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Mon, Sep 29 | By Amy Lieberman | 440

NEW YORK -- The upcoming Disney animated film "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" is sure to spark some interest in the adorable pint-sized, fox-eared dogs that grace the big screen. But Disney -- and certain animal advocacy groups -- are hoping … more ›

Breed Rescues Brace for 'Chihuahua' Movie
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Jordyn T.
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Jordyn T.
4 years ago

cool i really liked the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua (i seen it the day it came out to theaters)

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

I really hope people don't go out and buy these dogs without doing any research just because they're cute.

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Stephanie L.
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Stephanie L.
5 years ago

interesting...

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Joanne S.
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Joanne S.
5 years ago

Breed fads are always a nightmare for shelters and rescues when a new animal movie comes out or a celebrity makes a breed popular. A year after 101 Dalmations came out shelters were flooded with these poor dogs that parents did not bother to find out are not always good with children. Let's hope people are getting smarter...but i doubt it!

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conni F.
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conni F.
5 years ago

Maybe I will watch this movie now. I was afraid it would just further the belief that everyone should have a purse dog. Besides the difference in some of their demeanors, what about the dogs that are sold as "tea cup" size but grow up to be just a bit bigger. That seems to be a common problem with these dogs as well.

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Helena P.
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Helena P.
5 years ago

I am glad therre is a message at the end of the film. Hopefully people will read it.

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

Maybe more movies should feature mutts. It's good they at least put an adoption message at the end of the film, but you wonder how many people will see it or think about it. People are very impulsive.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

I think that this movie will get the hurry up pet owner to want one of these dogs before they think about it and then it may not work out an the dog will wind up in a shelter

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

Just like 101 Dalmatians, people start making impulsive decisions without thinking about the needs of the breed.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

I dislike movies like this because then every impulsive jerk thinks they need to go out and get the "dog" not researching about the breeed or anything,

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

I don't really understand the appeal of chihuahuas because in Texas you see so many badly bred, poorly socialized ones. However, that does put me strongly on the side of research the breed before getting on "just like the movie". I'm pleased that Disney is trying to pass that message along in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" as well as a pro-adoption message.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

Chihuahuas always go really fast at our shelter. I myself am not a huge fan of the breed, but people like having the small dogs to carry around. I hope more data will arise from this article, so we can see the trends across the country. I hadn't even heard of the movie, but I am guessing teens and other movie-goers have.

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Rinthea S.
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Rinthea S.
5 years ago

Would like to hear an update to see if there was an increase at these rescue groups. In Iowa County it doesn't take a movie to increase our numbers - the economy alone is doing it without the movies....

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VKiggins
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VKiggins
5 years ago

Well we will wait and see what effect this has on incoiming dogs

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Don't understand this - happened in Japan with chimps - everyone wanted one because of a popular TV show.

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

You'll always have those impulsive idiots who adopt pets without thinking any further ahead than the next minute.

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I don't think any pet store, shelter or person should sell a dog to someone without making sure they understand about the breed and what to expect. People should take the responsibility to learn these things before they get a dog, but people are stupid and don't take responsibility so someone has to make sure the dog is going to a prepared owner.

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

I think people need to study animal breeds a bit before just running out to get one. Some animals are quirky and don't behave as a person thinks they should.

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Caitlin
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Caitlin
5 years ago

I just have to say wow!

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lindsey c.
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lindsey c.
5 years ago

people can be naive... so i'll cross my fingers on this one. lol.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

Though I've seen the movie and thought it was rather cute, I won't be running out to adopt a Chihuahua. I still like my dogs over 50 pounds. Somehow, they just seem more threatening if a stranger is walking down the driveway than a 3-lb Chihuahua.

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Kaitlyn o.
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Kaitlyn o.
5 years ago

my mix cracks me up. He can give a stranger a big bark.

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Wanda & Veronica ;.
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Wanda & Veronica ;.
5 years ago

people need to know that it is a movie where the animals are well traind for their rolls. there is nothing wrong with stating that one should research before buying any pet.

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
5 years ago

I'm shocked at how many people bring a pet home on a whim without researching the breed(s) first. Very often people select the wrong pet for their lifestyle and/or energy level, which results in the pet being surrendered to shelters. Research, reseach, research! People shouldn't pick a pet simply because they are cute. They should pick a pet that will be compatible with their activity level and lifestyle :)

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Courteney W.
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Courteney W.
5 years ago

It will be interesting to see if this has any truth behind it.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
5 years ago

I grew up with these little Mexican dogs and I love them. Yet they can be tough little guys so hopefully people won't start adopting them for the wrong reasons. Only time will tell.

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Dylyn H.
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Dylyn H.
5 years ago

thats cute

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

I think the put a public service message at the end of this movie. It should have been at the beginning.

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Tiff
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Tiff
5 years ago

I am not looking forward to this movie for the effect on people and wanting the breed, but hopefully it will get more word out about shelter dogs. The lead dog in the movie was found in a shelter and is a complete success story for adopting form shelters instead of buying from breeders. Hopefully people will see this and take it into consideration more than just wanting them to look cool after the movie.

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

Does anyone have any information that there has already been a spike?

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Dennis H.
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Dennis H.
5 years ago

Hope it doesn't have the same effect as 101 Dalmatians.

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Gail
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Gail
5 years ago

I really hope this doesn't turn into another 101 Dalmations thing where everyone wanted Dalmations after the movie came out....People need to realize that owning an pet is a long term committment of 10 to 20 years and you need to think about your ability to provide food, shelter and medical care for that pet for the long term. On average a cat costs $900 per year and a dog $1,500 per year. That is... food & treats, vet care, grooming expenses, litter, toys, etc. If you have not considered these expenses please don't get a pet.

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Paige
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Paige
5 years ago

The world certainly doesn't need any more chihuhuas. They're overbread already!

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norap p.
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norap p.
5 years ago

Found the movie a lot of fun and HOPE it doesn't spur impulse purchases. Loved that they took the time to put the strong adoption message in their film.

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Russell W.
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Russell W.
5 years ago

Would like to see if this story had an update or something?

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Djmoser
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Djmoser
5 years ago

Sorry I missed the movie. Rescue groups are life savers!!! Got my old boxer from one and he was an angel!

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Kathy
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Kathy
5 years ago

It's pretty shallow to watch a movie and then decide to get that certain type dog for your kids because they liked the movie. The dog they adopt will be nothing like the movie character. People need to be more responsible than that. Taking on a pet is a huge responsibility for the rest of their life, not a current fad. I hope this isn't happening, although I know it probably is.

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Sherri R.
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Sherri R.
5 years ago

We have not had anyone looking for a chih based on this movie. I actually took my 2 kids to see it and it showed lots of different breeds and did have a good message. I don't think it was as big as the dalmatian movie which is good for rescues and shelters!

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Brian K.
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Brian K.
5 years ago

Now that the movie has been out for a little while, I'm curious if shelters and breeders are feeling the impact.

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Liane M.
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Liane M.
5 years ago

I hope this doesn't happen again like with 101 Dalmatians. A good breeder would make sure that their dogs are going to a good home and educate the prospective owner on the proper needs and care of the breed and steer them away from a not so good fit. These little dogs really don't belong with families with very young children; they are too small and can be easily hurt.

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marie s.
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marie s.
5 years ago

hopefully people will be responsible and buy their children a stuffed dog instead of the real thing.

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
5 years ago

I remember years ago reading a similar article after the Nemo movies. Everyone went out and bought those beautiful salt water fish only to have them die in masses in that salt water tanks take alot of knowledge and care. It was such a shame.

Maybe the movie business could do us all a favor if they put a message to parents at the end of these movies telling them something about the breed; the type of care involved; the annual costs in caring for these animals, etc. I know that some folks will still be impulsive and feel that their child "must have one", but maybe it will make some sense to others.

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christy r.
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christy r.
5 years ago

maybe disney should make a movie about shelter dogs.....

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Brian K.
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Brian K.
5 years ago

Lady and the Tramp was sort of about homeless dogs.... :)

Too bad Disney is raising so many children. Disney=axis of evil

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Melody M.
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Melody M.
5 years ago

Yeah, I think this is going to be a repeat of when 101 dalmations came out.

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Sarann T.
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Sarann T.
5 years ago

Good story

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Jessica P.
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Jessica P.
5 years ago

It always has bothered me how the popularity of breeds is affected by movies, tv shows, and dog show winners...most of these types of buyer/adopters don't do any research...and one the other Veronica G made a great point about specials that show only the best snips of A LOT of work and make it look easy, which only encourages inexperianced people want to own the "lastest dog trend breed."....just look at the shelters full of "labradoodles"

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Shanel C.
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Shanel C.
5 years ago

We are all bracing ourselves for when people go out and buy chi's from pet stores and then they get surrendered to shelters. It will be fun to have a shelter full of chi's, sigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
5 years ago

For sure there will be lots of people looking for Chihuahuas now. Just last night I saw a program on TV about this film and the dogs. How Rusco was rescued (SAVED!) and trained for one year...it all looked so easy. And then there were scenes from the film with his friend, the white Chi. More than adorable.

Watching the film, some people could think, "no problem...look at these dogs."

I am always careful around these beautiful little dogs as I know they can be temperamental. And nervous...shake so.

Lastly, how many "Benji's" were adopted after the film? And the dog look-a-like in the Broadway show, "Annie."

Yes, for sure, there will be a flood of people going to rescues a-looking to adopt and to breeders to buy.

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Corey  P.
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Corey P.
5 years ago

Lets hope this isn't the case. Especially, since chi's are not the best dogs for homes with small children.

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Laura S.
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Laura S.
5 years ago

I saw this movie and thought they did a pretty good job of promoting rescue and responsible pet ownership. I wish they would have made it clear that the animals had all been adopted at the beginning of the movie so people could have had that in their minds while watching the movie. My 3 year old loved the movie and fortunately, has not asked one single time for a Chihuahua.

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Kevin F.
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Kevin F.
5 years ago

Hope people don't get these dogs just because of the movie.

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