BREED: Mini Australian Shepherd (possible mix)
DOB: August 2017
WEIGHT: 16 lbs
COLOR: Black and white
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active Companion / Sports Competitor
LOCATION: near Roanoke, VA
Don't let all this cuteness fool you. Baz is a busy little puppy – but with so much potential.
Baz was picked up as a stray so his background is unknown. We think he is a mini-Aussie (or mix). He weighs about 16 lbs at 6 months of age. He still has a lot of puppy (mis)behaviors, and his new parent(s) should be committed to training classes to help him develop good manners. (Because he is so small and cute, it is very easy to spoil him.) He can be very attentive and is very food-motivated, which makes training so much easier.
Baz will do best in a home with another dog that is tolerant of a busy puppy who loves to play. He has been reported to dig at the fence and can be startled by loud noises. Because of these behaviors, he may be a flight risk and we will want to place him in a home that will ensure his safety. (No underground e-fencing.)
He has been a delightful foster. He tolerates the crate very well, and will sleep through the night in his crate. He also is fine in the crate if you need a break for a couple of hours during the day. When he is taken outside on a regular basis, he has not had an accident in the house. He has been carsick during longer car rides, but he has shown improvement with shorter rides and continued de-sensitization should resolve that problem.
Baz has great potential for sports (rally, agility, flyball, or ??) and would do best in an active home. As stated above, the adopter should be ready to treat him as a puppy and apply the appropriate training methods. He is a little mouthy so may not be appropriate for very young children that will excite him too much. He has shown some mild resource guarding of a bone, but could be re-directed to other food in order to give up his treasured bone.
All potential adopters are required to have a home visit prior to placement of one of our rescues. Baz's adoption fee is $300, plus a neuter deposit of $150 (to be refunded upon veterinary proof of neuter), and we offer a two-week trial period when you adopt one of our dogs.
Thank you for considering a rescue!