October 1 is National Fire Pup Day and also National Black Dog Day!
Scroll over the image above to meet some of our black arson dogs. Here are some other fun facts:
- Dominant gene – black is the most common color of Labrador retriever.
- Mattie was the world’s first operational arson dog – the black lab began training in May 1986 and became operational in August 1986. Mattie retired in 1997 after 11 years of service with the Connecticut State Police.
- The first State Farm Arson Dog training class took place in February 1993. In that class, 4 of the 5 dogs trained were black Labs.
- Since 1993 State Farm has funded the acquisition and training of arson dogs, placing more than 360 teams with police and fire departments across North America.
- There are currently 91 active teams in the State Farm arson dog program. Of those teams, 49 of the dogs are black Labs.