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11 of the bravest dogs in history

May 23, 2011, 12:10 p.m.
An engraving of Moustache, the French army poodle

Photo: Wikipedia

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Moustache

Moustache, a black poodle, is perhaps the oddest addition to the list. Parts of his story are believed to be fictitious, but Moustache's fame spread far and wide, including a write-up in the New York Times.

His most accomplished moments are said to have occurred during the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, during which Moustache not only detected and cornered an Austrian spy (seen at left), but carried back the French flag to camp after losing a leg in an artillery blast. Moustache received a medal for his bravery and dedication.