National K9 Veterans Day falls on March 13th, because on March 13, 1942, the United States Army K9 Corps was formed. In honor of National K9 Veterans Day, here are five things you may not know about hard-working and loyal military dogs.
1.) There are approximately 2,500 war and military dogs in the service today, with nearly a third of those dogs serving overseas.
2.) Military dogs tend to include breeds, such as the German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and the Belgian Malinois.
3.) War dogs form remarkable bonds with their handlers. In fact, the dogs mourn the loss of their handler and are deeply saddened in the event their handler passes away.
4.) Only half of the dogs make it through the gruesome training.
5.) Like humans, military dogs can get PTSD.
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