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Dogs Depicted In Movies

(Friday, October 03, 2003)

AKC Reminds Potential Dog Owners Not To Get Star-Struck By Dogs Depicted In Movies.

In anticipation of the family film �Good Boy!� being released next week by MGM Pictures and Jim Henson Pictures, the American Kennel Club wants to remind moviegoers about the importance of making careful, educated decisions when considering adding a dog to their home.

The AKC hopes to reiterate the message, which MGM responsibly included on the film�s web site, that potential puppy owners should carefully research when buying a dog and should only buy from reputable breeders.

�No one should make a decision on getting a dog from the way it�s depicted in a film,� said Gina Lash, AKC�s Director of Club Communications. �A popular film can create sudden interest in a breed and this may lead people to purchase the breed without having properly researched its temperament, grooming and exercise needs. Finding a responsible breeder to help you choose the right dog for you should be a priority for any potential new dog owner."

�Good Boy!� features numerous purebred dogs including the well-known Boxer and Standard Poodle, but also lesser-known breeds such as the Border Terrier, Italian Greyhound and Bernese Mountain Dog. More information and breeder referral on each of these � as well as for all the 150 AKC recognized breeds � is available on the AKC website at www.akc.org. National breed clubs are also an important resource and can be contacted through their web sites:

�This film and the general increase in dogs shown on TV and in the movies is a testament to how much the public loves dogs,� adds Lash. �It is crucial to understand the commitment involved in owning a dog. We want each family to choose the right breed of dog for them � not every dog will easily fit into every family's lifestyle. Learn as much as you can about the different breeds and about how to be a conscientious dog owner before you get your dog."