Most dog owners know that the best way to pick a pet pooch is to carefully consider breed traits and personality, and then to think about how they will fit in with your family and day-to-day lifestyle.

However, in recent years an unfortunate trend has emerged which has seen people seeking out 'designer dogs' and thereby choosing their pets based on looks and failing to properly understand their new pet's needs.

And the most recent craze for designer canines has been fuelled by the vampire-themed Twilight saga. Last year Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations rehomed 203 dogs resembling the wolf - such as the Siberian Husky, Akita and Alaskan Malamute - while many other breed and general rescue homes are also currently struggling to cope with the ever increasing numbers of these canines being abandoned or given up.

These breeds have gained popularity over the past few years due to the likes of Jacob Black's half man half wolf character in Twilight and the Dire Wolf based on the Northern Inuit dog in Game of Thrones, as they display close similarities to these fantasy characters.

However, what many people don't realise is that these breeds are big, strong dogs that require plenty of premium dog food, long walks and hours of training to keep them healthy and happy.

Therefore, owners often find that they can no longer cope with their pet as it grows stronger and older and they end up taking them to rescue centres that are already feeling the strain of having too many unwanted dogs.

"All the Siberian rescues are inundated with unwanted Siberian Huskies," said Sue Jones, from Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Welfare.

"Sadly the breed is a victim of its own beauty and people buy without making themselves aware of its needs. Huskies need lots of exercise and company, to be kept on a lead when out on a walk and to have secure fencing in the garden."

Written by: Hannah