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Dogs have long been involved in warfare, and their use on the battlefield goes back several thousand years. They were used in various capacities by the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks, and the Romans, and they're still used to this day as scouts, trackers, sentries, and mine detection dogs. Approximately 5,000 US military dogs served during the Vietnam War, and dogs have been in combat with US soldiers during every major conflict. In homage to these incredibly animals, Bored Panda has compiled this list of our favorite service dogs in action. Don't forget to vote for the best!

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A Puppy Saved From A Fire Becomes A Firefighter

A Puppy Saved From A Fire Becomes A Firefighter

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Leading by example- how to move past your set-backs and shine!

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Labrador Retriever Hawkeye Lays By The Casket During The Funeral Of His Owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson

Labrador Retriever Hawkeye Lays By The Casket During The Funeral Of His Owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson

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Soldier With His Dog

Soldier With His Dog

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I already know this is going to be one of those boredpanda lists that I am going to upvote without needing to even see it. Animals ROCK!

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Army Soldier And His Military Working Dog Jump Off The Ramp Of A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter

Army Soldier And His Military Working Dog Jump Off The Ramp Of A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter

Manuel J. Martinez Report

#5

Friends Till Death Do Us Part

Friends Till Death Do Us Part

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i'm pretty sure if it was the dog we would see that soldier at his dog grave too

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#6

By Your Side No Matter What

By Your Side No Matter What

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#7

A Police Dog And Its Trainer Practise Skipping At A Police Dog Training Base

A Police Dog And Its Trainer Practise Skipping At A Police Dog Training Base

VCG Report

#8

Tech Sgt. Andrew Montgomery Comforts His Dog Diesel Inside An Army UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Tech Sgt. Andrew Montgomery Comforts His Dog Diesel Inside An Army UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Spc. Harley Jelis Report

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ahhh.... still crying when i Watch the end of K9 With Belushi and his dog got shot and close to death...

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#9

Combat Tracker Dog Lex - Who Loves Attention - Enjoys Some Free Time With His Handler, Marine Lance Corporal, John Peeler

Combat Tracker Dog Lex - Who Loves Attention - Enjoys Some Free Time With His Handler, Marine Lance Corporal, John Peeler

Rebecca Frankel Report

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All it takes is a little bit of love and encouragement to fire me up!

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#10

A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

MikeSilver Report

#11

Military Paratrooper Dog

Military Paratrooper Dog

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#12

Military Dog In Training

Military Dog In Training

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#13

Police Dogs - Small And Grown Up - Line Up With At Roskilde Cathedral Where The Murdered Danish Police Officer, Jesper Jul, Receives A State Funeral

Police Dogs - Small And Grown Up - Line Up With At Roskilde Cathedral Where The Murdered Danish Police Officer, Jesper Jul, Receives A State Funeral

Ole Jensen - Corbis Report

#14

Service Dog On A Mission

Service Dog On A Mission

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#15

Naresh Kaushik With His Dog Queena After A Day Of Practice

Naresh Kaushik With His Dog Queena After A Day Of Practice

Hindustan Times Report

#16

Sleeping Together

Sleeping Together

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so glad doggie gets to fly first class! I'm sure he deserves it.

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#17

U.S. NAVY Petty Officer Blake Soller And His Military Working Dog Rico Pay Tribute To The National War Dog Cemetery

U.S. NAVY Petty Officer Blake Soller And His Military Working Dog Rico Pay Tribute To The National War Dog Cemetery

United States Government Works Report

#18

A Soldier And His Explosive Sniffing Dog Salute

A Soldier And His Explosive Sniffing Dog Salute

RAUL ARBOLEDA Report

#19

Senior Airman Tariq Russell Shakes The Paw Of His Partner

Senior Airman Tariq Russell Shakes The Paw Of His Partner

Dennis Hoffman Report

#20

Military Dog "Protecting" Sleeping Soldier At The Airport

Military Dog "Protecting" Sleeping Soldier At The Airport

majorchamp Report

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am sure the sleeping soldier loved the pictures once he saw them. I know, I would love to see my dog protecting my while I slept

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#21

This Is Corporal Kiddy. She Had Just Earned Her Retirement After 12 Years With The U.S. Marines

This Is Corporal Kiddy. She Had Just Earned Her Retirement After 12 Years With The U.S. Marines

Drewtw Report

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#23

Soldier With Her Dog

Soldier With Her Dog

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#24

Fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' Partner Figo Pays His Last Respects

Fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' Partner Figo Pays His Last Respects

Jonathan Palmer Report

#25

My Coworker With A New Military Attack Dog

My Coworker With A New Military Attack Dog

theskett Report

#26

Lucca, A Retired Us Marine Corp Dog, Has Been Awarded The PDSA Dickin Medal

Lucca, A Retired Us Marine Corp Dog, Has Been Awarded The PDSA Dickin Medal

PDSA Report

#27

Sgt. Mark Bush Gets Affectionately Licked By His Dog, Xarius

Sgt. Mark Bush Gets Affectionately Licked By His Dog, Xarius

Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock Report

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Kjorn
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

people find it disgusting but i love when my dog does that. feel the bond

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#28

My Military Working Dog Getting Ready To Bring The Heat

My Military Working Dog Getting Ready To Bring The Heat

Dreadwraught Report

#29

Police Dog And His Handler

Police Dog And His Handler

Patrick Sjöö Report

#30

Sergeant Bourgeois Clips Oopey’s Toenails Before A Mission In Afghanistan

Sergeant Bourgeois Clips Oopey’s Toenails Before A Mission In Afghanistan

Adam Ferguson Report

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish my dog would stay that still and let me clip his nails

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#32

Lucca Visiting A Veteran At Walter Reed

Lucca Visiting A Veteran At Walter Reed

Lucca K458 Report

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A Dog Handler Gives His Military Working Dog, Rroger, A Drink From His Own Water Source

A Dog Handler Gives His Military Working Dog, Rroger, A Drink From His Own Water Source

Cpl. Rebekka S. Heite Report

#34

Marine Carries His Partner Back To The Kennels After A Grueling Two-Hour Search

Marine Carries His Partner Back To The Kennels After A Grueling Two-Hour Search

Lucca K458 Report

#35

Policeman Trains Their Dogs At Wanbei Police Dog Training Ceter In Anhui Province

Policeman Trains Their Dogs At Wanbei Police Dog Training Ceter In Anhui Province

VCG Report

#36

Kally Works With His Partner, Lance Cpl. Sam Enriquez, During A Night Training Operation

Kally Works With His Partner, Lance Cpl. Sam Enriquez, During A Night Training Operation

Cpl. Aaron Diamant Report

#37

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, An Improvised Explosive Device Dog Handler, Jokes With Afghan Children

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, An Improvised Explosive Device Dog Handler, Jokes With Afghan Children

Cpl. Reece Lodder Report

#38

Specialized Search Dog Lucca Hanging Out With Some Of Her Friends In Iraq

Specialized Search Dog Lucca Hanging Out With Some Of Her Friends In Iraq

LuccaK458 Report

#39

Labrador Retrievers Work Alongside Marines In Afghanistan To Help Sniff Out Improvised Explosive Devices And Other Explosives

Labrador Retrievers Work Alongside Marines In Afghanistan To Help Sniff Out Improvised Explosive Devices And Other Explosives

Official USMC Report

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman Hoists With A U.S. Army Tactical Explosive Detection Dog

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman Hoists With A U.S. Army Tactical Explosive Detection Dog

U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos Report

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#42

Wilbur, A U.S. Marine Corps Military Working Dog With A Marine Special Operations Team

Wilbur, A U.S. Marine Corps Military Working Dog With A Marine Special Operations Team

Sgt. Pete Thibodeau Report

#43

Spc. Chavez And MWD Anouska Returning From Afghanistan

Spc. Chavez And MWD Anouska Returning From Afghanistan

Task Force Spartan Report

#44

Military Police U.S. Marines Relaxes With Their Bomb Sniffer Dogs

Military Police U.S. Marines Relaxes With Their Bomb Sniffer Dogs

CHRISTOPHE SIMON Report

#45

First Day Of Work

First Day Of Work

NNPD Bloodhounds Report

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Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 8th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break From Validation Training With Iian, 8th Sfs Military Working Dog

Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 8th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break From Validation Training With Iian, 8th Sfs Military Working Dog

Senior Airman Brittany Bateman Report

#48

British Soldier From The Royal Army Veterinary Corp LCPL Marianne Hay And Her Arms And Explosive Search Dog, Leanna

British Soldier From The Royal Army Veterinary Corp LCPL Marianne Hay And Her Arms And Explosive Search Dog, Leanna

Marco Di Lauro Report

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Seven-Week-Old Belgian Malinois Puppies Exercise At Lackland Air Force Base Months Before Their Training Starts

Seven-Week-Old Belgian Malinois Puppies Exercise At Lackland Air Force Base Months Before Their Training Starts

Adam Ferguson Report

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dog training must be such a nice activity for the soldiers!

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U.S. Army Specialist Justin Coletti Of Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Combat Tracker Team Resting With Dasty, A Belgian Malinois At An Airfield

U.S. Army Specialist Justin Coletti Of Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Combat Tracker Team Resting With Dasty, A Belgian Malinois At An Airfield

ROMEO GACAD Report

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Cpl. Amy-Jane Harrop, A Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break In The Shade With Her Dog, Troy, In Afghanistan

Cpl. Amy-Jane Harrop, A Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break In The Shade With Her Dog, Troy, In Afghanistan

BritishArmy Report

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#52

Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza Pets His Military Working Dog, Rico, Wearing "Doggles," During Training Aboard A Helicopter

Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza Pets His Military Working Dog, Rico, Wearing "Doggles," During Training Aboard A Helicopter

U.S. Air Force Report

#53

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click Shares A moment With His Dog Windy While Waiting To Resume A Security Patrol

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click Shares A moment With His Dog Windy While Waiting To Resume A Security Patrol

Cpl. Reece Lodder Report

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Sgt. Kevin Reese And His Military Working Dog Grek Wait At A Safe House Before Conducting An Assault Against Insurgents In Buhriz, Iraq

Sgt. Kevin Reese And His Military Working Dog Grek Wait At A Safe House Before Conducting An Assault Against Insurgents In Buhriz, Iraq

Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall Report

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#56

A Member Of The German Lutfwaffe Gets A Lick From Candy, A 15-Week Old German Shepherd Who Will Be Trained To Detect Explosives

A Member Of The German Lutfwaffe Gets A Lick From Candy, A 15-Week Old German Shepherd Who Will Be Trained To Detect Explosives

Sean Gallup Report

#57

A Belarussian Military Dog Rides A Platform

A Belarussian Military Dog Rides A Platform

Viktor Drachev Report

#58

Soldier And His Service Dog

Soldier And His Service Dog

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#59

Meet Xxcalliber! Few Month Old Military Working Pup

Meet Xxcalliber! Few Month Old Military Working Pup

Vega71 Report

#60

A Marine Embraces His Military Working Dog

A Marine Embraces His Military Working Dog

Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young Report

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like doggy is in for a kiss... that's definitely what I'd be doing

#61

A Belarusian Military Instructor Trains Her Dog In A Frontier Guards' Cynology Centre Near Minsk

A Belarusian Military Instructor Trains Her Dog In A Frontier Guards' Cynology Centre Near Minsk

Vasily Fedosenko Report

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U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga Of The Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Unit, Sleeping With Zzarr, A 6-Year Old Dutch Shepherd

U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga Of The Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Unit, Sleeping With Zzarr, A 6-Year Old Dutch Shepherd

ROMEO GACAD Report

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#63

Senior Airman Gregory Darby, A Military Working Dog Handler, Shares A Quiet Moment With His Dog Mack

Senior Airman Gregory Darby, A Military Working Dog Handler, Shares A Quiet Moment With His Dog Mack

Staff Sgt Stan Parker Report

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A Military Working Dog Plays With Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky

A Military Working Dog Plays With Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky

Perry Aston Report

#65

Dogs Are Being Trained For Special Operations In Turkey, Nevsehir

Dogs Are Being Trained For Special Operations In Turkey, Nevsehir

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol... it just looks like everyone's just having a grand ol' time... including the trainers!

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#66

Luca, A Military Working Dog With 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Luca, A Military Working Dog With 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Sgt. Michael Needham Report

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Rangers From Headquarters And Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, And A Multi-Purpose Canine Pause During A Nighttime Combat Mission In Afghanistan

Rangers From Headquarters And Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, And A Multi-Purpose Canine Pause During A Nighttime Combat Mission In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Photo Report

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Sgt. John Barton Pets His Platoon's Pet Dog Ray-Ray

Sgt. John Barton Pets His Platoon's Pet Dog Ray-Ray

Chris Hondros Report

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In Afghanistan A Helicopter Transports An Ied-Detecting Belgian Malinois Named Oopey, Sitting Next To His Handler

In Afghanistan A Helicopter Transports An Ied-Detecting Belgian Malinois Named Oopey, Sitting Next To His Handler

Adam Ferguson Report

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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody Whitis A Military Working Dog Handler And His Dog Gracie Rest At Forward Operating Base Geronimo Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody Whitis A Military Working Dog Handler And His Dog Gracie Rest At Forward Operating Base Geronimo Afghanistan

Sgt. Earnest Barnes Report

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#71

U.S. Army Sgt. Bethzabe Delgado, Right, Prepares A Dog To Receive An Iv During A Subject Matter Expert Exchange For Military And Police Dog Handlers In Tumaco, Colombia

U.S. Army Sgt. Bethzabe Delgado, Right, Prepares A Dog To Receive An Iv During A Subject Matter Expert Exchange For Military And Police Dog Handlers In Tumaco, Colombia

United States Government Work Report

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson, 3rd Infantry Division Military Working Dog Handler, Practices Placement Training With Her Dog, Chrach

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson, 3rd Infantry Division Military Working Dog Handler, Practices Placement Training With Her Dog, Chrach

U.S. Air Force Report

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U.S. Air Force Working Dog

U.S. Air Force Working Dog

Alex Kirk Amen Report

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A U.S. Navy Seal Military Working Dog While On A Training Exercise

A U.S. Navy Seal Military Working Dog While On A Training Exercise

United States Navy SEALs Report

#75

Bassie Practices Rappelling From A Roof And Leaping Through A Window To Confront An Enemy, Reducing The Risk To The Men Who Follow

Bassie Practices Rappelling From A Roof And Leaping Through A Window To Confront An Enemy, Reducing The Risk To The Men Who Follow

Adam Ferguson Report

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5 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And this is why I could never be part of the K-9 team; my instinct is to go first and shield my dog, not the other way around. And of course, their instinct is the opposite, so it could get cartoonishly ridiculous...each trying to get in front of the other.

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Erica Mcrell, 7th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Trainer, With Her Colleague

Erica Mcrell, 7th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Trainer, With Her Colleague

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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl Tyler Hoffman And His Military Working Dog, Khaki, Perform A Routine Security Halt In A Field During A Patrol In Marjah, Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl Tyler Hoffman And His Military Working Dog, Khaki, Perform A Routine Security Halt In A Field During A Patrol In Marjah, Afghanistan

Sgt Albert J. Carls Report