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Popular Vampire Series Lead to Increase of Wolf-Like Dogs Being Abandoned

huskyPerhaps you’re a fan of a popular vampire series such as “True Blood” or “Twilight” and thought that having a wolf-like dog would be pretty cool. Well, according to The Boston Standard, dog breeds that are wolf-like are being increasingly abandoned.

The Jerry Green Dog Rescue in the U.K. has seen an increase in the amount of Huskies and Malamutes being given up or abandoned at its five centers. Numerous other animal charities and organizations have reported similar increases involving wolf-like breeds.

The rescue has even received several calls asking which dog breeds resemble wolves.

Jerry Green Dog Rescue Manger, Jo Hickson, told the Standard: “The organization as a whole is seeing an increase in Husky types, especially Malamutes. People take them on because they look wolf-like but then can’t handle them an we are getting more and more phone calls with people wanting to give them up.”

Huskies and Malamutes are known for their wolf-like appearance, but most people probably don’t know that these breeds are also higher-maintenance than other dogs. Huskies have an above-average energy level and there is no maximum to how much exercise they can handle (barring hot temperatures).

Since Huskies were bred to run and pull sleds, they need numerous hours of exercise each day and must have a task like guarding, sledding or hiking to be physically and mentally stimulated enough to be calm at home.

“I would always advise people not to pick a dog based on its appearance, as appearances can be deceptive,” Hickson added.

Huskies can also be very destructive if left indoors or without exercise for too long. The public seems to have a misconception about the breed, wanting them just for their appearance, but not realizing how much work goes into taking care of them.

“People think they look impressive to other people when they are walking them, so they are becoming a bit of a status symbol,” Hickson said.

Several reports seem to indicate that it won’t be long before huskies are flooding the market. Though Huskies are beautiful dogs, if you choose to adopt or rescue one, please be sure you’ll be able to take care of your new dog’s needs.

PHOTO: Alex Campos

Amelia LeRutte

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daily_digg
daily_digg

@iLoveDogsInc #FF#Twilight Reminds me of the 101 Dalmatians movie- many folks adopted spotted pups then lost interest when they grew up.

theDogSinatra
theDogSinatra

@iLoveDogsInc I don't understand the mindset that can just walk away from pets.

walkiesdoggies
walkiesdoggies

@iLoveDogsInc I have a Husky, she walks 5 miles a day, i had no idea what i got myself into. But I learned and I would never give her up

meeyra_
meeyra_

@troyjunior @iLoveDogsInc I personally think it should not be legal to breed those types of dogs -

angelamoore
angelamoore

THIS IS SO FULL OF B.S............ I HAVE RAISED A SIBERIAN-HUSKY/ROT MIX IN FLORIDA FOR 9 YRS. WITH NO PROBLEM WHAT-SO-EVER RAISED HER SINCE SHE WAS 5 WEEKS OLD, SHE PAST LAST YR.... SHE SLEPT WITH ME WENT EVERYWHERE IN MY HOUSE WITH ME,,.. ONE OF THE BEST DOGS I EVER HAD,, THE OTHER BEST DOG THERE IS , IS THE PIT BULL.....THESE WERE THE BEST & VERY VERY LOYAL DOGS I HAVE EVER OWNED & WILL EVER OWN........WHOEVER SAYS OTHER WISE IS FULL OF ...

iLoveDogsInc
iLoveDogsInc

@daily_digg Yes, we were reminded of that as well. Just hope everyone does their research before adopting a dog.

SafaMahmoud
SafaMahmoud

@walkiesdoggies @ilovedogsinc all my respect

iLoveDogsInc
iLoveDogsInc

@walkiesdoggies We're so glad you were able to keep your husky and give her a good home.

december201212
december201212

 @angelamoore Just because you had ONE single dog that behaved a certain way does not mean you are a creditable source to state otherwise of the "breed standard." They run tests on breeds to get a basis for how they generally are. There are ALWAYS exceptions, and just because you had a single exception does not mean that all huskies or husky mixes are based on what you had. I am glad you had a good dog that did what you wanted, I on the other hand have a husky/german shepherd mix who is extremely active and can be frustrating if you don't give her something to do or work with. I walk her minimum 1.5 hours straight a day because I love it. I love her. We go tracking, I take her to the woods daily to release her energy, and we train with obedience.  That is my way of life and I would never ever want a "lazy" dog who just wants to sit at home all day (even though all dogs have energy and want to do something).

daily_digg
daily_digg

@iLoveDogsInc #FF#Twilight Have to find the right canine pal BEFORE you adopt. Humans need to know they are responsible for their canine kid