You should always think carefully about the commitment of owning a dog. It's a huge responsibility. If you see "Max," think twice or maybe three times before you go out to buy a Malinois. They can be awesome pets, but only if you're a dedicated caretaker. And with so many dogs in shelters, why not rescue instead?
The truth is, that for every pet fad out there, there are thousands of dogs who eventually end up homeless. By 2009, for example, Chihuahuas - popularized by movies, like "Legally Blonde" - made up 30 percent of dogs in California shelters.
Not ready for that Malinois? No worries! Perhaps you're better suited to care for whatever species Spike was.