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In the nineteenth century, the flatlands of Flanders in Belgium were found to have the best type of soil for growing flax, a plant used to make linen. The flax was of such good quality that the region came to depend on the crop as a vital part of its economy. Thusly, flax fields began to spring up everywhere along the countryside. It was then that the Laekenois also began to make its own appearance as the protector of these valuable flax fields. Day or night, their ferocious bark and tenacity proved the breed quite effective at keeping thieves and bandits at bay. [...]
Each type or breed of dog has been bred and developed to fill a particular niche for humans. This may be a very general job such as a companion dog's role, or it may be very practical such as a breed that has been developed as a gun or hunting dog, as a working dog or as a herding or flock guardian. Each breed, regardless of its size or abilities, has a special type of event or competition that they could, with work and practice, start to compete in. Some competitions will require that the dog be a registered purebred, while other events, typically the hunting and working trials, will be open to all dogs regardless of registry or lineage. Other events may be sponsored completely by one breed association and may be restricted to dogs that are registered through that group, club or association. [...]
The African Boerboel is still considered to be somewhat rare outside of its native South Africa, but the breed is quickly growing in both number and popularity thanks to its reputation as both a wonderful family dog and an effective guard dog. Not only does the Boerboel tend to respond well to all members of the family, taking directions not just from one master but from all the people in his household, but this tireless watchdog will change from doting playmate to fierce protector as soon as he perceives a threat, going to any length to protect his family. It is for this reason that the Boerboel is much loved for his ability to be a fearless watchdog. [...]
Police and military dogs are some of the most well trained canines found in any type of event, competition or working dog group. These dogs learn how to respond to their handler's commands even in life threatening situations such as gunfire, assault and pursuit. Dogs can be used in a variety of types of jobs within police and military work including tracking, suspect apprehension, drug detection, bomb detection and search and rescue teams.
Police dogs, often known by the term K9 units, are not considered to be just dogs, they are actual police officers in most police and military agencies. In some countries if a felon intentionally assaults, injures, attempts to kill or actually kills a police dog he or she could be subjected to the same legal consequences as if they had killed or injured a human police officer. In the same regards police dogs can earn citations and special awards for bravery, public service and service above the call of duty. [...]