The Sacramento County SPCA is blaming people who got carried away with the HBO show “Game of Thrones” for the increased number of abandoned Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds.

The “Game of Thrones” fans may have been inspired by wolves that appear in the show and turned to wolf-like dogs to live out such fantasy.

The number of abandoned huskies alarmingly multiplying by eight-fold across the United States in 2011, the year that the Game of Thrones series premiered.


A Siberian Husky and a German Shepherd. Image by Gavyn Caldwell from Pixabay 

According to, Belinda Breen, an animal behavior specialists, like say it’s a people tend to love the fantasy without checking reality by inspecting if these dogs fit their lifestyles.

The Sacramento County SPCA, who called it a case of life imitating art, noted that owners of Huskies and German Shepherds need to be well-trained and have a focus in caring for them.

Unfortunately, many pet parents, especially those who got too eager to acquire them while following the Games of Thrones series, underestimated the work in caring for them.

Siberian Huskies are medium-sized working dogs that are active, energetic, and quick and light on its feet. These dogs were initially used in Alaska as sled dogs.

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German Shepherd Dogs are large, agile, muscular working dogs that were developed originally for herding sheep.

When caring is done right, including giving them lots of stimulation and exercise, the Huskies and German Shepherds are delightful pets.

Consequently, many of the Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds sadly end up in dog shelters.

According to Marnie Musser, a worker at the Sacramento County SPCA, the influx is not limited to their community but nationwide.

Before procuring a pet dog, experts suggest that you research to identify the breed that fits your lifestyle.

Do you have what it takes to be a Siberian Husky pet owner?

Watch the following YouTube video about 10 Facts About Siberian Huskies by Sixty Formula before getting these dogs as pets:




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