National Pet Day 2022: Famous Indian Police pet dogs who are known for their keen nose, tracking skills and bravery

11 Apr, 2022
National Pet Day 2022: Famous Indian Police pet dogs who are known for their keen nose, tracking skills and bravery

National Pet Day is celebrated every year on April 11 to mark the happiness that pets bring in your life and cherish the bond between people and their pets. A pet is someone who can bring you out from your deepest darkness, make you smile and be happy everytime they see you.

Dogs are among the most loyal pets in the entire world. But they are not only just loyal. They have saved people’s lives on multiple occasions. Because of this many Police academies train dogs and take their help in many cases, like finding bombs, chasing criminals, finding dead bodies etc. 

Let’s take a look at some of these famous Police dogs who have made their name by displaying utmost bravery.


Zanjeer was a Labrador Retriever who served as a detection dog with the Mumbai Police in Maharashtra state of India. Due to his impeccable service detecting many explosives and other weapons in particular during the 1993 Mumbai bombings, he was honoured with a full state funeral.

Zanjeer was trained at the Dog Training Centre of the Criminal Investigation Department at Shivaji Nagar in Pune, India. He joined the Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad on 29 December 1992 and was handled by Ganesh Andale and V G Rajput.

He developed bone cancer and died 16 November 2000 as a result. 


The Canine Club of India, a government agency, which supplies pups to state police as well as paramilitary forces across the country, gave Tiger the police dog, to the UP police in 2003, when he was 11 months old. He was trained in a 36-week training module that included tracking, explosive detection, narcotics detection, search and rescue and guard training, at the Border Security Force’s prestigious National Training Centre for Dogs in Tekanpur, a town in Madhya Pradesh.

He helped the Police force in many cases like finding the body of a child in the depths of a mini-canal and tracking criminals deep in the jungle. With his hardwork and talent he was awarded the rank of deputy superintendent of police which is the highest rank a police dog could have.

At the time of his death he was wrapped in the national flag and was given the traditional guard of honour.

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Thenga is a mongrel, or an Indian pariah dog — the first to be officially recruited by the Uttarakhand government to help police detect explosives and narcotics and track missing persons. Thenga was chosen to track because, what the other dogs took months to master, he learned in 20 days.

After his training, he will be tasked with tracking missing persons as well as rescuing people in disaster situations. His trainers will have to move with him.


She was bought for Rs. 5,000 from a local dog breeder in 2002. She was just seven months old. She was considered to be the "most friendly" canine. Her sharp olfactory senses helped nab many hardened criminals and curb narcotics smuggling in the city.

She was the only female Doberman in the head unit of the city's dog squad in Model Town in north Delhi which has 14 more dogs which were all Labradors. She has also assisted in the training of several other dogs before their induction. Anu was the star of several dog shows when she was young and had won many awards for her intelligence and agility. While age has slowed her down, it has failed to affect the winner in her.


Jack is one of the nine fully-trained members of the K9 Squad of Pune Police force who have been helping the cops crack cases. Jack is a Doberman who helped track down a murderer’s location in the Chakan murder case, along with his handler PN Boyane. 

A man wanted for rape and murder was also arrested within four to five hours after the victim’s body was discovered with the help of the Pune police dog squad member Jack.

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