CIA K9 Officer Mal 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


BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


Hi! I am Mal (my name sounds a little like the word ‘mall’). I am a black Lab. I was born on Jan. 26, 2004. I started my training at The Seeing Eye, Inc. But I love to smell everything around me and investigate new odors. So, I changed jobs to one that was more my style. I went to train at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. I was trained to find explosives.

At home, I play football with Zowee, a Chocolate Lab. I love taking walks around my neighborhood with my partner, K-9 Officer David. I also love lazy days of sleeping in the sun and lounging by the pool.

Source: CIA


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