Momo the Chihuahua has joined a Japanese police force after passing a rigorous exam. The long-haired, brown-and-white Chihuahua won't be tackling suspects, but she will be one of 32 new canine recruits helping with search and rescue.
Although most rescue dogs are German Shepherds, Momo the Chihuahua may be able to access places in disasters like earthquakes that other dogs can't reach because of their larger size.
Implications - A police spokesman from the western Japanese prefecture of Nara explains that although police Chihuahuas are rare, any breed of dog is able to be trained for police work in search and rescue. People may need to start giving pint-sized dogs a little more credit!