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— Dog Experts Say Researching Breeds and Finding a Responsible Breeder Puts Your Pet in a Leading Role in Your Family. —

In light of the release this week of the film, “The Shaggy Dog,” and the recent success of “8 Below” featuring Siberian Huskies, the American Kennel Club reminds moviegoers about the importance of making careful, educated decisions when considering adding a dog to their home.

Distributed by Disney, both films prominently feature purebred dogs. In “The Shaggy Dog,” Tim Allen transforms into the family dog, a spunky Bearded Collie. “8 Below” highlights the intense drive and determination of Siberian Huskies when a team of these sled dogs are stranded in the Antarctic wilderness.

The AKC joins the Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc. and the Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc. – both member clubs of the AKC – in reiterating the message that potential puppy owners should carefully research a breed when buying a dog and should buy only from reputable breeders.

“Movies have historically featured purebred dogs in leading roles, from Rin Tin Tin and Lassie to 101 Dalmatians. The public’s fascination with purebreds only continues to grow,” said Lisa Peterson, AKC’s Director of Club Communications. “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. 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.”