So, what's the issue? You see several different dogs in the film, which is appropriate as at least twelve dogs were known to be on the RMS Titanic when it disembarked. From what I remember, in the two scenes that include dogs I saw at least three breeds. An Afghan hound, Airedale terrier, and French bulldog come to mind, and I know that a couple of more dogs were also included, though their breeds escape me. Though the bulldog wasn't too inaccurate, the grooming on the terrier and the coat on the Afghan were very wrong for the time period. Watch the clip below to see what I mean.
|CH Zardin, an Afghan hound from 1907|
|Afghan hounds from 1913, a year after the RMS Titanic sank|
It seems that dogs sometimes go by the wayside in period films. However, if a filmmaker chooses to set a piece in a certain time period and wants to include dogs to "make the film seem more correct," they should take breed history into account. What you see today is very often not what once was common type in a breed. This is especially true of dogs with profuse coat like the Afghan hound. The more time that has passed since the period the film is being set in, the more likely that the breeds have changed significantly. My tip for filmmakers? If you're going to do it, at least do it right and don't fudge historical accuracy just because it may be easier to use an unmodified modern champion.
Historical Afghan hound images are from Pietoro's photobucket.