Meet Chris, Ukraine’s Top Search And Rescue Dachshund

Chris is a dachshund who lives in Ukraine with his owner, Sergey Lukhin. He also happens to be a a champion rescue dog.

Dachshunds and their miniature counterparts were originally bred to scent, chase, and flush out burrow-dwelling animals such as badgers and rabbits, so while the tiny breed may seem like an odd choice for a rescuer at first, it actually makes a lot of sense.

Chris is a rescuer for the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and specializes in finding people under rubble. To ensure Chris is in top form, his owner constantly participates in rescue dog competitions throughout Ukraine and abroad.

Last year they traveled to Italy for the International Rescue Dog Organization (IRO) Championships and made a memorable showing as representatives of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Great work, doggo!