Trainer warns against owning ‘American hero’ dog breed

Updated: Oct. 30, 2019 at 10:49 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - In speaking to the nation, President Donald Trump said ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “died like a dog.” Well, in actuality, it was a dog that played a key role in the operation. The K-9′s name has not been released, but already has people talking. Some Madison County trainers worry the breed will become more and more popular and emphasize the dog is not a pet.

The Belgian Malinois is a breed often used by military troops and police departments across the country.

“They have a very high intelligence, and they have a lot of energy," explained dog trainer Nick Morrow. "It seems infinite energy at times.”

Morrow owns three Malinois dogs and has been training the breed since 2012. Of the nine in its litter, Morrow’s Malinois is the only not serving in the military or alongside local law enforcement.

“It’s like a german shepherd with a lot more horsepower under the hood.”

Morrow fears the the popularity of the ‘American hero’ will encourage everyday families to seek out the dog. In fact, his team has received dozens of calls since the raid of people interested in the breed.

“If people recall, during the 101 dalmatians, there was a craze for the dalmatian. Well, that too is dog that is not your typical family pet. Y’know everybody wanted that breed," stated Karen Buchan with Huntsville Animal Services. "You really need to do some research on your dog before you decide to get a particular breed of animal.”

Morrow says he is not totally discouraging the ownership of this breed, rather encouraging questions to consider beforehand.

“What is your lifestyle like, what are you expectations for this breed, do you have a plan in place," questioned Morrow. "If not, then your house and furniture will meet the same end that al-Baghdadi did in his most recent encounter with this breed.”

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