CIA K9 Officer Boris the Labrador Retriever

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 has launched a series of stories about some of the most courageous dogs in the world: CIA K9 officers.

Check out of pages of active CIA K9 officers and those dogs who have been enshrined in the CIA 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.

CIA K9 Officer

NAME: Boris

BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


Hey there! My name is Boris. I’m a yellow Lab. I was born on Feb. 15, 2006, and I weigh about 67 pounds. I was brought up in a program called “Puppies Behind Bars.” My trainers there taught me how to sit and stay. On the weekends, I stayed with families that volunteered to look after me; I was with a new family each weekend. It got me used to people and children. I love being around people. And I especially like to play with kids who grab my tail.

When I was 1, I learned how to smell for explosive odors. I loved the training because I learned that when I found an explosive odor, I would get food. And … I love to eat! During the training, I met my partner, K-9 Officer Eric. We formed a wonderful friendship. Officer Eric and I learned how to work together; we are an excellent team. Officer Eric and I now work together at the CIA.

I love my house because it’s close to the Chesapeake Bay. One of my favorite things is to walk to the Bay and jump in. At first, I was scared to swim. But Officer Eric threw my favorite toy far out in the water. It would have drifted away if I didn’t jump in after it. I’m fearless now, and I often scare Officer Eric when I swim so far out in the water. I am a retriever after all!

When I sit around the house I always need my Redskins blanket near me, if it’s not hanging from my mouth. I love to play fetch with anyone who wants to play. Sometimes, I pretend that I am a tough dog. I will play bite and wrestle with Officer Eric and his friends, but I would never actually bite or hurt anybody.

I am lucky to have a cool job protecting people and a great partner who loves me. I get along with my fellow K-9’s at work, but I still think I’m the cutest of them all.

Source: CIA


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