What breeds can be SAR Dogs? Not every dog can do it. We need to be able to climb stairs and ladders. We have to be comfortable in the water. SAR Dogs must be able to safely walk around in the woods, even over fallen trees and logs.
Sometimes we have to climb on what's left of damaged homes. Because of what we need to do, smaller dogs just aren't right for the job of search and rescue.
Bloodhounds, Newfoundlands, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Rottweilers and mixed breeds make great SAR Dogs. Other breeds like Border Collies, Boxers, Corgis, Dobermans, Golden Retrievers, Labradoodles (that's a Labrador and a Poddle mix), Malinois, Schnauzers, Tervuren, Australian Cattle Dogs and even Poodles can do great work, too! Dogs with traits for sporting, working and herding are the top picks. Of course our temperament - that's the way we act - is more important than our breed.
You might be wondering, "What kind of dog is Hunter?" I'm a Bulldog and Chocolate Labrador Retriever Mix! I've got lots of spirit and energy to do my job and that's really important, but just like my handler Bob, I also have to be calm in stressful and changing situations. We SAR Dogs also have to be agile, adaptable and can't be afraid of loud noises.