Charity training puppies to recognize diseases reveal first purpose-bred dogs

Trust me, I’m a dog beetle! Charity training of dogs to spot disease introduces first purpose-bred puppies qualified to detect disease, including Covid

  • Charity launched a new breeding program to create a litter of Bio Detection Dogs
  • Trained to find the smell of disease in samples such as urine, breath and sweat
  • Can detect cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including Parkinson’s
  • Medical Detection Dogs have unveiled their first set of specially bred puppies










A charity that trains dogs to detect life-threatening illnesses has revealed the first puppies are coming from its specialized breeding program.

The Buckinghamshire-based charity Medical Detection Dogs has been working since 2008 to create Bio Detection Dogs, trained to detect diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.

The charity, which has since trained their incredible dogs to detect the scent of Covid, launched its first-ever breeding program last year when Labrador Leia gave birth to three boys and three girls just before Christmas.

The six adorable puppies will save lives with their training, four of which will remain as Bio Detection Dogs at MMD in Milton Keynes, while Hershey and Max will be housed with other service dog charities in the UK.

The Buckinghamshire-based charity Medical Detection Dogs has unveiled the first puppies coming out of their specialist breeding program, training puppies to detect life-threatening illnesses. Volunteer Carolyne Mollon is pictured with two of the plan’s puppies

Pictured, LR: Alf, Poppy, Coco, Hershey, Imperial, Max from Medical Detection Dogs new breeding scheme

Pictured, LR: Alf, Poppy, Coco, Hershey, Imperial, Max from Medical Detection Dogs new breeding scheme

Puppy Supply and Training Manager, Chris Allen, said: ‘Finding puppies has been a challenge during the pandemic.

‘By starting our own breeding program, we can supplement our current dog supply routes.

“It will not be our only source and we will continue to gratefully accept donations and train rescue dogs, but it will allow us to continue training a steady supply of dogs to save lives.

“The puppies are already absolutely beautiful and genuine characters. We have one confident, one sensible and one brash – just like all brothers and sisters!’

The charity launched its first-ever breeding program last year when Labrador Leia (pictured) gave birth to three boys and three girls just before Christmas

The charity launched its first-ever breeding program last year when Labrador Leia (pictured) gave birth to three boys and three girls just before Christmas

The six cute puppies were photographed shortly after birth

Four will remain as Bio Detection Dogs at MMD in Milton Keynes and two will be housed with other service dog charities in the UK

The six adorable puppies, pictured shortly after birth, will save lives with their training, four of which will remain as Bio Detection Dogs at MMD in Milton Keynes and two will be rehomed to other service dog charities in the UK

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to save lives using their amazing sense of smell, with Bio Detection Dogs learning the smell of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and malaria in the charity’s training room.

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work with individuals with complex conditions such as type 1, PoTS and severe allergies to alert them when a medical emergency is imminent.

Recently, the charity has been training dogs to detect the smell of COVID-19 and they are now screening people in real life as part of their training.

Research by the charity in 2014 suggested that the dogs can sniff out scents from about one part per trillion — the equivalent of a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Meet the dogs! The puppies threaten life-threatening illnesses

Hershey

Hershey is a cute, beautiful girl with a light mottled yellow coat and as her name suggests – very sweet!

Very sociable and eager to please, she can’t help but turn heads with her expressive face and long eyelashes.

cocoa

From an early age, Coco was always at the forefront and always the first to explore new things. Very similar to her mother in looks and expressions. As a little pup, she kept going long after the others had crashed.

She loves a game of tug of war and is little more vocal than the others and extremely sweet. The puppy with endless energy!

roof rack (impy)

As a newborn, it seemed like he was missing because he was hiding under Mommy’s tail and you couldn’t tell him from hers.

He’s the shortest of stature with a fluffier coat, but he’s not a ‘mommy boy’ now and he’s full of spunk and enthusiasm and can certainly hold his own. Like Coco, he too wouldn’t be put off by new things.

Poppy

A beautiful pale yellow pup with very expressive sometimes droopy eyes, she was often the last to wake up and the first to fall asleep after playtime, often in Mum’s bed.

Though she’s happy to be part of the gang, she watches from a distance, thoughtful. Quiet but cheeky – Poppy is a thinker!

alpha

Alf was one of those who always went to the milk bar first and to a food item.

He often left his sisters to continue the action, but over the weeks turned out to be a smart kid who picked up on the basics of potty training with ease and is a sociable and hearty, fun-loving guy.

Max

Equally thick he enjoys the rough and tumble with his brother Alf. He often falls into a deep sleep on his back, snoring. He is always ‘in the middle’. The action man!

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