During the First World War, #dogs played an important role for…

During the First World War, #dogs played an important role for both sides. The Allies had an estimated 20,000 plus dogs, while the Central Powers (#Germany) utilized as many as 30,000 plus for various roles such as Messenger dogs, Patrol dogs and Sentry dogs during the War. As the War wore on, an important partner would help both sides, they were called “Red Cross dogs” also known as “Ambulance dogs” or “Mercy dogs” but firstly introduced and trained by the #Germans who called them” Sanitatshunde” (Sanitary)
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These dogs were trained to detect in silence (never to bark as it would alert the other side of its position) and help the injured by returning with either the wounded man’s helmet or some other part of his uniform to indicate that they had located someone in need while staying back and giving comfort to those that were dying.They were equipped with a saddlebag of medical supplies, holding food for both dog and man and in some cases a bottle of #liquor.
They were also used to bring medicine back and forth in the trenches.
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There were around 10,000 Red Cross dogs of many breeds #germanshepherds #boxers #Dobermans #airedales #collies #bulldogs #bloodhounds #retrievers #foxterriers that saw active duty during the First World War but purebreds didn’t have an advantage over mixed breeds as thousands were of the mixed variety.
What was of importance was that the dog displayed the proper character, good temper and disposition as well as good eyesight and a keen sense of smell. Ideally as well dogs of grayish or black in color were favored.
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Trench warfare in the front lines ended with World War One and with it went the necessity of ever to use Red Cross dogs again but only after being credited in saving countless lives.

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