Cairo is a highly intelligent and faithful dog. Many people wonder how much this military working dog is worth in terms of dollars and cents. Perhaps the best way to answer this question is with the old quote that goes something like “if you must ask, you can’t afford it.” Of course, this particular Top Dog would never be placed up for sale at any rate.
Cairo is the infamous dog hero who accompanied SEAL Team Six on their raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This heroic pooch was born and bred for the sole purpose of working as a Military Dog. These facts are what puts Cairo in an essentially priceless category, as it would take approximately $20,000 to purchase such a dog, if he were for sale.
As a puppy, Cairo spent many years training for the aforementioned duties. Similar to all
Superheroes, Cairo wears a “cape.” The latter in this case is essentially a custom designed coat of body armor, featuring a price tag of approximately $30,000.
Cairo’s customize working gear was developed to ensure that he would be bulletproof when working. Even though it does not give the dog the ability to scale tall buildings with one leap, it does enable him to record high-definition missions, hear through concrete, and obtain visuals, even in the dark of night.
The Navy Seals among other special forces throughout the various branches of service are high-ranking members of the military. They train long and hard to be the best at what they do. The dogs that are employed by the military for missions such as the one Cairo participated in are no different in this respect. Military dogs begin training at a very young age and there are currently over 2,500 dogs being used in positions such as the one Cairo holds with over 500 of these dogs being deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of these dogs is regarded as a full member of the military as a result of the work that they do.
Cairo is a Belgian Malinois dog, which is a breed that is similar to a German Shepherd with the notable difference of being slightly smaller and more compact. This means that dogs of this breed are more able to climb into small spaces like tunnels making them more effective at warning of unseen dangers.
Belgian Malinois dogs such as Cairo are used by a variety of military and police agencies around the world because of their high-ranking abilities as working dogs. Their coloring is generally light which makes them a good choice for different assignments because they are less prone to be adversely affected by the heat the way dogs of a darker color would be. In addition to military and police use these dogs are also used in rescue operations and to detect various different scents such as drugs and explosives just to name a few.
Dogs like Cairo have an average life span that is between 12 and 14 years and most dogs of this breed remain active throughout the majority of these years. Even with this life expectancy there are some medical issues that may appear in this breed such as cataracts, epilepsy, thyroid disease, pannus, hip dysplasia and PRA.
Belgian Malinois dogs can be quite friendly and playful particularly when they are young however they are also fiercely protective. When this breed of dog is trained such as Cairo has been trained they become very dangerous especially if encountered in a situation where they perceive a threat. This is what makes them such a good choice as work dogs for police and military agencies.