Game of Thrones fans urged by Peter Dinklage to stop buying huskies

The show has an wonderful fan-base, and has become one of the most popular series HBO has ever seen. With all of that popularity there are a few downsides of course, and Peter Dinklage is calling out one of them in particular. The long-time vegetarian, animal lover and dog dad recently released a statement urging his fans not to rush into pet ownership and to always adopt, not buy, when looking to add a furry member to their family. A United Kingdom estimate puts the increase in abandoned huskies at an astonishing 700 per cent for the breed which resembles the show's direwolves.

Record numbers of GoT fans are reportedly buying or adopting Siberian huskies or wolf-like dogs in a bid to replicate the much-loved (and very fictional) direwolf, as seen on the HBO show.

"Please, please: if you're going to bring a dog into your family, make sure you're prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and do not forget to always, always adopt from a shelter".

While, yes, they may be adorable, the rise in the number of dogs of this breed being adopted has also increased the amount of dogs being abandoned.

Two breed-specific rescue groups in Northern California have seen their numbers double over the last two years, and the United Kingdom has reported similar statistics since the show premiered in 2011. "They are not happy with simply slobbing in front of the telly".

Dinklage urges those who want to adopt a dog to do so from a shelter, not a breeder or pet store.

PETA points out that the same trend of buying up dog breeds happened after the wild successes of 101 Dalmations, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde and Men in Black.

In response, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the hit show, has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to speak out against this risky trend.

Vanessa Coleman