'We're looking for a name beginning with M': Public asked for help naming biosecurity sniffer puppy

Biosecurity New Zealand wants help naming one of its new detector puppies.

Specially bred to sniff out fruit and other unwanted biosecurity items at airports and ports, the male beagle was born to working dogs Gale and Gina on March 5, along with six siblings.  

"We're looking for a name beginning with 'M', as the puppy is part of the M-litter - the 36th beagle litter we've produced under Biosecurity NZ's detector dog breeding programme," said detection technology manager Brett Hickman.

He said the programme produces sniffer dogs ideally suited for biosecurity.

The new sniffer puppy needs  a name starting with 'M'.
The new sniffer puppy needs a name starting with 'M'. Photo credit: Supplied

"Our beagles can detect a wide range of odours and they have a strong drive to find risk items. This makes them a valuable biosecurity tool, although by no means the only thing we use to protect New Zealand's borders from invasive pests and diseases."

Along with name suggestions, Biosecurity NZ is looking for volunteer foster families in Auckland and Hamilton to help the detector puppies get used to dealing with the public before they begin their formal training.

The public has until April 19 to send in their name suggestions through Biosecurity NZ's detector dog Facebook page.