Maximus (aka Max), a police dog handled by Vermont State Trooper Nicholas Arlington, based in Royalton, is slowly but surely winning over the internet with some rather adorable Instagram pictures.

Police dogs are known as invaluable members of the force, capable of taking down assailants, sniffing out narcotics and locating missing people.

And for all these reasons they have garnered a reputation for being tough and threatening - in many ways very different to a domesticated pet an animal lover would share their home with.

But despite all these conceptions, one German Shepherd is proving to the world that underneath their intimidating facade is dog like any other.

2. Misconception: Maximus is proving to the world that underneath the intimidating facade is dog like any other

Misconception: Maximus is proving to the world that underneath the intimidating facade is dog like any other

3. Popular: One photograph shows Max with a towel around his head. It has garnered 100 likes from online fans

Popular: One photograph shows Max with a towel around his head. It has garnered 100 likes from online fans

The images, all of which appear to have been taken by his handler, capture Max as a puppy and later in life as a fully-fledged crime-fighting K-9.

One picture shows the dog working on a computer. The image has been humorously captioned: 'Maximus doesn't like being interrupted while typing up his cases!'

Replying to the comment, a friend of the state trooper wrote: 'Ha! That's why your reports have been looking so good lately.'

Max is also photographed showing off his incredible discipline - a skill he no doubt picked up while training to be a police dog.

The picture shows the K-9 balancing seven dog biscuits on his nose. His handler has commented on the image saying: 'Not bad Max!!'

One of the more popular photographs shows Max with a towel around his head. It has garnered 100 likes from online fans.

6. The photographs capture Max as a puppy and later in life as a fully-fledged crime-fighting K-9

The photographs capture Max as a puppy and later in life as a fully-fledged crime-fighting K-9

7. Maximus boasts a little more than 800 Instagram followers and nearly 3,000 Facebook likes

Maximus boasts a little more than 800 Instagram followers and nearly 3,000 Facebook likes

Writing alongside the image, his handler said: 'After getting all wet I had to dry him off, and absolutely feel in love again. He's sooooo cute and very #photogenic.'

State Trooper Arlington also features in a couple of pictures with the dog. One shows Max hanging over the shoulder of the handler with his tongue out.

Despite the vast majority of photographs documenting Max's downtime, there are also a few that feature the K-9 at work.

A four-way image is one such example. It shows the dog barking loudly while looking menacing - a terrifying prospect for any would-be criminal.

8. Not to be messed with: One picture shows the dog at work and acts as a warning to any would-be criminals

Not to be messed with: One picture shows the dog at work and acts as a warning to any would-be criminals

As well as still frame shots, Max was recently caught on camera hilariously 'assisting' his handler wash a car in a video that later emerged on Facebook.

The short clip shows the excitable dog chasing the water being sprayed from a hose as hits a police vehicle.

Writing on Facebook, the state trooper said: 'It's a little warmer today, and a good chance to clean all that winter grime off your cars.

'If you can find a helper...'

10. Friends: State Trooper Arlington also features in a couple of images with the dog. One shows Max hanging over the shoulder of the handler with his tongue out

Friends: State Trooper Arlington also features in a couple of images with the dog. One shows Max hanging over the shoulder of the handler with his tongue out http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3461987/Maximus-adorable-police-dog-winning-Instagram-spare-time-don-t-mess-duty.html

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