For the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, there is no better canine breed for sniffing out drugs than the Brittany. They are well known for always following their nose and having one of the most singular senses of smell in the dog world. When used for hunting out in the field, hunters are often amazed at the Brittany's ability to find lost or wounded birds that dive into the underbrush to hide. As many have come to find, it is better to let the laser focused Brittany find its quarry as it does not give up until what is lost is found.
Recognizing this keen set of traits, the RMCP set to using the Brittany in their drug sniffing dog programs. With the breed being one that loves to please, it quickly established itself as a reliable breed by excelling in the instruction and training exercises at an above average rate. Drug sniffing dogs are now a large part of slowing the flow of hidden illegal narcotics into Canada. No matter how tricky drug dealers think they are, they are no match for the drug sniffing Brittany. Handlers know that even if there appears to be nothing suspicious, it is best to wait until the Brittany gives the all clear. Should the drug sniffing dog detect even the smallest hint of something off kilter, he or she will not give up until they know for sure what it is.
The Brittany has also proved helpful in sniffing out explosives and finding survivors in disaster situations. They are of the perfect size and weight and do not fear venturing into precarious situations. Time and time again, their keen noses have saved the day using natural ability combined with great skill. These dogs are often used in traffic stops, airports, and at border crossings as a precautionary measure. The active Brittany's temperament is perfect for the task as they love the idea of not only being with handlers but being included in any type of activity. They thoroughly enjoy the reward of doing their job well and earning loads of praise.
Not only is the Brittany used for sniffing out drugs, its people oriented nature has made it useful for helping educate children on the danger of narcotics in various drug awareness programs. As these programs visit various schools, the Brittany interacts with kindergarten and elementary aged children with a wonderful ease that helps make an impression on young students. The Brittany is one that not only is unaffected by the curiosity of younger children but delights in being in their presence. Often, children are given time to pet the doting Brittany as police officers educate youngsters on the dangers of using drugs.