Monday, May 5, 2014

Game of Thrones Dogs in High Demand

Thanks to the hit HBO series ““Game of Thrones”, a certain breed of dog local to the U.K. is receiving a lot of attention and is in very high demand.

The Northern Inuit, which is the breed used for the scenes with the Stark kids and their dire wolves in the first season,   actually resembles a mix between a malamute and a German shepherd. The breed was founded during the 1980’s by Edwina “Eddie” Harrison, a breeder based in the U.K. these huge dogs are commonly mistaken as a wolf hybrid, which caused an uproar when they first became available as pets. However, the breed is actually mixed with a number of different rescue dogs like the Siberian husky, German shepherd and Alaskan malamute.

This resulted with a dog that looks like a wolf. This beautiful breed, thanks to their different genetic bases, makes them good pets. They’re very loyal, affectionate and friendly. They’re grate around kids, which is one of the reasons why they were used for the Game of Thrones scenes.  They don’t make a lot of noise and are pretty docile. They’re intelligent and easy to train. Finally, they can easily get along with other animals, even other dogs.

The down side of owning a Northern Inuit is that they don’t do well when left alone too long. They’re prone to separation anxiety and can stand having to wait for their owners to come back home. They’re very active, so taking them out for exercise frequently is needed.  And they’re diggers, so don’t expect to see flowerbeds survive with these dogs around as pets. 

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