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Saturday, 6 December 2014

3 things you don't know about Siberian Huskies

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3 Things you don't know about Siberian Huskies


1) T.V shows such as Game Of Thrones and Twilight are blamed for the growing of Siberian Husky popularity. 

2) In the past 5 years, there has been a HUGE 700% rise in Siberian Huskies and other "wolf like" breeds being abandoned or surrendered. 

3) The Siberian Husky Welfare Association  claims to have struggled handling DOZENS of calls each week with people wanting to offload their huskies, and other snow dogs.


But, huskies are so beautiful, so loving and friendly!

This may be true, but a Siberian Husky is not for everyone, and definitely not fit for a first time dog owner.

The popular book and t.v series Game of Thrones stars the Stark family. 
The Stark's have 6 children who had came across (and adopted) 6 Direwolf pups.

After this shows mad popularity, everyone wanted a "Direwolf"

Don't get me wrong, Game of Thrones is one of my most FAV shows, however people see the beauty of an animal on a TV show, and instantly want them for themselves. 

Game Of Thrones scene with DireWolf pups
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What breed played the Direwolves?

Through my research, I found that the wolves are being played by Northern Inuit dogs.
These can be mixes of Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, and a variety of Inuit dogs.

Siberian Huskies, and Malamutes being two of the top "wolf like" breeds, people began adopting them like crazy, without first doing research on them.

If you take a look at my page titled "Are Huskies for you?" you can find the pros, the cons, the good bad and ugly of being owned by a sibe. As these breeds are most definitely beautiful, loving and playful, they can also be a handful if the proper care is not taken, and exercise not given. 

Because people do not take the time to do the needed research, far far too many get dumped in a shelter, or even abandoned onto the streets.



What to take out of this?
If you plan on adopting a husky, you are making a life time commitment, (as with any pet) so please do your research, be sure that a sibe will fit your life style, and you and your pup can live a great life together.

This weeks contribution to Sepia Saturday :


Sepia Saturday is hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Earl's World.






38 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing those thoughts! Yes, people love their blue eyes without thinking that a dog is not a toy!

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    1. Yes absolutely, and with their appearence it's hard not to fall in love with them, but nobody seems to think to research what their getting before hand :(

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  2. I had no idea the show was responsible for this. I hope people get more responsible with animals.

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    1. Yep, that's what they say. Lately it seems I have been seeing numerous husky pups all named after those Direwolves from the show, so all I can do is hope they have been researched because they really are lovely names

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  3. We agree with Vanessa. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. I don't watch that show, but I can tell from the photo that those puppies are darn cute, and can see why people would want one. But we totally agree people need to do their research before adopting a certain breed (and you provide lots of good info here).
    The sale didn't come up? I think it just went to the landing page for your store.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Oh oops! Thanks for letting me know! I must have copy and pasted the wrong link, it is all fixed now though :)
      Yes, the pups were cute and equally beautifully all grown up, so I can see why as well, but people definitely need to do their research though! Thanks for coming by.

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  5. yes please do your research, thank you for informing us about Husky's. 700% that is hugh, urgh

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  6. I think there was also a surge in Husky adoptions after the movie "Eight Below" starring the late Paul Walker came out. The rescue Buddy is from is in the Northern part of our province and I would say almost all of the dogs are a Husky cross of some kind. Buddy is Siberian Husky and Golden Retriever. He is one of the lucky ones and I am so thankful he came into our hearts and our home.

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    1. Yes there absolutely was a surge after that movie too. I think really any movie that stars huskies ends up getting more of them adopted, which would be great except for the people who don't know what their getting into!!!!

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  7. Great article. Huskies are very beautiful, but looks are far from the most important thing about any long-term relationship! I am lucky to have a family that really knows my needs and can provide an environment that meets them.

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    1. Thanks, and yes your absolutely right.
      I'm glad your humans take good care of you!

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  8. Interesting post today,xx Rachel

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  9. It's too bad, every time a movie or TV show features a breed, it causes harm to that breed. Great post, I hadn't realized this was happening.

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    1. I know :( It is so sad really. I mean, it is obvious they are a beautiful breed, but just not for everyone out there.

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  10. I didn't know this! I was still working as a vet tech when the Twilight book series came out, and I still think there was an increase of the breed even before that. But yes, I would say that we saw even more Husky puppies about 4 years ago. I can definitely see how this could cause an increase in demand of the breed though, even though I had no idea. I don't watch the Game of Thrones show and am not really familiar with it.

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    1. Game of Thrones really is a fantastic show, I love it! The little Direwolf pups were adorable, and I can see the attraction, but people just don;t realize that not every breed out there is a good fit for any human out there.

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  11. Yes it's a shame that TV and films like Twilight have encourage people who are unprepared to have huskies and mallies take them on and then abandon them. Makes me sad that people don't do their research first

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    1. It really is a shame. This has happened for Huskies, Mally's and so many other snowdogs, it is sad!

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  12. Glad you bring to light that although they're wonderful dogs, Huskies are not right for every dog owner. They are very high maintenance and not easy to train - you must put in the TIME & EFFORT to train them! I didn't know Twilight created a Husky demand, those were clearly wolves; really BIG wolves! I never thought about that. So sad to hear about all the surrenders - I hope to adopt another Husky in the next couple of years when our lives are less crazy. I wore the beautiful necklace I bought from you to the Holiday Pet Festival today! LUV IT!

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    1. Oh good!!! I'm so glad you love your item from our shop!!! Can't wait till you get your others too!!!
      That is great news your thinking on getting another sibe!!

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  13. You're right...we didn't know these things. But then, the mom doesn't watch Game of Thrones. It's too bad that humans see something on a TV show and think it's cool, but then find out it's not as cool or easy as they thought. Humans need to be educated about this stuff. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks my island pals. I know what you mean, I do watch the show, it is a fantastic series, and I have read the books as well, but people just don't realize until they jump into a decision. People need to think!!! SHEESH!

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  14. I've always loved huskies and malamutes, since I was a small child. They are so beautiful.. even though I love them, I know they are not the dog for me. :D

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    1. See?! And if more people would think like that, this wouldn't be happening nearly as much!!

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  15. I believe every time a show that features a dog is popular the craze happens and then people realize their dog is not like the one of television or the movie. Thanks for the info! ♥

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  16. You always teach me more about Huskies :-))

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

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  17. Northern breeds certainly aren't for everyone, but they definitely can be if the person has patience, a willingness to exercise, and tolerance for fur!

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    1. Exactly! All it takes is research! And if they are a fit for your life then great!!!! They will be getting a wonderful dog!!

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  18. Love the purple frame. Classic. Happy Sepia Saturday!

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