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Staffordshire Bull Terrier qualifies as police dog

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A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of three dogs to complete their police dog training today and begin work with Staffordshire Police.

Police Dog Cooper became the force’s first ever Staffordshire Bull Terrier when he joined in March, after leaving an RSPCA rescue centre in the West Country.

He spent six weeks training alongside Archie and Barry. And of course, his breed is rather appropriate for the county.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers can have a bad reputation. Initially bred as fighting dogs, they are often thought of as vicious and aggressive. Yet, for every negative view, there is someone sticking up for them as affectionate and loyal - if they have the right training.

The force was keen to show what they're capable of.

Staffordshire Police are leading the way in showing that there’s more to this breed of dogs as Staffies seem to get an unfair reputation.

They’re showing that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and Cooper is a fine example of that, as he has surpassed all expectations with what he has learnt during the past six weeks.

– Lee Webb, Avon & Somerset Police

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Alongside Cooper, police dogs Archie and Barry also passed their dog training this morning.

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