All but three of the adorable fluff balls will train to become official police dogs and have their booster injections today, having turned eight weeks old.
Inspector Jason Knight, 47, explained: ‘The puppies were born on Friday the 13th, which is unlucky for some, but not for us.
‘They don’t have names yet, but once they are homed, their new handlers will give them a name and start to train them.
‘At the moment, they are all very cheeky and similar to each other – they do like to chew on trouser legs and shoe laces and are great with visitors.’
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Straight after their jabs, the sable-coloured pups – pictured in their K9 training centre in Manchester – will begin their play-based training with their new handlers.
This involves activities like ‘playing tug of war with a rag’, which officers say begins their journey to tackling criminals down the line.
The pups, who arrived with the force five weeks after being born, will also be taken on trips to places like airports to get them used to public surroundings.
It is hoped the animals will go on to become general purpose dogs within the force.
Inspector Knight added: ‘It’s important to start socialising the dogs straight away so they won’t become fazed by any experiences while in public.
‘As a general purpose dog, the litter will deal with large scale disorder and crowd control and events such as football matches, and will also be able to track offenders down.‘An adult male German Shepherd weighs 30 to 40 kilos and has a top speed of 30mph.
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‘We want to train them to become bold, confident and socially acceptable dogs to carry out a very important job.’
After completing their training to become qualified PDs, the pups will work until they are around eight years old, when they will retire from duty.