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What breeds of dogs are trained to be cadaver dogs?

Question #146834. Asked by george48.
Last updated Jun 11 2019.
Originally posted Jun 04 2019 3:25 PM.

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Being that it's a matter of training, most any scent hound could reasonably be trained to be a cadaver dog.
While the majority are Labrador retrievers or German shepherds, for most handlers the breed of dog is far less important than finding a dog who has a good hunt drive, strong nerves and confidence.


Response last updated by elburcher on Jun 04 2019.
Jun 04 2019, 8:18 PM
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Cadaver dogs, AKA human remains detection dogs (HDR), are trained to detect the odor of decomposing bodies. Cadaver dogs must have high-drive, a good nose, focus, and an ability to work for extended periods of time.


Jun 05 2019, 1:42 PM
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Amazingly, there are also archeology dogs trained to find human remains that are hundreds or thousands of years old. A study (link to abstract below) showed that dogs could differentiate between human and animal bones with an accuracy of more than 90%. As I understand it, the field is still a new one.

Edit: missed the link.


Response last updated by akg1486 on Jun 11 2019.
Jun 11 2019, 1:32 PM
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