Pictured is “Tuko,” a 4 ½ month-old male Belgian Malinois K-9 pup. Sheriff Muller recently acquired the dog through a generous donation from the Tripwire Operations Group of Gettysburg, PA, for development and later use by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. When ready, Tuko will complement the Sheriff’s current K-9 Bomb Dog, “Allegra” which has been in service for the past several years.
The Malinois is a medium breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog classification. The breed is recognized in the United States under the name Belgian Malinois. Its name is the French word for Mechlinian which translates as “herder.” In Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and European Countries as well as the United States, the breed is used as a working dog for tasks including detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants (for arson investigation), and narcotics; tracking of humans for suspect apprehension in police work; and search and rescue missions.
The U.S. Secret Service uses the Malinois Dogs to guard the grounds of the White House and they are the second most commonly used K9 by the US military and Special Forces operations. A Belgian named “Cairo” accompanied SEAL Team Six in the operation that netted Osama bin Laden.
Trained well, Belgian Malinois are usually active, intelligent, friendly, protective, alert and hard-working. Belgian Malinois exhibit energy levels that are among the highest of all dog breeds.