New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Breeding and Training


The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is dedicated to the research that contributes to the successful careers of detection dogs.

The first step is scientifically based and health-driven breeding decisions, selecting for traits that can be passed on to enhance performance and decreasing prevalence of traits that contribute to physical or behavioral impediments.

We have partnered with breeders, including private individuals, organizations and the Department of Homeland security, to bring in the best puppies into our training program, whether through our own litters or donations of outstanding puppies.

The second step is to optimize the early development of those puppies to maximize their genetic potential and prepare them for their careers.

Our research focuses on the predictors of success at all stages of development. We aim to identify the key genetic factors that provide the potential and the environmental components that allow those genetics to be translated into a successful detection dog.

A key feature of our program is recognizing that each dog’s innate talents can prepare it for a detection career, but not all detection careers are the same. We allow our dogs to “pick their career”, building on their strengths. Puppies entering our program boast a graduation rate of over 93%!

Learn more about donating a puppy to our program.

Working Dog Center Breeding Program Stats 
 Year Breeding
 2021Pinto (TSA/WDC) x Oso (Arizona Task Force One) - January 2021
 2019 Pinto (TSA/WDC) x Boomer (WDC/Puppies Behind Bars) - September 2019
2018Pacy (WDC) x Pete (Puppies Behind Bars) - April 2018
2017Ffoster (TSA) x Pancho (Deep Run Farms) - September 2017
 2017 Socks (WDC) x Pete (Puppies Behind Bars) - June 2017
2017Felony (WDC) x Hector (Vrijheid Dutch Shepherds) - May 2017
2016Pacy (WDC) x Packer (TSA/WDC) - July 2016 
 2016 Socks (WDC) x Ddolan (TSA) - June 2016 
 2015 Ffoster (TSA) x DaVinci (CCI) - June 2015
2014 Zzisa (TSA) x Ffisher (TSA) - June 2014
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