Top 13 World's Most Renowned Search and Rescue Dogs in History

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Several individual dogs of various breeds can be trained as search and rescue dogs. Search and rescue dogs are very useful in tracking or locating the exact locations of missing persons, dead people or people who were under the rubbles of collapsed buildi

Several individual dogs of various breeds can be trained as search and rescue dogs. Search and rescue dogs are very useful in tracking or locating the exact locations of missing persons, dead people or people who were under the rubbles of collapsed building due to earthquake, bombing or fire. These dogs are effective and efficient also in searching people buried in mudslides or landslides. Dogs are good swimmers and there have been numerous dogs that saved several lives from drowning.

1. Balto

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Breed: Siberian Husky

Birth date: 1919

Died: March 14, 1933

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Balto is a well known sled dog who was the lead dog on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome that relayed diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across Alaska to eradicate an epidemic. A statue was built for Balto in Central Park in New York. This historic run is commemorated by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He died at the age of 14.

2. Togo

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Breed: Siberian Husky

Birth date: October 1913

Died: December 5, 1929

Togo was the sled dog who led a dog sled team as they covered the longest distance in the 1925 relay of diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome in Alaska, USA to fight an epidemic.

3. Barry

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Breed: Saint Bernard

Birth date: 1800

Died: 1814

Barry is a popular rescue dog, who reportedly saved 40 people during his lifetime. His complete name is Barry der Menschenretter. Barry was a dog of a breed which was later called the St. Bernard because he worked as a mountain rescue dog for the Great St. Bernard Hospice in Switzerland. Barry predates the modern St. Bernard, and was lighter built than the modern breed.

4. Swansea Jack

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Breed: Newfoundland

Birth date: 1930

Died: October 1937

His first rescue occurred in June 1931, when he saved a 12-year-old boy and several other recue followed. Swansea Jack died in October 1937 after eating rat poison.

5. Appollo

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Breed: German Shepherd

Appollo was a search and rescue dog who worked at the World Trade Center after the 911 attacks. He was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animals' equivalent of the Victoria Cross, in recognition of the work done by all search and rescue dogs. About 350 search and rescue dogs work at the said tragic incident in world history.

6. Dakota

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Breed: Pit Bull

Dakota is a search and rescue dog who is well remembered in responding to more than 100 searches missions. He was also involved in the search for the astronauts that lost their lives in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003.

7. Aspen

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Breed: Golden Retriever

Aspen is a search-and-rescue dog who assisted in searching for survivors of the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City in the United States in 1995.

8. Dusty

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Breed: Airedale Terrier

Dusty is a popular dog that is well-remembered for finding a woman after she drove her car off the cliff above Nesika Beach in Oregon, USA on October 22, 2007. His owner then led rescuers to the site.

9. Gandalf

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Breed: Shiloh Shepherd

Gandalf is a black-colored search and rescue dog responsible for finding Michael Auberry, a missing boy scout in March 2007.

10. George

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Breed: Jack Russell Terrier

George is a heroic dog that shielded a group of children in Manaia, New Zealand from a pair of attacking Pit Bulls. Unfortunately, George was killed by the Pit Bulls.

11. Velvet

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Breed: Labrador Retriever

Velvet is black Labrador responsible for saving 3 mountain climbers stranded on Mount Hood in Oregon, USA in February 2007.

12. Taz

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Breed: German Shjepherd

Taz is a RCMP scent dog who led police to child abductor Randal Hopley in September 2011.

13. Mancs

Mancs is a famous rescue dog from Hungary. This dog is well-remembered for saving several lives.

See also

The 11 Best Guide Dogs in the World

The Most Successful and Important Water Rescue and Life Saving Dogs

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