What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Dwight D. Eisenhower , 34th President of the United States

Conan, The Military Dog Hero

Conan, the hero K9, has become an overnight sensation and for good reason. The military working dog, a Belgian Malinois, was part of the raid on October 26–27, 2019 that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a secretive Joint Special Operations Command in Syria. The malinois, is a medium-sized dog that packs a punch. They are an enthusiastic and quick dog with a natural tendency to be in motion. The malinois loves to work and has the stamina for it.  In addition to herding, they also do well with police work, search and rescue, and in performance events such as agility. Since they are high in energy,  it is highly recommended that those interested in getting this breed have experience with with dog training. We offer several training programs for dogs geared in personal protection and police K9s.

Quick Facts About Conan

  • Conan was assigned to1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, better known as Delta Force.

  • Conan was named after comedian Conan O’Brien and not the Barbarian, a senior Pentagon source told Newsweek.

  • The Belgian Shepherd was trained at Hondenadvies Centrum in Best, northwest of Eindhoven, and then sent to the US from Amsterdam to join the military.
  • Conan is reportedly a veteran of more than 50 missions.
  • Conan is reportedly slated to visit President Trump at the White House next week for his role in killing one of the world’s leading terrorists.

Should Conan receive a Purple Heart?

Although Conan has received high praise for the work and is expected to visit the White House, military working dogs are not eligible for the Purple Heart,” confirmed Department of Defense spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell. Many veterans believe President Donald Trump should award Conan with the award after Conan was injured while cornering the former head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up with a suicide vest during the raid. Conan was wounded after being exposed to live electrical cables but is now recovering and has returned to active duty, the Pentagon said Wednesday.