Do dog movies drive our dog breed preference? Recent dog research says “Yes!”
Psychologist, Stefano Ghirlanda, together with his colleges, set out to answer the question: “Do celebrity dogs influence the popularity of dog breeds?”
They compared AKC dog breed registrations with the release of 100 movies featuring dogs for the period 1939 to 2003.
With the exception of box office disasters, the researchers found a definite relationship between an increase in dog breed popularity and hit movies!
The graphic below shows more detail. Compare the release date (black dog) on each graph to the sharp curve in registrations!
Sources: American Kennel Club and Box Office Mojo, via Stefano Ghirlanda. (Charts: New York Times)
Article source: Pacific Standard