Maximus the police dog is an adorable social-media rock star

Max the police dog

He’s taking a bite out of crime.

Best known for their ruthless scowls and noses that can find anything from drugs to missing persons, police dogs have a reputation for their no-nonsense, intimidating presence. But one German shepherd named Maximus (aka Max) is showing the Internet that, behind those tough exteriors, K-9 cops are still just pups at heart.

Max’s handler, Vermont State Trooper Nicholas Arlington, has curated a rather strong social-media presence for his two-year-old partner. On Instagram, Max only has about 700 followers, but he’s tallied about 2,500 fans on Facebook who are completely charmed by his off-duty hijinks.

The only perp Max can’t catch is the water from the hose.

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Snacks, on the other hand, don’t stand a chance.

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Before Max was a finely tuned intimidation machine, he was a cuddly furball.

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While working the beat is where his heart is, Max understands that paperwork is a big part of policing.

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And Max always plays by the rules.

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But even if he looks like he’s the most chilled-out dog in town…

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…it’s best to remember that he’s got a job to do, and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of this:

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Photo via K-9 Maximus/Facebook

Feliks Garcia

Feliks Garcia

Feliks Garcia was a reporter and essayist whose work for the Daily Dot focused on social justice issues, internet culture, and the Rock. He was a staff writer for the Independent when he passed away in February 2017 after suffering a heart attack. He was 33.