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Schoolkids to name next detector dogs

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/05/2016

Schoolchildren are being given the opportunity to name the students in New Zealand's next generation detector dog class.

However, there's one small catch. All the suggested names must begin with the letter G.

Biosecurity detector dog Aria gave birth to the six beagle puppies - three boys and three girls - in March, and the group have been collectively called the G-litter.

But before the floppy-eared pups can undergo intensive training, they need names.

The Ministry for Primary Industries started a competition on the Detector Dog page for schools across the country to name one of the soon-to-be biosecurity dogs.

MPI detection technology manager Brett Hickman says this is one way the ministry is promoting the importance of biosecurity to young children following the similar competition last year.

"The G-litter puppies have some very big paws to fill," he said.

More than 30 litters of beagles have been raised by MPI since they began breeding them as biosecurity animals 21 years ago.

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