Dogs in warfare have a long history, dating back to ancient times. Their uses have varied and continue to exist today in modern warfare.
During much of World War I, dogs actively participated in aiding soldiers on the battlefront. From 1914 to 1918 about a million dogs died in action. Many different dog breeds were used during the war, but the most popular types of dogs were the Doberman Pinscher and the German Shepherd because of their medium size, intelligence, and ability to be trained easily. Others terrier breeds were also commonly used because of their small size.
Dogs were trained and used as scouts, sentries, trackers, and messengers that could easily maneuver throughout the trenches, from unit to unit. They were even trained to hunt and kill rats in the trenches to help prevent the spread of diseases.
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