CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Dino the German Shepherd

Photo credit: CIA

While 4leggers has grown into a site that offers fact sheets, helpful tips, and feature stories about all four-legged mammals from household cats to mountain lions, bears, elephants and even mice, the foundation of 4leggers is our love of dogs.

To help educate the public about how important canines are to our everyday life, even though we often don’t know it, 4leggers is launching a series of stories about some of the most courageous dogs in the world. To kick off the series, we’re focusing on the best of the best: the retired working dogs of the K9 Corps of the Central Intelligence Agency who have been enshrined in the CIA’s K9 Hall of Fame.

If you know of any courageous dogs – whether working dogs or just a neighbor’s dog who saved a life or did something courageous – please contact us and we’ll follow up about doing a story: change [at] sherpamultimedia [dot] com.


NAME: Dino

BREED: German shepherd

SPECIALTY: tracking, protection, and explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


Hey everyone! I’m Dino. I am a German shepherd. I am the biggest K-9 at the CIA. I weigh 110 pounds! I was born in Europe. I came to the United States when I was still a puppy. Now, I am an expert in explosive detection, tracking, protection, and obedience. To me, working at the CIA is so much fun!

I love to talk, so I always let my partner, Officer Dennis, know when I sense that something is out of place. My job is very important to me. When I wake up in the morning, I wait by the front door until it’s time to leave for work.

At home, I love to play. I have a big toy box that I can dig through until I find just the right toy. I am very protective of my family. I sleep by the door, so I am the first to know if someone tries to get in.

Source: CIA


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