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“We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern. Doesn’t scare children…”
…TSA Administrator David Pekoske tells the Washington Examiner that about 80% of the TSA’s 1,200 canines come from sporting or hunting breeds with floppy ears, including Labrador and golden retrievers, German shorthaired pointers, wirehaired pointers, and Vizslas.
They’re now preferred over the legendary German shepherds and Belgian Malinois with pointy or cone-shaped ears “because they’re just not as intimidating” in airport screenings.
Still, “the dog’s competence is most important,” meaning pointy-eared dogs won’t be automatically disqualified from future gigs. Some lucky pointy-eared dogs with high scores on health, odor detection, socialization, and disposition can still find lots of TSA work, but they’re more likely to be assigned to bomb-sniffing and specialized guard duty than be among the 400 dogs tasked with screening passengers.