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India's Premier Counter-Terrorism Unit to Substitute Labradors with Belgian Malinois

India’s Premier Counter-Terrorism Unit to Substitute Labradors with Belgian Malinois

According to a report from the Indian Express, the National Security Guard (NSG) is currently integrating the formidable Belgian Malinois dog breed into its canine unit. This initiative involves gradually phasing out the Labrador squad in favor of the Belgian Malinois, known for its exceptional intelligence and vigilance.

Previously, NSG’s Labrador squad was primarily employed for sniffing and tracking tasks, while German Shepherds handled attack duties. However, the Belgian Malinois dogs are undergoing training to undertake all three roles—sniffing, tracking, and attacking.

Sources indicate that introducing the Malinois squad will bolster India’s elite counter-terrorism capabilities, with the dogs being trained to participate in anti-terror operations and hostage rescue missions.

Lieutenant Colonel R B Sharma, overseeing NSG’s K9 unit, stated that the training for the Belgian Malinois squad commenced in August 2023. He mentioned that the current canine unit comprises Labradors, cocker spaniels, and Belgian Malinois. Plans involve gradually retiring Labradors and focusing on Belgian Malinois as the primary breed.

Highlighting the superiority of Belgian Malinois over Labradors, Lt Col Sharma emphasized the former’s heightened alertness and versatility in tasks like attacking terrorists. He also noted that Labradors tend to fatigue quickly and seek affection, whereas Malinois exhibit a more professional demeanor.

Major Rishi, NSG’s chief dog trainer, praised the agility and trainability of the Malinois breed, citing their ability to follow laser beams for targeted retrieval tasks, which minimizes risks for soldiers.

The Belgian Malinois breed, favored by elite forces worldwide, including those from the US, Israel, Australia, and the UK, continues to gain traction for its remarkable performance in military and police operations.

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