Life With Some Dog Breeds Might Not Be Like In The Movies

Dog breed clubs rally to remind fans to learn before they leap into dog ownership.

Following the success of two new Disney movies featuring purebred dogs The Shaggy Dog and 8 Below the American Kennel Club is reminding potential pet owners to carefully research a dogs breed to ensure the animal is compatible with their lifestyle.

The Shaggy Dog features a Bearded Collie, while 8 Below showcases a dog-sled team of Siberian Huskies.

The AKC says Hollywood films often feature purebred dogs in leading roles from Rin Tin Tin to Lassie to 101 Dalmatians but that doesn't always mean these breeds will fit well into real-life homes.

Seeing and enjoying a dog on the big screen is one thing, but people need to realize that owning that breed may be a completely different experience, said Lisa Peterson, the AKCs communications director. Those who want to add a dog to their family need to understand the commitment involved in owning a dog, select a breed that fits their lifestyle, and learn as much as possible about the different breeds before contacting a reputable breeder.

Dog ownership in America has often increased after the release of popular dog movies. That is why the AKC has now joined with the Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc., and the Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc., to help educate the public.

For more information on breeds and breeders, visit DogChannel.coms breed profiles pages.

Posted: March 8, 2006, 5 a.m. EST


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Pat   St Louis, MO

5/4/2007 1:36:24 PM

AMEN!!! It's not bad enough that movies and TV give us images of dogs that makes everyone want to go out and get "one of those" regardless of compatibility. But even folks who read dog books can fail to read between the lines. Like border collies. In all probability they are the most intelligent dog on the planet...is the prospective owner up to raising a canine Einstein? Unless you're prepared to keep this animal occupied nearly 24/7, you might want a slightly less "gifted" breed. Besides, very smart dogs are not necessarily instantly trainable--not if they're smart enough to manipulate the owner into doing things their way. I love my border collie and wouldn't trade her for the world but there are times she drives me crazy. I'm not at all surprised that many owners just throw up their hands and dump the dog at a shelter.

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