Officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan is located in South Asia and is the country with the fifth highest population. The country includes a coastline of 650 miles along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest and China in the far northeast. The countries’ economy is semi-industrialized and includes a well-integrated agriculture sector and growing services sector. The country includes three major geographic areas; the northern highlands (which includes five of the 14 peaks in the world over 8,000 meters), the Indus River plain and the Balochistan Plateau.
In addition to its geographic diversity, Pakistan has a lot of history. A closer look at the country is sure to turn up plenty of unique name possibilities, one of which may be just what you are looking for when naming your canine companion.
Pakistan Dog Names In Pop Culture
Seal Team Six, who killed Osama Bin Laden, included a Belgian Malinois by the name of Cairo. When a private ceremony was held honoring Seal Team Six, President Obama learned of Cairo’s participation and stated that he wanted to meet that dog. Fortunately, Cairo was close at hand in an adjoining room, where he had been muzzled at the Secret Service’s request. Upon hearing this, the Navy Seal Squadron Commander responded that he advised the President to bring treats. An article in the New Yorker details the raid and the role of Cairo as the team took down Bin Laden.
The official name of Team Six is the Naval Special Warfare Development Group or DEVGRU. During the raid, two Black Hawks transported 23 SEALS, a Pakistani-American translator and Cairo. Upon arrival, Cairo was to help in clearing the buildings, sniffing for bombs and booby-traps, searching for false walls or hidden doors where Bin Laden could be and/or help keep curious residents from becoming involved.
Things did not go as planned. One of the helicopters crashed outside of the walls of the compound. This led to Cairo, the translator and four SEALS closing off the perimeter of the house while six other SEALS headed indoors. The team patrolling the perimeter, including Cairo, did not encounter anything initially. After some time, a few Pakistanis came out to see what was going on and the translator encouraged them to go back to their homes, letting them know that a security operation was in progress.
Dogs like Cairo who engage in this work are trained at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, which is the only facility in the United States that currently trains dogs for military work. Dogs for this type of work are searched for worldwide with the dogs being assessed for the ability to accomplish the assigned mission. A Belgian Malinois like Cairo can run two times as fast as a human, making the dog a great asset should someone be trying to escape the compound. Mike Dowling, a former Marine Corps dog handler explained that the Navy SEALs took a dog on the raid for Bin Laden because “a dog’s brain is dominated by olfactory senses,” noting that a dog can have up to 225 million olfactory receptors in their nose. The part of their brain that is dedicated to scent is 40 times greater than the part of the brain focused on scent in a human.
Pakistan Dog Name Considerations
When you bring home a new canine companion, you want to come up with the perfect name for them. This may be an easy process for you…or not. It is likely you are seeking a name that you believe is a fit for your pooch while being something that you feel you won’t get tired of calling many times a day for years to come. If you are struggling to decide on a name for your pup, a way to find unique ideas is to look to a place in the world that you find interesting.
Take Pakistan, for example. Located in South Asia, the country has the world’s fifth largest population and is home to some of the world’s tallest mountains. If you embark on a virtual tour of the country, you will come across scores of possibilities for a unique moniker for your canine companion. Take a closer look at the cities and towns of the country, the unique landscape, its mountains, rivers and lakes, well-known people from the country and even popular foods.
When you “return”, take a look at your pup and their personality and decide on a name that feels like a match. With a name from Pakistan, every time you call for your pup, you will be reminded of this unique place.