Boy the dog is the real star of Love and Monsters but just what breed of dog is he and does he die or survive the events of the film?

After its release in the US last October, Love and Monsters has finally made its way onto Netflix for the rest of the world.

While Teen Wolf and Maze Runner actor Dylan O’Brien leads the cast, the real star of the show is undoubtedly Boy the dog.

As an adorable pooch, Boy has quickly won over the hearts of fans but just what breed of dog is Boy and does he survive the events of the film?

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead*

Love and Monsters starring Dylan O’Brien | Official Trailer | Netflix

Love and Monsters starring Dylan O’Brien | Official Trailer | Netflix

Love and Monsters on Netflix

Love and Monsters arrived on Netflix internationally on April 14th, 2021 after the film made its debut in the US last October.

The film is set seven years after the destruction of a meteor cause cold-blooded animals to mutate into giant deadly monsters, forcing any surviving humans to live in underground bunkers.

Prior to being separated during the monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) had promised to come and find his then-girlfriend Aimee, and after a giant ant-attack on his colony, Joel finally sets off on a dangerous quest to reunite with her.

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Boy the dog in Love and Monsters

Boy is a stray dog who is introduced fairly early on into Love and Monsters when he saves Joel who’s being attacked by a monster.

From then on, the two develop a fiercely close bond and travel the post-apocalyptic world together.

Boy is an Australian Kelpie breed of dog and during filming, two canines were actually used to play Boy.

The main dog featured is an Australian Kelpie named Hero while a stand-in named Dodge was also used.

Australian Kelpies are largely used as sheepdogs around the world and according to Love and Monster’s lead dog trainer, Zelie Bullen, the breed is “extremely intelligent, versatile, agile, and athletic. They’re known for their loyalty and their companionship.”

Both Hero and Dodge have been trained by Zelie Bullen and speaking about her experience, she revealed that Hero’s bond with actor Dylan O’Brien is the strongest she’s seen in all her years on the job.

Does the dog die in Love and Monsters? *SPOILERS*

  • No, the Boy the dog does not die in Love and Monsters.

After an almost fatal encounter with a monster, made worse by Boy barking, Joel shouts at Boy the dog for putting them in danger, causing Boy to run away.

However, he isn’t gone for long as Boy the dog returns to save the day during the final confrontation.

Love and Monsters is available to stream on Netflix outside of the US after releasing on April 14th, 2021.

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