Last Updated on January 24, 2022
Who Is Cesar Millan?
César Millán is a Mexican-American animal behaviorist with over 25 years’ experience up his sleeve, most of which he has spent majoring in dog training. Millán is widely known for his role in the television series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, which was produced between 2004 and 2012 and is available in over 80 countries worldwide.
In addition to his long career in dog training, César Millán is also an acclaimed author, with tons of New York Times bestsellers. Millán is also associated with a line of dog products, including various instructional DVDs.
|Full Name:||César Felipe Millán Favela|
|Popular Name:||César Millán|
|Birth Date:||August 27, 1969|
|Parents:||Felipe Millán Guillen and María Teresa Favela|
|Siblings:||Erick Millán, Monica Millán, Nora Millán, and Mireya Millán|
|Birth Place:||Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Marital Status:||Engaged to actress and stylist Jahira Dar (since 2016); previously married to Ilusión Wilson (from 1994 until their divorce in 2010)|
|Children:||Calvin Millán and Andre Millán|
|Net Worth:||USD 25 million (as of April 1, 2021)|
|Source of Wealth:||Dog Training, Television Presenting and Producing, Writing, Speaking Engagements, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 4″ (1.65 m)|
|Weight:||70 kg; In pounds: 154 lbs.|
Early Life and Dog Training Career
César Millán was born on August 27, 1969, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, to Felipe Millán Guillen and María Teresa Favela. Millán took an interest in animals at a young age. He spent much time with animals on a farm located in Sinaloa, where his grandfather worked as a tenant farmer.
At the age of 21, Millán illegally crossed the border into the United States. But with only $100 in his pocket and ZERO English skills, the grass wasn’t exactly greener across the fence as he might have imagined. However, he quickly established meaningful connections with notable personalities, such as Jada Pinkett Smith. Through these connections, Millán gradually honed his English speaking skills while also working on his dog training ambitions.
César Millán landed his first dog training job in the United States at a dog grooming store. He subsequently created a number of dog centers, including the Pacific Point Canine Academy and the Dog Psychology Center.
In 2002, Millán began working with MPH Entertainment, Inc., where he helped develop a television pilot for the ‘Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan’ show. Dog Whisperer is a reality television show that chronicles Millán’s efforts in the area of dog rehabilitation.
On September 13, 2004, Dog Whisperer premiered on the National Geographic Channel and subsequently moved to the Nat Geo Wild channel. The show aired a total of 189 episodes before production stopped in 2012, with Millán as its host and narrator.
In 2008, César Millán appeared in an episode of the television show, Bones, as well as in the television special Cesar Millan: Doggie Nightmares. The same year, he made his cinematic debut by appearing as himself in the film Beethoven’s Big Break.
In 2014, Millán hosted the television series Cesar 911 on the Nat Geo Wild channel. The same year, he hosted a number of documentaries, including How Human Are You?, Cesar Millan’s Socialization, and Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull. He also appeared in an episode of the television series Jeopardy!
In 2015, César Millán started appearing in the series Mutt & Stuff. He starred in the series until 2016, while also acting as its executive producer. Millán is also noted for his role in the 2015 television special Cesar Millan: Viva Las Vegas! and the 2017 show Cesar’s Recruit: Asia, as well as the films The Back-Up Plan (2010) Trouble (where he was a voice actor).
César Millán published his first book, titled ‘Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems,’ in 2007. He authored his second book the same year, titled ‘Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life.’
Other notable books by César Millán include:
• A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan’s Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog (2008)
• How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond (2009)
• Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog (2010)
• Cesar Millan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques (2013)
• Cesar Millan’s Lesson’s from the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life (2017)
Besides writing, César Millán has also produced scores of instructional DVDs, including six volumes of ‘Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership Series’ and eight DVD editions of ‘Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.’
César Millán’s Net Worth
César Millán has spent nearly his entire life with animals and is especially passionate about dogs. He’s considered one of the most experienced dog trainers in the world.
As of April 1, 2021, Millán had a net worth of $25 million. He has earned his wealth from his long and illustrious career in dog training, as well as from television presenting and producing.
César Millán also draws hefty paychecks from writing. All his first three books became New York Times bestsellers and have cumulatively sold more than 2 million copies in the United States alone.
Other ways Millán earns include through speaking engagements and from the sale of his instructional DVDs.
Lessons from César Millán
1. Harness your passions into something big
Right from his childhood, César Millán was always passionate about animals, particularly canines. But instead of sitting on his passions, Millán decided to harness them into a highly lucrative career.
2. There’s no reason it cannot be you
Millán entered the United States as an illegal immigrant from Mexico. During this time, everything seemed to be working against him. He had only $100 in his pockets and couldn’t speak English fluently. However, he befriended Jada Pinkett Smith, through whom he was able to learn English while also nurturing his dog training ambitions. That Millán eventually emerged as one of the world’s most revered animal behaviorists is proof that anyone can succeed despite their background.
3. There will always be detractors
Despite being considered one of the most successful dog trainers in the world, César Millán has also been criticized for some of his dog training methods. Many of Millán‘s critics consider his training methods outdated, ineffective, and lacking scientific backing.
Famous Quotes by César Millán
“A dog is a vehicle, you know; a dog is a window to Mother Nature, and that’s the closest species we have.”
“Aggression is not a breed thing. It’s a state of mind, and it comes from how the human is with the dog. There are four levels of energy, regardless of the breed: low, medium, high, very high. The idea is to get a dog in your same level or lower than you.”
“Many dogs grow up without rules or boundaries. They need exercise, discipline and affection in that order.”
“The dog is a reflection of your energy, of your behavior. You have to ask, ‘What am I doing?’ That’s the right question to ask.”
“We’re the only species who follow unstable leaders. This is true – it has little to do with America – around the world, pack leaders are unstable. Animals don’t follow that.”
César Millán is an animal behaviorist who specializes in dog training. Millán grew up amongst farm animals and decided to turn his interest in animals into a lucrative career. He has a net worth of $25 million as of April 2021.