Game of Thrones blamed for rise in number of abandoned huskies

These husky cross puppies are among those 'wolf-like' breeds looking for a home. Credit: Blue Cross

A leading animal charity has warned huskies are on the "most-unwanted" dogs list for the first time thanks to the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones.

The Blue Cross charity said it has seen "an incredible" 700% increase in husky-type dogs being given up for adoption or abandoned over the past five years.

Blue Cross has seen a 700% increase in husky-type dogs being given up for adoption or abandoned over the past five years. Credit: Blue Cross

A litter of nine husky-cross puppies are currently looking for homes after their mother was found as a stray brought into a rehoming centre before giving birth, the charity said.

Fans of the hit TV show are believed to have rushed out and bought "wolf-like" breeds - emulating the direwolves in Game of Thrones - without considering the problems owning such a large and energetic pet can bring.

Caroline Thompson, deputy rehoming centre manager at Blue Cross Thirsk, warned: "Huskies and other similar breeds are working dogs and they need lots of mental and physical stimulation.

"Ideally they need a good couple of hours exercise every day and experienced owners who have plenty of time to spend with them.

"Sadly, the reason we’re now seeing so many of these breeds being given up is because so many people get them without doing enough research into the kind of care they need."