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Why shelters could also be seeing an inflow of massive canine – Marin Impartial Journal

Over the previous a number of months, we’ve seen an increasing number of huge canine 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 a couple of theories as to why we’re seeing this pattern 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 canine. It’s thought that folks unfamiliar with these breeds purchased them as puppies for his or her look or perceived persona solely to find they obtained greater than they bargained for. Whereas very clever and customarily social, they’re additionally impartial, adept escape artists and considerably aloof. These breeds ceaselessly have excessive prey drive. German shepherds, bred for herding and guarding, are very clever and extremely trainable, but additionally excessive vitality and in some circumstances, excessive strung. They’re fiercely loyal to their guardians however are typically quite cautious of strangers.

Pit mixes are the massive galoots of the bunch. They’re tremendous affectionate, enjoyable loving and quirky, however will be rambunctious and onerous to deal with, given their dimension and energy. They might even have a powerful prey drive.

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

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

“Meaning studying to channel the working drive of those canine,” says Virginia Grainger, Marin Humane canine shelter conduct supervisor. “It additionally would possibly embrace some challenges in the course of the canine’s adolescence, which begins at about eight months and may final till the canine is 3 years outdated. Similar to human youngsters, canine can undergo a little bit of a riot and should push boundaries, not hear and should even exhibit new behaviors you haven’t seen earlier than. Endurance, coaching and administration assist canine journey out this part of maturing. Applicable retailers 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, folks with pets, particularly massive canine, are having an more and more onerous time discovering housing that permits them. Many property homeowners gained’t permit any pets and others have strict breed and/or dimension necessities. Some cost exorbitant further charges for pets, effectively past what is likely to be wanted and lined in a deposit.

Marin Humane has created a particular part of its web site devoted to serving to folks 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 canine 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 eternally houses.

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

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