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Military working dogs today have long history of heroism

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2013 – Working dogs form an important part of today’s military.

Dogs have been used in warfare by ancient Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Slavs, and Britons.  During the Roman Empire dogs were arranged in columns and wore armor and spiked collars.  Dogs were also used by Attila the Hun and Frederick the Great.  Napoleon chained dogs to the walls of Alexandria to warn of enemy attacks.  Dalmatians were used on the borders of Dalmatia to warn of Turkish attacks from Croatia.

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