There cannot be too many airlines in the world which dabble in dog breeding. Well, the Russian Aeroflot Airlines has its very own dog breeding centre, and a new dog breed has been developed by them for the sole purpose of having a drug and bomb-sniffing hound at the Moscow Airport.
So what is this new breed like? They are a unique breed – a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Turkmen Jackal. Before you lift your eyebrows in shock, it is worth mentioning that this rather unique combination took 27 years to perfect and the result is amazing! The Russian Aeroflot claims it has managed to produce the world’s greatest sniffer dog, by combining the genes of a Husky with a Jackal. Their breeders claim that they are much more effective than the Labradors or German Shepherds that are more commonly used in the West.
At first sight, they look much like a normal Husky, although they are a bit smaller and have a Jackal’s thick black whiskers. The Husky and Turkmen Jackal were picked for the breeding project because of their extremely keen noses. The former has evolved to sniff out the faintest odors in Arctic conditions when the deep cold suppresses smells, while the jackal has a nose more sensitive than its cousin, the domestic dog. Siberian Huskies are known for their obedience, while pure Jackals make poor working dogs.
A US Customs Labrador named “Snag” has made 118 drug seizures worth a canine record of $810 million. The greatest number of drug seizures by dogs ever made was recorded as 969 counts in 1988. IN ONE YEAR! The team of “Rocky” and “Barco” patrolled the Texas and Mexico border, alias “Cocaine Alley.” They were so good that Mexican drug lords put a price of $30,000 dollars on their heads. Labradors are known for their intelligence and their extremely well-developed sense of smell.