Planning on seeing the new movie “Marmaduke” that opens on Friday? The American Kennel Club (AKC) along with the Great Dane Club of America are concerned that audiences might become so star struck that they decide to adopt these gentle giants despite having no clue about how to care for them.
In a worst-case scenario, shelters could become as overloaded with Great Danes as they were with Dalmatians after the release of “101 Dalmatians” back in 1996, or Chihuahuas after “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” – and Paris Hilton – popularized the breed.
To hopefully enlighten moviegoers, last week the AKC issued a press release stressing the importance of making a wise, educated decision when adding a fur-legged friend to their homes.
“Everything is bigger when you own a Great Dane,” said Dave Miller, president of the Great Dane Club of America. “They eat a lot of food and take up a lot of space in your home and car. We recommend that families meet several full-grown, adult Great Danes to make sure they understand how large this breed really is.”
The AKC notes that Great Danes have gentle and loving dispositions. While adults are calm and well-behaved when indoors, puppies can be more clumsy and rambunctious. Because of their size and strength, Great Danes require early obedience training.
In addition to Marmaduke, other famous fictional Great Danes are Scooby Doo and Astro from “The Jetsons.” In real life, the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the world’s tallest dog ever is Giant George, a Great Dane from Arizona who weighs 245 pounds and measures 7’3″ from his nose to the end of his tail.
“Marmaduke” tells the story of a loveable, accident-prone Great Dane whose family moves from a small town in Kansas to Los Angeles. It features the voices of Owen Wilson as Marmaduke, George Lopez as a cat and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas as a Collie that is Marmaduke’s love interest.
The movie recently had a dog-star-studded premiere in San Diego, Calif., after the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition. Among the famous furry attendees was Surf Dog Ricochet, with whom i Love Dogs is having a photo contest this month.
If you’re still convinced a Great Dane is a great breed for you, visit Great Dane Rescue for a new family friend.