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Why Bay Space shelters could also be seeing an inflow of massive canines

Over the previous a number of months, we’ve seen increasingly huge canines coming via our doorways at Marin Humane. And we’re not alone. Shelters all through our area, in addition to all through the nation, are seeing a disproportionate variety of Siberian huskies, German shepherds and pit mixes, amongst different massive breeds.

There are just a few theories as to why we’re seeing this development now. Many individuals imagine the proliferation of Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes is as a result of reputation of “Recreation of Thrones,” which featured dire wolves (now extinct) — animals which bear a resemblance to those canines. It’s thought that individuals unfamiliar with these breeds purchased them as puppies for his or her look or perceived persona solely to find they bought greater than they bargained for. Whereas very clever and customarily social, they’re additionally impartial, adept escape artists and considerably aloof. These breeds often have excessive prey drive. German shepherds, bred for herding and guarding, are very clever and extremely trainable, but in addition excessive vitality and in some instances, excessive strung. They’re fiercely loyal to their guardians however are typically fairly cautious of strangers.

Pit mixes are the large galoots of the bunch. They’re tremendous affectionate, enjoyable loving and quirky, however might be rambunctious and laborious to deal with, given their measurement and energy. They might even have a robust prey drive.

When a guardian realizes their canine requires extra work and time than they have been ready to speculate, they typically give up them to shelters.

All these kind of canines require a guardian who understands their temperament, wants and limitations. Additionally they want guardians prepared to place within the time and coaching.

“Meaning studying to channel the working drive of those canines,” says Virginia Grainger, Marin Humane canine shelter habits supervisor. “It additionally would possibly embrace some challenges in the course of the canine’s adolescence, which begins at about eight months and might final till the canine is 3 years previous. Identical to human youngsters, canines can undergo a little bit of a rebel and will push boundaries, not hear and will even exhibit new behaviors you haven’t seen earlier than. Persistence, coaching and administration assist canines journey out this part of maturing. Applicable shops and enrichment experiences assist everybody hold their sanity.”

One other vital issue is housing.

With the tight and costly housing market within the Bay Space, individuals with pets, particularly massive canines, are having an more and more laborious time discovering housing that permits them. Many property house owners gained’t enable any pets and others have strict breed and/or measurement necessities. Some cost exorbitant additional charges for pets, nicely past what could be wanted and lined in a deposit.

Marin Humane has created a particular part of its web site devoted to serving to individuals with pets discovering housing. We’re additionally reaching out to property administration and insurance coverage firms to encourage pet-friendly insurance policies. Nevertheless, these are huge hills to climb, so we anticipate we’ll proceed to see these massive, lovable canines in shelters for fairly a while. To encourage extra adoptions, Marin Humane is waiving adoptions charges on all animals throughout July. Go to to see all of the cuties — huge and small — ready for his or her without end properties.

Lisa Bloch is the advertising and communications director for Marin Humane, which contributes Tails of Marin articles and welcomes animal-related questions and tales concerning the individuals and animals in our neighborhood. Go to, discover us on social media @marinhumane, or e-mail

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