Adorable rare breed Rocky is the latest recruit to join the ranks of canine crime-fighters at North Yorkshire Police.
The 11-week old English Shepherd pup has been donated to the force and is set to become a drugs or explosives sniffer dog.
“Rocky is believed to be the only English Shepherd police dog in the UK,” said Sgt Simon Whitby, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Dog Section.
“Once he has qualified, at around 12 to 14 months, he will be capable of sniffing out drugs or explosives and will become a valuable asset to the force.”
Rocky is in the ‘puppy-walking’ stage of his training, getting used to social situations like noisy traffic and crowds of people.
“During this time, his temperament and behaviour will be monitored to ensure he is suitable for the role of a police dog,” said Sgt Whitby. “At around eight to nine months of age, he will be teamed up with his permanent handler before he attends his formal training course.”
Rocky was gifted to the force by his breeder and is one of a litter of 10 born on January 28 in East Kilbride, Glasgow. His dad was imported from the USA and his mum is from the UK.