Key to Osama bin Laden’s hunt: A dog

Belgian Malinois K9 unit Police DogOsama bin Laden‘s hideout was raided by an elite force of US Navy Seals that resulted to his death but the key to that raid was probably a dog. NYT reports that the breed was most likely a German Shepherd or a Belgian Malinois.

According to Maj. William Roberts, commander of the Defense Department’s Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the dog could have sniffed the compound where Osama bin Laden was found hiding to find explosives or determined whether doors were booby-trapped. The dog also could have found anyone hiding inside the compound.

Another purpose for military dogs is to catch anyone escaping during a raid. A German Shepherd or a more agile Belgian Malinois can run twice as fast as humans.

German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois are top choices for military dogs because they have the best combination of speed, strength, courage, intelligence, endurance, keen sense of smell and adaptability to almost any climatic condition.

[Photo: A Belgian Malinois K9 Unit Police Dog via]