Everything You Need to Know About Reno from Top Dog

Top Dog is a comedy-action film released in 1995 which stars Chuck Norris. The film centers on a policeman named Jake Wilder who is assigned a dog named Reno as a partner after Reno’s original police handler is killed. Jack and his new partner Reno are assigned to a case about a domestic terrorist plot and they must survive long enough to uncover the truth behind the attack and foil it. The following is everything you need to know about Reno and the film Top Dog.

Reno was a Briard!

Although the film never explicitly states Reno’s breed, the dog actor (and his stunt doubles) who played Reno was a Briard. The Briard is a type of herding dog which originates from France and has been around since at least the 14th century. Briards were very popular in France and around the world because of their loyalty, strength and intelligence. Famous historical figures, including Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson, are all believed to have owned Briard dogs. The dog was even used for military purposes during WWI, although this use almost caused the breed to become extinct.

Dogs like Reno really are used for police work

One of the criticisms often laid against the movie is the fact that Reno does not look like the typical police dog; in other words, he is not a Rottweiler or German shepherd. However, despite their fluffy appearance, Briards are actually frequently used for police work in addition to military work and on search and rescue missions. The dogs are highly intelligence and are considered a great asset too many types of police work.

The film was the last Chuck Norris movie to be released in theaters

Although Chuck Norris is something of a cult figure today, his popularity began to wane in the 1990s. Top Dog was the last film Chuck Norris starred in that was released theatrically; afterwards, his films were all direct to video movies.

The movie was a box office bomb

Top Dog received mostly negative reviews, and its box office performance reflected its negative press. Many of the negative reviews criticized the film because it took too many elements from similar “dog” movies, such as Turner and Hooch and K-9. The film was produced on a budget of about $6 million, but the box office only took in about $5 million.