Skip to comments.TV blamed for 'wolves' trend: Soaring numbers of dog breeds including huskies being abandoned
Posted on 02/24/2014 4:17:57 PM PST by Morgana
Soaring numbers of wolf breed dogs are being abandoned by owners unable to cope with the pets - which have become popular after featuring in cult films and television shows such as Twilight and Game of Thrones.
Charities including The Dogs Trust say hundreds of dogs such as Malamutes, Huskies and Sarloos were given up last year because their demands for attention and exercise are proving too much.
And last week, six day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane was mauled to death by her parents pet Alaskan Malamute at their home in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.
Police are currently still investigating the circumstances of the tots death and have not destroyed the dog.
The Dogs Trust, Britains largest dog rescue charity, has experienced a three-fold rise in wolf breed dogs brought to its rehoming centres.
The charity says it is gravely concerned about the situation, saying unscrupulous breeders are also to blame, for selling the dogs to people in town-centre flats who were out at work all day and left them unattended.
Last year the trust took in 261 abandoned wolf-type dogs up from 78 in 2010.
Although known for being friendly, affectionate and loyal, wolf breed dogs are also prone to separation anxiety and extreme boisterousness.
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They are so beautiful!
Yes they are. I won’t have any other dog.
People are such morons.
The worst thing that can happen to ANY breed is to become “popular”.
101 Dalmations was an epic train wreck for that breed.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Rin Tin Tin.
Turner And Hooch.
It goes on and on.
Keep that vicious beast on a choke chain! Oh, and rub his tummy. BTT
They aren’t being ‘abandoned’. They’re running away, as wolves do.
I threaten to beat him with a stick but he won’t believe me.
Well, it might help if the stick didn’t still have the pork chop attached.
Huskies are about the most beautiful critters on earth, and people fall for their good looks. But they also have more personality, energy, confidence and brains than most people can handle. Do your homework before taking one home; they are not labs.
I raise my hand like I’m going to hit him and it just gives him a case of the whole body wags.
There is a solid white wolf/dog I have seen on several TV shows and maybe movies. I am pretty sure it is the same dog.
Malamutes and Huskies are not wolf breeds, As far as the Sarloos:
The saarloos wolfdog is a dog created in the Netherlands by a dutch breeder named Leendert Sarloos in 1921 when he wanted to create a improved version of the German Shepperd that can be immune to the distemper the first cross that he attempted to create the saarloos wolfdog was a German Shepperd male and a female Eurasian Wolf as far as we know he succeed since the saarloos wolf dog known today is an imposing and strong dog. Only thing is that it kept some of the characteristics from the wolf like cautious, very reserved and lacks ferocity when it comes to attack impulse.
Having been last bred with wolves around 90 years ago I find it difficult to call It a wolf breed currently. You might as well call all dogs wolf breeds.
That’s what science should be working on, how to “labotomize” a husky. :)
More proof that morons shouldn’t be allowed to own dogs
or vote (they’re Rats), procreate, own cars or guns
They name their kids after crappy TV show characters.
They make major life decisions based on the uneducated, inane bigoted ramblings of a celebutard.
I love my giant wolf dog. He’s an oddball who likes to keep his own counsel, and do his own thinking, but he has a gentle nature toward animals and people alike. Someone dumped him on my doorstep when he was a tiny, blue-eyed puppy, and I almost didn’t keep him. I’m glad I did.
We rescued a half-Husky dog about 14 years ago. She looks more like Husky than the Aussie Sheppard that is her other half. Anyway, I thought she would be great because I could take her out and run three miles or so with her every day.
She is a wonderful dog but is one of the laziest creatures I have ever encountered next to our cats. No one in our family could get to to walk or run past the Library which is exactly a half mile from our home. If we try to take her further she sits down and locks her front legs. Once she does that she cannot be moved unless we turn around towards home.
Her favorite thing to do is lay in the Family Room at our feet. Boisterous my rear end!
I havze had huskies...
great dogs, friendly, strong, but not too bright...
they need lots of room to run... if you live in a subdivision, do not get one, it is not fair to the animal..
they will dig, it is breed into them, they cannot be taught not to...
they are working animal, and crave and need lots of exersise....
I went to a farm years ago where the owner was breeding wolf/Great Dane mixes.
I loved my Husky. The neighborhood’s cat owners weren’t real fond of her, though...
“He weren't no common dog, weren't no mongrel either. He was a composite” Mark Twain.
Why can’t they actually give a little thought as to what breed suits them, fits into their lives, etc.?
That’s so adorable
I personally like the “Dire Wolves” of Games Of Thrones.
However, I was not compelled to go out and buy myself something big and ferociously furry, such as an Anatolian Shepherd or Tibetan Mastiff because of them.
Did you know someone has been attempting to “breed Dire Wolves”...sort of?
Non-dog people will still consider them “wolfen” dogs.
Then again, if they actually knew dog stuff, they wouldn’t be cramming Malamutes into apartments in the first place.
Very true! :(
One of the saddest things I ever saw was a biker chick who lived downtown with a small yard full of Huskies.
She thought they looked like wolves and therefore, ‘went with the biker image’.
They were skinny from anxiety, frustrated and miserable.
Those howls she loved to listen to were cries of despair.
The second saddest was some people who had full blooded wolves in a very small fenced yard.
They gave them old sofas to play with.
[destroy in frustration, more like]
The last I saw of them, the elder bitch had a huge tumor hanging off of her belly but no vets would treat her, even if they could’ve gotten her to one.
That’s no life for a wolf.
It’s been years ago since I was by there and I hope they all have gone to a better place.
You only have ONE JRT to kick around? How sad. :(
I’ve got the corgi mix but I’d break my foot if I tried kicking her fat ass.
Poor babies...I can’t stand it. It’s clueless people with unrealistic animal fantasies. Sometimes it’s dogs or wolves, or sometimes an idiot decides he thinks tigers are cool and decides to get one for his apartment. It’s always the animals who pay for the stupidity.
You’d think “rare breeds” would be spared this, wouldn’t you?
When Bunny the Ibizan Hound won the Hound group at Westminster 2 years running, *everybody* wanted one of those elegant, exotic dogs.
For most people, it was the first time they’d ever seen one.
Not long after, when I was on the Ibizan Hound rescue committee, they were flooding into rescue.
People bought them and soon discovered that it was very much like having an antelope/jackal cross living in your house.
They are NOT for everyone...they’re a breed barely suitable for anyone but a select group prepared to deal with all the craziness that comes with them, frankly.
I’ve had them for 24 years and every one of them came from horrid situations.
Back when I had my first one, finding somebody who had another one was nearly impossible.
Now, there’s scores of litters, every year.
Maybe more, by now...I’ve stopped keeping track.
It was too terrible to watch.
A guy not too far from here had a veritable personal zoo on his property for a long time.
I’ll never forget the week that lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) were wandering loose when his fence failed.
He eventually passed away.
I don’t know what happened to the critters.
And to make another poster’s ideological point, he was a gay liberal guy.
You know the rule.
Post pictures or it never happened.
Not only are they STUPID, but they are just plain LAZY. having a dog is not the same as a hamster or a gold fish.
We have 2 acres, but a very small house and so when we lost our lab/chow mix last summer we knew a smaller dog would be the order of the day when we decided it was time. The Heinz57 pup we fell in love with in December loves running and being outside, but she will probably never even get to 20 pounds.
I have owned several Lab/mutt mixed dogs, all of them throw aways. They are probably the easiest dogs to own although mine are never allowed inside.
They probably would not be so good indoors but they love to roam around the yard. Good watch dogs except they are a little too friendly.
Sounds like an interesting mix. Dogs like that need farms and ranches to live on. I kept a Great Dane whose owners moved to the city and couldn’t keep him. He was huge, even by Great Dane standards, in the record book area, and I didn’t feel like I could give him to just anyone. Finally I found a rancher who had a Great Dane, and he was thrilled to get another one. Those dogs lived out their lives running in pastures with horses.
I had to look up the “Ibizan Hound”. Very elegant-looking breed!
I love his little whiskers!!
You know, I’ve never posted a picture, but I keep thinking I should take some good pictures of my dogs, including the neighbor’s big dog that we babysit, and post them for you guys. I’ll tell my son to get busy on it.
Reminds me of that incident a couple of years ago—remember——when that guy let all of his exotic animals loose. It was a bunch of them, and I think they were all killed.
I love mutts. And I’m sorry about the loss of yours.
Hey, a dog isn’t any trouble...just chain him in the backyard and let him have a dirty dish of water. No sweat. /S
I know I’ll be waiting...:)
/*loves* to see FReeper’s pups
That’s an intimidating lookin’ doggie!