Japanese cops get toy poodles

2011-11-29 13:50

Tokyo - Japanese police said on Tuesday they will be taking on two new recruits - a pair of toy poodles.

Two-year-old Fuga and one-year-old Karin have passed tests to become police canines for Tottori Prefecture Police, said a spokesperson.

"Their trainers thought the dogs had keen senses and responded exceptionally well to commands," the spokesperson said, acknowledging poodles were an unusual choice for police, who usually prefer larger breeds like Labradors.

He said the dogs would find employment searching for missing hikers in the mountainous prefecture.

Tottori prefecture, some 500km from Tokyo, does not have a full-time police canine force, and relies on about 20 privately owned dogs with special training to help with investigations when needed.