Long before dogs became your trusted confidant, weekend companion, and all around best friend, they were putting their superior skills to work. Some of the world’s most intelligent dog breeds performed as lifeguards, hunters, and even artists. Centuries later, these canines have used their undeniable cuteness to create lucrative careers for themselves and their owners.
These next 15 dog jobs are tailor-made for hounds with a purpose. As you’ll see, some of these crazy pooches make thousands putting their assets to work.
A dog’s sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a humans. People have long enlisted the help of a dog’s nose to detect everything from bombs to bedbugs to contraband in prisons. Cadaver dogs are trained to locate decomposing human remains.
Apollo, for example, was a fearless NYPD German shepherd and one of the first dogs to learn search and rescue. He was awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest honor for animals in war, for his work as a first responder to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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