Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

To protect Australia's borders and foster lawful trade and travel.

Where do detector dogs come from?

Dogs are bred at the National Detector Dog Training Facility from carefully selected brood stock.

To date the breeding program has been responsible for the birth of over 2500 Labrador Retrievers.

Breeding Program

The Labrador Retriever was chosen for its focus, versatility, temperament, strong hunt and retrieve drives and friendly and non-threatening disposition.

Dogs are placed in foster care homes from the age of eight weeks until they are between 12 and 15 months.

Foster carers not only provide a stable and nurturing home, they also provide important socialisation and development opportunities for each dog.

Detector Dog Program staff guide and support the work performed by foster carers and ensure that each dog is given every opportunity to reach its genetic potential.