Beijing: Dogs are playing a key role in the Chinese armed forces with more than 10,000 canines currently working on various post-disaster search and rescue, and border patrol missions, according to an army official.

These dogs are currently serving in more than 5,000 army divisions, Wang Han, an official with the Beijing-based war dog breeding and training centre, said.

"In the past five years, our military working dogs have helped solve hundreds of cases. They have been playing a key role in the army that could not be replaced by modern technology or human efforts," a news agency quoted Wang as saying.

According to Wang, the country trains hundreds of war dogs each year for patrol, scout, sentry as well as drug and explosives detection work.