The problem with Hollywood making a dog breed popular – Part 2

The problem with Hollywood making a dog popular is Hollywood doesn’t! The public does. They see the perfectly trained dogs doing amazing things and even if represented as misbehavior people think they want one without looking at the breed requirements. A dog portrayed badly in the movies doesn’t generate nearly the draw as one portrayed well. Compare the Chihuahua or Dalmatian to the Dogue de Bordeaux. When “Hooch” was portrayed as an unruly monster that ate through anything in the home it isn’t nearly as appealing as the perfectly behaved Dalmatian!

People create demand. There are many dogs that have been used in the movies that did not experience a surge because breeders refused to cater to movie mania. Perhaps nowhere was this better illustrated than the Irish terrier breeders who did not breed more litters simply because their breed was in the movies. It is NOT a breed for everyone no matter what appears on the movie screen.

The movie “Cats & Dogs” used less popular breeds to start an undersized Beagle as the hero and an Anatolian Shepherd as the main characters with an appearance of a Saluki in a supporting role. A Chinese crested and Old English Sheepdog round out the cast for the dogs while several purebred cats were used on the cat side also. These are less common breeds that size, availability or grooming eliminate from most homes.

Chihuahua fever seems to hit on a regular cycle. If not for a dog in advertising there’s a dog in the movies. Their downfall is people don’t seem to realize they don’t come trained and talking like the movie dogs! They’re small dogs and available and when people cannot get existing dogs they will go to find people willing to produce puppies in whatever manner they can find them. With parting with money and no education to training them or, worse, no enforcing discipline that every dog needs, the little monsters end up dangerous and unruly then are given up. THAT is where the real problem seems to be.

The same situation happened with Dalmatians as they were portrayed as kind and gentle dogs when the fact is the Dalmatian was developed as a high energy guard dog. Their job was to travel under the carriages and deter any threats to it. They are high energy dogs that thus easily get aggressive, unsuitable as couch potatoes and another training issue is created.

Border collies had their heyday with “Down & Out in Beverly Hills” and “Babe” and far too many were produced for homes that were unsuitable

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