There are many different breeds that are associated with KNPV. Some breeds of course are better suited then others just as some breeds are better suited to be helper dogs then other. In this article we will explain why the Belgian Malinois is best for KNPV then most other breeds.
First we will give you a little bit of history on dog training and KNPV. Back in the early 1900′s when people talked about a trained police dog, they mostly thought of the qualities of the dog’s smelling sense, a quality that was highly overestimated, leaving the dog’s ability to hear and bite was pretty much overlooked. As time went on it taught people that the protection abilities of a dog were also very important for actual police work too. Disappointed in not being able to create the perfect miracle dog that could find, track, and protect brought the realization that every dog breed is distinctive, and therefore, every breed is somewhat limited in what it can do. With this in mind trainers had to go about training a particular dog that fitted the breed best, however, the goal was always to pass the KNPV trial in discipline, tracking and protection.
Bouviers were one the first of the various breeds that were put to the many KNPV trial tests. Other breeds such as German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Dobermans, and Belgian Sheepdogs were also among the breeds tried in the KNPV tests. As most other breeds used declined over the years one breed stood out and received more and more titles each and every year, and that breed was the Belgian Malinois.
Belgian Malinois are the best fit when it comes to KNPV because they are naturally good strong willed, and genetically bread with sound nerves and are a much harder dog than most breeds. Amongst other breeds they are very intelligent and possesses a strong desire to work. Belgian Malinois are naturally protective of their owners but are known to be not overly aggressive. Each year there are 800-1000 dogs titled KNPV each year with 90% of them being Belgian Malinois with the exception of 1% being German Shepherds. There are only a few KNPV German Shepherd breeders in the world and CCK9 is proud to be one of only a couple in North America.
Remember that KNPV is a sporting title and a certification program for civilians to train dogs and not necessarily a title that is given to represent a personal protection dog. Personal protection dogs are specifically trained to protect and having a KNPV title is just a bonus to any qualified trained protection dog.