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Cesar Millan’s pit bull “Daddy” dies at 16


Daddy, a pit bull who was Cesar Millan’s longtime friend and partner in canine rehabilitation, died peacefully Friday at the age of 16.

Millan, his family, friends, staff and volunteers were mourning the death of a dog described by “The Dog Whisperer” as “one of the most loyal, trusting, well-balanced, and influential pit bull ambassadors the world has ever known.”

“He lived each day of those sixteen years happy and fulfilled as Cesar’s right-hand-man, helping to shape the behavior of entire generations of dogs by showing them the way to balance. He stood as champion for calm-submissive pit bulls everywhere, and was instrumental in helping to repair their image as violent, savage, uncontrollable beasts. He successfully battled cancer and weathered chemotherapy, and even got the opportunity to present at the 56th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards,” Millan’s website reported.

Millan said Daddy has been immortalized by fans in all mediums — from painting, to photographs, to charcoal drawings and papier-mâché sculpture.

“And, of course, he lives on in his work, reflected in the balance and calm-submission of his protégé Junior, the countless animals to whom he was a positive role model, and in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew him as a calm, sweet, and mellow example of a widely misunderstood breed.”

Millan announced the establishment of a fund to honor Daddy’s legacy — the Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund, (DEAR) which will be operated by the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation. The DEAR Fund will provide assistance for dogs who are victims of abuse or violence, man-made disasters, and large-scale natural disasters.

Fans who would like to express sympathy, are invited to post a comment on Daddy’s memorial page or send a message through the website’s contact form.


Comment from Shauna (Fido & Wino)
Time February 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Pretty sad- he lived a great life, 16 is incredible! My heart goes out to the family- I think we all hugged our pups a little tighter this weekend…

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

He was a good dog. He loved his people, and they loved him. I don’t think that Pit Bulls could have had any better ambassador than Daddy. I’m sure he will be sadly missed.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time February 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Ouch, a sad story to read tonight JW, and dammit anyway. On one hand, what a great long life and if only any of my own many dogs over 30+ years had ever lived so long….But it is NEVER easy, no matter at what age they pass. With all the wonders of modern science, after all my decades, our canine companions still have such BRIEF lives compared to ours. Just makes every single day with them special.

Comment from MEL
Time March 1, 2010 at 6:47 am

OUCH , don’t knw what to say but i’ll miss you daddy today my boyfrend called telling me his pit bull died . so i started to search for a one i wanted to have one just like daddy even name him after daddy … so even if m home in the philippines i knw i have daddy wth me … daddy very close to my heart even though i just see him on TV… my boyfrend loves pit bull so i knw my dog will be safe and will get lots of love … sorry for the lost hope daddy won’t mind naming my dog after him …

Comment from Amanda Kim and our 3 babies Kyia, ANA, and GusGus
Time March 12, 2010 at 2:52 am

We are so heartbroken to hear of the loss of your best friend and companion. If there were any amount of love or words that would help take the pain away we would freely send it your way. Daddy is in a happy place now feelin like he did as a pup young wild and free of all pain and fatigue. We are so sorry for your loss and we mourn with you tears and all. Bless your family and if there is anything that we can do to help please dont hesitate to ask. xoxo the Skinners

Comment from Juliette Morgan
Time August 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

This caught my eye as I have just joined Cesar’s forum and training tips. How sad but what a fab long life that dog had.

Comment from Walkydog
Time August 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

So sad I only hope my doggie lasts out to a ripe old age like Daddy – he’s in heaven though where God looks after his namesake. XX

Comment from Tony@Advantage Multi
Time August 23, 2010 at 5:36 am

He lived a long life after all. Sad to see him go but isn’t it better that he’s now free from all the pain and diease of old age! peace

Comment from edog
Time August 25, 2010 at 3:55 am

God bless this lovely dog.

Comment from Wooden Dog Crate
Time November 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Very good looking dog. Sad.

Comment from Debora
Time April 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Thats sad, it is a great dog and a great breed. I dont like the way they have attracted such negative press. Its never the dog its always the owner (I suppose there are a couple of nasty dogs in every breed but thats life). I have taken a couple of photos of my pit bull which you can see on my blog if you dont mind me sharing:


and I would challenge anyone to say that this creaure is savage!

Comment from Sara
Time May 10, 2011 at 6:04 am

I didn’t know he had lost his doggy, at least Daddy had a good long life.

Comment from Joan Scully
Time August 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Sorry for everyone’s loss of Daddy. Great dog; couldn’t have had a better life then with you Caesar. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Comment from fallon
Time September 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

16 years + daddy=a lot of kisses,balance and friendship. cesar,junior,the millan pack and family lost a great friend on that fateful day……
at least daddy was surrounded by his family when he passed.alot of dogs and pets dont have that……..
at least hes not in pain anymore,the poor old guy…….at least you know hes in heaven smiling down,waiting,for his best friend to meet him one day… (im starting to cry as im typing this.)of what i saw on the tv,that dawg had(and still does) unconditional love for you as you do for him….. think of the time you spent together cos life is just to short and goes fast… im already 13 and my life feels like it has gone in an instant…….his legacy will live on,tho,in our hearts and minds,so dont worry,hes not forgotten…i hope you find happiness in your life and tell the pack and family i say hi plz,thnx…..youve got wonderful children and absolutely amazing dogs…junior has learnt alot from daddy,but theyre still two different dogs,tho….have a great life filled with longevity and live life to the fullest……
from fallon,an animal lover…

Comment from Grando Ng
Time November 18, 2011 at 3:49 am

It is sad to hear the news of Daddy had passed away. What I’ve learned about Daddy were all from Dog Whisperer programs. What I’ve seen was how he assisted Cesar Millan as
right-hand man, helping to shape the behavior of entire generations of dogs by showing them the way to balance.

Daddy had a beautiful lovely face, nice character, nice heart, loyalty and sweetie. I loved to see his face everytime I watched the program.

I am sure Daddy is now staying in the heaven and blassing Cesar’s family as well as all those non-sheltered dogs.

Be missing you much, Daddy

Comment from Trish
Time February 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I miss Daddy!…he was one of the greatest!

Comment from Colinda
Time March 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

R.I.P Daddy xxx