Fans of the hit television show,‘Game of Thrones’, are being asked to stop buying Huskies by one of its biggest stars.
Since the show premiered in 2011, there has been an alarming demand for Huskies because of the breed’s similarities to direwolves,with animal rescues in the UK reportedly seeing a 700 per cent increase in abandoned Huskies.
Actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, has teamed up with animal charity PETA to remind fans that dogs should only be acquired as family members. As Huskies were originally bred for long-distance sled-hauling, they have a high work drive, so need lots of mental and physical stimulation.
Peter comments: “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these Huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs.”
However, according to Kennel Club statistics, there has been a signifi cant decrease in the number of Siberian Huskies being registered over the past 10 years. In 2007, there were 2,000 puppies registered, compared to 747 in 2016.