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New barrier for biosecurity work

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/12/2016

There'll soon be a new barrier for visitors to the country trying to bring in banned food and products.

A beagle and a harrier hound, both of which are detector dogs with the Ministry of Primary Industries, were crossed to produce a litter of six puppies that officials hope will become a new super biosecurity dog.

"It's the first time anyone in the world has crossed a beagle and a harrier for detection work and we have very high expectations for this super-breed," said MPI's Brett Hickman.

"The idea is to combine the height of the harrier with the proven biosecurity qualities of the beagles we have been breeding for nearly 20 years. The result could be the perfect sniffing machine to keep unwanted pests out of New Zealand."

The new dogs will be about the size of a labrador.

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