A dog from Durham Police that "does not have what it takes" to become a canine unit is on the lookout for a new home. 

Griff, a 17-month-old German Shepherd, was training with Durham Constabulary for a career as a police dog.

But, the force has said that "sadly, he doesn’t have what it takes to become a police dog, but we think he has a key role to play as a valued member of someone’s family."

They said: "He is a young dog, with plenty of energy and would enjoy living with an active family where he will get lots of exercise and regular walks.

"The young pup is friendly and loves to play with other sociable dogs. He is crate trained and has lived both inside and outside."

Griff has plenty of experience with different environments such as roads, and noisy places, and travels well in vehicles.

He can pull a little on the leash, so some strong handling may be required.

Given his young age and breed he can sometimes be excitable and boisterous so can only be rehomed with older children.

Homes will be favoured to those who have previous experience with the German Shepherd breed and to those who are already on our rehoming list with a specific interest in Griff.

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The police are asking for a donation of £650. 

Anyone interested in offering Griff a new home, please email ann.younghusband@durham.police.uk for further information.

Home checks will need to be carried out before any rehome goes ahead.