Popular movies, like Beethoven, Lassie, Hachi – A Dog's Tale, 101 Dalmatians and animated movies like Lady and the Tramp, Balto, Bolt, Mr Peabody and Sherman, 101 Dalmatians again and many, many more may have influenced on the popularity of some dog breeds, and thus on the choice of the breed you bought.
Around 1992 the popularity of the St Bernard breed drastically arose after the release of the first Beethoven sequence. Many families bought a puppy of St Bernard, hoping it would turn out to be just as Beethoven's character. The following sequences kept the popularity of this breed alive until 2008. These dogs, besides being good at acting, are proven life saviors in the high mountains, and are also good at spending time and playing with children. Despite their size they're very careful.
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2. 101 Dalmatians
The popularity of Dalmatians started rising from 1985 when 101 Dalmatian appeared in cinemas and the popularity was even bigger that the one of Beethoven, because movies and animated movies kept it alive for decades. Dalmatians originate from Dalmatia in Croatia, but are worldly popular and unique for their fur coat. This breed is known to be very healthy most of the time, but they can be prone to deafness, urinary stones and Hyperuricemia – like humans.
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3. Lassie Come Home
The selling of Collies increased for 40% after the appearance of the movie Lassie Come Home in 1943. This breed is known as very elegant and most of the buyers were women. Lassies's character made this very intelligent breed very famous. This is a perfect family dog, since it is very sociable, gentle and easily trainable. These are three most popular movies, but of course there are many more. Researchers discovered that movies and animated movies for children can influence on the popularity of certain breeds for a period of 10 years, and the more successful the movie is the bigger is the popularity and the number of the future owners of a certain breed.
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4. Other popular breeds
Movies like Air Bud and Marley and Me made Golden retrievers more popular, even though their popularity without these movies was already great.
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Animated movie Bolt, which was very popular among the kids worldwide, made White German Shepherds famous.
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When it comes to Hachi – A Dog's Tale (which is based on a true story, by the way) it made Akita Inu so popular, especially thanks to their faithfulness and fluffiness and despite their short life span. There is a statue devoted to Hachi in front of Shabuya Station where he was always waiting for his beloved owner.
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Animated movie Lady and the Tramp from 1955 tells a story about cocker spaniel Lady and a stray dog named Tramp. This animated movie shone a new light on stray dogs, the way they live and what they deserve – love and home, as any other dog. As they say in the very beginning of the Lady and the Tramp – “In the whole history of the world there is but one thing that money cannot buy…to wit – the wag of a dog's tail”.
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These are three most popular movies, but of course there are many more. Researchers discovered that movies and animated movies for children can influence on the popularity of certain breeds for a period of 10 years, and the more successful the movie is the bigger is the popularity and the number of the future owners of a certain breed. But on the other hand, since there are always two sides of a medal, the scientists are warning us that such movies could also be dangerous for dogs; having in mind that these popular movies and the demand for these breeds could encourage non-ethical dog breeding, which could further lead to greater chances for hereditary diseases in those dogs. It is not surprising that we have a tendency to follow social trends, but in the cases when the outcomes can be negative, maybe we shouldn't follow trends, but visit our local dog shelter and adopt one. It will love you the same as Air Bud for sure.
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