Dog Movies – A Blessing or a Curse?
This year the movie is Max, the story of a Malinois shepherd who goes from Army life to saving his new family. From all the talk on Facebook, this movie has reputable Malinois breeders scared. With every new “it” dog made famous in movies there follows years of over breeding, increased need for re homing and a fallout from people buying dogs they had no business owning.
With every release or re release of 101 Dalmatians there ensued a high demand for the breed. Dalmatians are not for the average dog owner. The over breeding by unscrupulous breeders has led to generations of deaf Dalmatians and some behavior issues.
The same occurred to the Cocker Spaniel with Lady and the Tramp back in the 70’s. Serious over breeding turned this family friendly dog into a breed that became known for biting!
Malinois’ are a very high drive dog. They don’t shut off…EVER. This is not the dog for a person who plans on walking it less than 4 hrs daily or lives in an apartment with very little outside stimulus. They are a dog that was bred to work. They are used in protection work because of their endless desire to work.
Just because a dog looks amazing, well behaved and ridiculously clever in a movie or TV show does not mean that’s it the right dog for every person. The majority of those dogs have been trained for hours every single day of their lives. Their owners/handlers live, breathe and die by their dogs and their successes. Get to know the breed standard of your desired breed.
You also need to learn to read between the lines with that description. For example a dog described as bred to move livestock in a quick and agile fashion is code for nips from behind and will chase anything that moves. Monique Anstee wrote a great article about this.
Please choose your desired breed of choice or mixed breed wisely. Look at your lifestyle truthfully. Getting a dog that loves to run because you think you’d like to take up jogging is likely a recipe for disaster.