11/22/2010 02:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Momo,' Chihuahua, Recruited For Japanese Police Search-And-Rescue Force (VIDEO)

In the world of Japan's police dogs, size does not matter.

The BBC is reporting that a tiny Chihuahua beat out several competing canines in the recruitment tests for one of Japan's search-and-rescue teams. Tiny Momo, or 'Peach,' was reportedly able to locate a person in a mere five minutes after sniffing their cap, and was chosen specifically for her size, which allows her to more adeptly navigate small areas during emergency operations, such as rescue efforts after earthquakes.

The seven-year-old Momo, who weighs less than 7 pounds, will begin work in January.

Watch video of the Chihuahua here: