Age: 5 months Sex: Male Breed: Crossbreed
Sparky was one of 5 puppies who arrived in December 2017. He went into foster care shortly afterwards and is now looking for his forever home.
Here’s what his foster family have to say: -
In terms of his personality, he took a few days settling in where he was quite pensive but after that he has really come out of himself and is a typical, forward puppy, running around and causing mischief.
He is doing quite well with is toilet training I’d say he does 70% of his toilet outside, but this still needs work. He has been out for a few walks and is improving in his confidence every time, but he still finds it daunting; he doesn't pull on the lead but weaves right to left so will need more training to improve this. As with all puppies he chews EVERYTHING so whoever adopts him will need to bear this in mind.
He also play bites when he gets excited, and sometimes does it quite hard - there is no aggression there and I think he will grow out of this - however for this reason, I don't think he would be suitable with younger children / children who have never had a puppy.
He is a very clever dog and is always running around wanting to play, so I think he would really benefit from puppy training and socialisation classes, he is also incredibly athletic so potentially could be trained to do dog agility if someone put the time in.
I think he would suit a family with plenty going on, who have lots of time and energy to train him and take him for walks. He does cry when people leave the house and requires a lot of attention so I think he would need to be with a family where someone is in all or most of the time.
He is a very cuddly boy and loves snuggling in on the sofa, he curls around your neck like a cat and he also sleeps on my bed every night. He really loves cuddling in and being stroked so I think he would be best with a family who are happy to have him on the sofas and in the bedroom.
He is very excitable with the cats, he loves them and spends a lot of his time trying to play with them, but they obviously don't like this so they run away which causes him to chase and bark at them, for this reason I think he would probably be better in a home without cats - not due to aggression but due to him annoying the cats.
I think he would really benefit from living with another sensible dog, as it would help him learn manners and give him a playmate to exert some of his energy. When he meets dogs out and about he is a bit nervous and doesn't know what to do - probably due to lack of socialisation but again there is no aggression and I think it would be great for him to have a friend. He will also need someone who is committed to socialising him with other dogs and making sure he regularly spends time with other dog friends as he clearly craves attention from other animals.
Also, he has had a few problems with his skin - when we first got him it was extremely itchy and he constantly nibbled, he also had consistent diarrhoea for the first week. This has calmed somewhat after we moved him onto hypoallergenic food (Arden grange) that we used to feed our bulldog who had terrible skin, and feed him only fresh meat usually chicken. This is obviously more expensive that standard dog food but I think it's important to his health that he remains on a hypoallergenic diet.
Does Sparky sound like the dog for your family ??
If so please complete an adoption form bearing in mind that he does chase cats so would be better in a cat free home, still play nips so would not be suited to a home with young children and doesn't like being on his own
Please note: This dog has NOT been assessed with small children and other animals by Moorview Rescue. If you are interested in meeting, fostering, or adopting this dog, please fill in an adoption form and we will contact you within 7 days. You can also contact us on 01423 711993.