The Finnish police have approximately 250 dogs. There are approximately 230 police dog handlers, which means that one handler can have several dogs when one dog is nearing retirement and the handler is training its replacement. Every police dog in Finland is procured and owned by the Police Dog Training Centre.
The police have both patrol dogs and specialist dogs. The most common police dog breeds are Malinois dogs and German Shepherds. Hunting breeds such as English Springer Spaniels and Labrador Retrievers are also trained as specialist dogs.