When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, last week for a highly publized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.
German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappeling operations often taken by SEAL teams.
Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world.
Like their counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, skilled, motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym). The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell at 40 times greater than a human’s, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive and hostile or hiding humans.
The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.
Check out this site: U.S. war dogs association http://www.uswardogs.org/