These dogs do everything from assist with patrolling to search for explosives or missing persons. The dogs trained here are used both for the military and the police.
Every year, selected dogs produce 35-40 litters of German Shepherd puppies. (It's important to note that Sweden does not have the same problem with overpopulation of dogs as the US. If they didn't breed working dogs, there wouldn't be any working dogs.)
Sixteen people work full time with planning the breeding, caring for the dogs, finding foster homes, and so on. From these puppies, the most suitable are chosen. They go to foster homes when they're between 8 and 10 weeks old, and they stay in the foster home until they're a year and a half.
Don't worry; the puppies not chosen for service are placed in good homes.
At eighteen months, the dogs are considered old enough to go through a suitability test. This test makes sure the dog is stable and mentally suited to perform at the level needed. Each year around 250 dogs go through the test, and around 60 will move on to training.
Most of the dogs that don't get approved stay with their foster homes, or go to another good home. There are usually more people wanting dogs than dogs available.
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