An overwhelming majority of explosives detection dogs in the U.S. --whether they work in law enforcement, private security, or government-- are sourced from overseas. AKC’s PPP is actively working to combat this issue. PPP provides one-on-one assistance to breeders/puppy raisers of Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP) interested in learning how to raise a puppy suitable for sale/placement in advanced training as a detection dog. These two breeds are known for reliable temperaments in public settings, high energy, and strong hunting drive and have become the most sought after for explosives detection work.
We encourage you to learn more about these programs and ways you can participate through advocacy, education, or even raising a future detection dog hero from your own breeding program! Please feel free to share our new documents with those interested in helping to alleviate the shortage of domestically bred, trained and raised detection dogs.