Neko is a neutered, 3 year old Weimerainer/Pit mix. He was displaced by a family going through a divorce that left him and their schnauzer behind. He got along well with the schnauzer and they liked being crated together. However he is picky about which dogs he tolerates and does not seem to do well with young, high energy, in your face dogs and he definitely insists on being a the dominant dog. However he does fine with my chihuahua who generally doesn’t really want much to do with him and let’s him have his space. I don’t generally leave them alone together unattended though. He displayed dominance mounting occasionally with the schnauzer we were previously fostering with him but no aggression. He was going to be dropped at a shelter but I stepped in as an intermediary to foster him in hopes of keeping him out of a kill shelter and placing him with a loving, supportive home. He does fine with my small child but I am generally a very careful person and don’t leave them unattended together or in situations where they interact on their own. His previous home had adults and teenage children and I think those are the ages he would probably do best with. I think he could do okay with a submissive and calm, laid back dog, but it has to be the right fit because he has shown aggressive to dogs that are too energetic, dominant or playful.
When we first took him in, he was understandably stressed and nervous from being displaced but after a few days with clear boundaries and with continuing the crate training he was already used to from his previous home, he acclimated very well became very laid back, listens well, never has accidents in the house. He doesn’t try to escape out of our yard and enjoys just hanging out outside and being part of the family and cuddling up on the couch or just being around the family. He loves walks and tends to pull but we got him a no pull harness that has fixed that. We have a cat that he seems very interested in because he’s never been around them before. Initially he chased him but with clear and firm direction he knows not to chase him anymore and leaves him alone although again, I personally don’t leave them unattended together ever.
With all our pets and small child, Neko doesn’t get as much time out of his crate in our home as I would like. He does get a lot of time in the backyard and loves to fetch his favorite tennis ball, LOVES walks and family time. We are looking for the right home for him that will respect his personality and unique needs and be able to include him as a full member of their family freely as he truly deserves to be. In his previous home that we fostered him from, he was kept in a home in a crate next to his schnauzer foster roommate and only let outside to pee three times a day for a period of about 3-6 months. The family was not living in the home, so by being part of our foster home, he has clearly calmed down and seems like a different dog now that he’s comfortable and knows he’s safe. He may be nervous at first in a new home but with a few days to acclimate he calms down and is able to show what a calm, content dog he truly is.
Interested parties may contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: April 17, 2020