergence of the alternative breeds isn’t coincidence. Some police departments struggling to recruit and maintain large dogs recently amended rules that said tinier pups weren’t fit for duty. The small canine force may not be able to take down a big bad guy on the street, but they proved their worth in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami last year…Original Story Here.
It was a pleasant surprise to read the news about Mochi. I can imagine the headline, Its official: Another Toy Poodle Passes the Police Dog Exam! Great way to think outside the box and not go for the traditional larger guard dogs. The more I read about poodles the more impressed I am. Not just good pets, but good therapy dogs and now drug detection dogs. I want a Toy Poodle too!