CIA K9 Officer Elgin 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: Elgin

BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


My name is Elgin. I am a yellow Lab and I weigh 72 pounds. I was born Sept. 23, 2003. Before I came to the CIA, I was training to become a guide dog for the blind. I went to school at the Seeing Eye Foundation twice. But I had a bad habit of chasing squirrels, and it got the best of me. My energy worked to my advantage at the next place I went for training: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. I joined the CIA in the summer of 2006.

After work, K-9 Officer Jim and I love to go home and relax. Sometimes I’ll steal socks out of the laundry basket to play with them. Exercise is important to me, so I’m always outside playing with the other K-9s or going on long walks. On the weekends, I look forward to sleeping in. But only until I feel like it’s time for everyone to wake up and play.

Source: CIA


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