Meet the tough and adorable K-9 officers of the Asheville Police Department

Yago,{ } is a nearly 5-year-old Belgian Malinois. Here he’s seen with his handler{ }Senior Police Officer Scott Muse. (Photo credit: Asheville Police Department)

Some of Asheville Police Department’s K-9 officers were busy Wednesday learning how to take a “bite” out of crime.

Merlin, an 8-year-old Labrador Retriever is the department’s veteran K-9. He joined APD six years ago, and is the department’s only dog that specializes in detecting explosive devices, according to APD spokesperson Christina Hallingse.

Boss is a 4-and-a-half-year-old German Shephard and Yago is a nearly 5-year-old Belgian Malinois. Both have been with the department for four years. In the video below, Senior Police Officer Scott Muse releases Yago, who races towards Senior Police Officer Wilson Bunn.

The three K-9 officers trained on Wednesday to search for drugs/drug paraphernalia and practiced biting techniques. Merlin also focused on searching for explosive material.

The department has a total of five K-9 officers. All except for Merlin are patrol dogs. Hallingse said this means they specialize in narcotics location, tracking and suspect apprehension.

Zander and Zarr round out the four-legged officers. Zander, 5, is a Belgian Malinois and has been on the job for four months. Zarr, 4, is a German Shepherd and has been with APD for five years.

And of course, they are all indeed good dogs.