Landmine detection dogs for the Cambodian Mine Action Centre have delivered more than 20 puppies in a first for the organisation’s breeding efforts.
CMAC hailed the birth of the puppies as a success since Cambodia is aiming to breed their own landmine dogs and stop the purchase of the animals from European countries.
CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said three landmine detection dogs delivered 21 puppies in the past two weeks.
The puppies will become the next generation of landmine dogs.
“This is a new success for the breeding of landmine detection dogs in Cambodia,” Mr Ratana said. “Previously, people thought Cambodian dogs were not smart and could not serve for landmine detection, but this view is totally wrong.”
“This shows CMAC has the ability to breed landmine detection dogs on our own, and stop purchasing dogs or receiving donations from Germany, Belgium, Sweden or Bosnia,” he added.
Mr Ratana said CMAC trained 18 puppies born in Cambodia in late 2016 and early 2017. Of these, 14 passed tests to become landmine detection dogs.