Bensalem policeman and K-9 partner to compete on new reality show

Charlotte Reese
December 08, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Bensalem Police Officer Robert Schwarting and his partner Bowie.

Courtesy of Officer Robert Schwarting


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Bucks County cop and his K-9 partner will be a part of a new A&E reality show.

Bensalem Police Officer Robert Schwarting and his partner, Bowie, are already known for their local competition wins with the U.S. Police Canine Association. "I've only had him and we competed the last three years, but we've had a lot of successes at those competitions," he said. "Actually this year, we won top dog at it."

Next month, they'll put their skills to the test on "America's Top Dog." 

Teams will go through ultimate K-9 obstacle courses. Each episode, one team will win a monetary prize towards their agency plus more for an animal charity of their choice. Then at the end of the series, the top teams will compete to find the best for a $25,000 grand prize.

Schwarting said Bowie, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, will stick out a bit, because police dogs usually weigh about 90 pounds.

"I think he just hit 50 pounds and he's carrying some weight right now," explained Schwarting, "so he's pretty tiny and I think that's pretty neat, and you'll get to see that on the show."

The pair were picked from more than a thousand teams. "'America's Top Dog' actually reached out to our agency initially," he recalled. "I don't know how they found us."

As Schwarting told it, there was little time for him and Bowie to prepare. "I didn't get the course until I was getting on the airplane to fly to L.A.," he said. "But when we got out there, it was way cooler than I could've expected."

Schwarting said while Bowie was crazy at first, he's now part of the family. "Pretty awesome to see how he's able to be such an aggressive dog at work," he shared, "then come home and be able to lay down with a 2-year-old."

According to Schwarting, when they selected Bowie, he already had that name, and his wife was a big David Bowie fan. As far as he's concerned, Bowie was meant to be a part of their family.

"America's Top Dog" debuts January 8, coincidentally on David Bowie's birthday.