Despite the Kentucky Free State’s attempts to portray itself as a high-tech nation, it cannot rely entirely on machinery. It makes extensive use of animals (specifically dogs) for military purposes . Some carry messages, some help in patrolling, some do guard duty, some are trained locate injured personnel , and others are draft animals – tasked with pulling or carrying supplies.
Several types of dogs are used. Not all dogs selected have to be large or strong – but all must be capable of being trained. The KFS has been fairly successful in establishing a number of breeds and the current “Military Dog” is a medium-to-large animal with good natural camouflage and an outstandingly loyal temperament. However, it is not the only type of dog used and some “Terrier” dogs are considered well-suited for “guard” and “first aid” roles.