Ok I have to admit, I just wanted to attract your attention. The truth is that the direwolves, kept as pets by members (acknowledged or bastards) of the Stark family, are a very interesting aspect of the series and its storyline. The bond between beast and owner seems to deepen as the series goes by, and the direwolves’ lives and personalities reflect their human owners’ own development.
The direwolves portrayed by a breed of dog called Northern Inuit. While their name brings up an image of some big husky pack pulling a snow sledge deep in the North American Arctic tundra, the truth about this breed is somewhat more…aesthetic. The breed was created in the 1980’s with the sole purpose of creating a domesticated breed resembling wolves. these dogs are in fact related to the Alaskan Malamute and the Husky. These ar very sociable dogs – they suffer from being alone, and are very affectionate to humans.
The dogs, unlike what some sources tell us, actually came from the breeder Mahlek Northern Inuits in the UK, except for Ghost who came from a Scottish breeder.
Poor Lady was played by Zunni, while Zunni’s grandchild Indie played another of the main roles. Two other dirwolfcubs were played by Sully and Zuis.
Given the restrictions on what animals could be used on set, I think the choice was a good one. Wolves could not be used both because of the danger itself and because, even if they had been well trained, it would have been illegal in the UK.
The direwolves, previously thought to have been extinct, are the sigil animals of House Stark. The Direwolves first appear in episode one of a Game of Thrones, when six direwolf pups are found next to their dead mother by the Stark siblings and their illegitimate brother, Jon Snow.
- Grey Wind -Rob Stark’s direwolf;
- Lady – Sansa Stark’s direwolf;
- Nymeria – Arya Stark’s direwolf, named after a warrior princess. Nymeria’s wild life relects Arya’s own wild streak later on in the series;
- Summer – Bran Stark’s direwolf. Bran and Summer share a very strong bond, which strengthens as the story unfolds;
- Shaggydog – Rickon Stark’s direwolf;
- Ghost – Jon Snow’s albino direwolf.
I’ve avoided giving background on the direwolves’ lives in order to avoid spoilers.