CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Zoltan the Belgian Malinois

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: Zoltan

BREED: Belgian malinois

SPECIALTY: explosive detection



My name is Zoltan. I am a male Belgian Malinois.  I was born on Nov. 19, 1998, in Eastern Hungary.

I began training when I was a year old. I know three different languages: English, German, and Dutch.

I first worked as an Explosive Detection dog with the Cincinnati Bengal’s football team. But I was happy when I found out I was going to work with my new partner, K-9 Officer Mat, at the CIA.

When Officer Mat picked me up for the first time, I was really nervous. When I got to my new home, I met his wife, and my new mommy, Maria. I also met their family dog, Bailey, a little hot dog who likes to play a lot.

Officer Mat and I worked very hard during our training together. If I did what I was told, I would be rewarded with a lot of love and a tennis ball. I love tennis balls so much; I’ll even rip off my partner’s pocket to get to one. He gets so mad at me when I do that, but I just can’t help myself! My partner and I are together 24 hours a day. We have so much fun and he is my best friend. I will do anything to protect him.

I love working for the CIA and protecting the people who protect this great country.  

Source: CIA


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