K-9In the movie K-9, who was the better cop? Wait, that’s not a fair question. Jerry Lee, the German Shepherd, had longer hair, longer ears and longer fangs. And Jerry Lee did not have to keep talking to his human partner to boost his own self-confidence.

Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. Just watch the movie to find the answer. Would be a good idea to read a self-motivation book before doing that, though.


In 1989, Universal Pictures teamed up with Gordon Company to produce the movie K-9. This movie was directed by Rod Daniel and the writing was credited to Steven Siegel and Scott Myers. James Belushi played Michael Dooley, a veteran cop overly confident of his own self-importance, Mel Harris played Tracy, his girl-friend and Koton played Jerry Lee, the German Shepherd, who made his human partner look like a kid in kindergarten.

The German Shepherd, from the original German name “Deutscher Schäferhund”, also known as an Alsatian, is considered to be a relatively new breed being first registered only in 1899. It was basically developed for herding and guarding sheep. However, its strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training made it suitable for work in police forces and military operations all over the world.

It is also very loyal and protective. As such it is one of the most commonly registered breed. Horand von Grafath, renamed from Hektor Linksrhein, was the first German Shepherd created by Max von Stepheanitz, an ex-cavalry captain and former student of the Berlin Veterinary College, the man who developed this wonderful canine companion.

A German Shepherd is a large dog, standing between 22 to 26 inches at the withers and weigh between 22 to 50 kilograms. A black mask and black body markings is a common characteristic, on a body which is tan and black or red and black. All-black and all-white German Shepherds are uncommon. All-white being considered an undesirable color because it would detract from its value as a guard dog. Intelligence-wise, German Shepherds are rated third, just behind Border Collies and Poodles.

Jerry Lee, the German Shepherd in the movie K-9 was the standard black and tan with black muzzle. Its intelligence was evident. Of course, its trainer was responsible for much of that. However, it definitely took a dog with an above average IQ to be able to display so many expressions like Jerry Lee did in the movie.

By comparison, Michael Dooley, the cop partnered with Jerry Lee, was a very poor second in the intelligence ratings. Michael Dooley was supposed to be going after a drug-trafficking gang. He ended up just tagging along while Jerry Lee got the job done. Of course, they got their man in the end. Actually, somewhere near the end of the movie, Jerry Lee got in the way of a flying bullet, while going after their quarry.

So in the next scene, Michael Dooley was in a hospital room with Jerry Lee. Jerry Lee was motionless. Michael Dooley was devastated. He began talking to Jerry Lee. Like he had done throughout the movie. Did Michael Dooley bore Jerry Lee to death with his unending inane monologue?

Watch the K-9 film to find out but remember that your self-confidence may take a beating.

By the way, Tracy, Michael Dooley’s girl-friend got on very well with Jerry Lee. Which was perfectly understandable. Which girl would not fall for a guy who could crack a billiard ball into two with just his bare teeth?

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