I heard about a Nat'l Explorer documentary about dogs and the various dog breed roaming the Earth, and to my luck, I found out that Aeroflot has a custom dog breed! Inspired by the documentary, I took it upon myself to do a bit of research, here's what I've gathered so far:
(..)The Aeroflot's sniffer dogs service currently employs 40 hounds, with 20 patrolling various airports premises and checking out flights, and the other 20 honing their skills in training. Four-shift 24h patrolling duty is performed by 16 detectives and their dogs.
Aeroflot uses a unique dog breed: it is a crossing between the Arctic reindeer herding dog (laika) and the subtropical jackal, which has been a result of almost 30-year efforts of Klim Sulimov, Aeroflot's chief dog breeder.
The sniffer dogs are an additional security measure, used along with metal-detectors, introscopes, and all other security devices installed in the airport. However, where technology may fail -- the dog's nose is always up to the task, as the specially trained hound is more mobile and can squeeze in places normally hard to reach. The specialists believe that detecting explosives, in particular plastic explosives, remains an issue: that is why bio-detectors, that is sniffer dogs, are an essential weapon to ward off the danger. (..)
Aeroflot press release
BBC article with pictures
Pictures of the dog in mention:
Very interesting to say the least-has anybody in transit in Russia ever seen one of the aforementioned dogs?
[Edited 2007-09-02 03:27:04]