Arrived in NZCR care: 6th February 2021.
DOB: 3rd February 2017.
Breed: Chihuahua x Unknown
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No - Crossbred.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Yes.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older only.
Human Sociable: With support - see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Alfie is a private surrender from an owner who has only had him for two weeks but who got him with the intention of re-homing him. Alfie was given to our surrenderer by his original owner, a family who didn't have adequate time for him. No further details are available.
Alfie is wary of new people and can become more timid around strangers. Alfie needs to be approached quietly and given time to relax. When you meet Alfie, it is best to ignore him and allow him to sniff and become comfortable in his own time. No pats, talking, affection or eye contact until he shows he is relaxing and comfortable.
Alfie's former owner states that Alfie "loves all the attention he can get". Alfie can be very sweet, affectionate and friendly to those he knows. He will come over and place his paws upon you indicating he would like “up” for a cuddle.
Alfie is OK with other dogs once he knows them. He tends to ignore them when meeting them initially.
Alfie loves to play with toys and chew toys. Alfie can be loud and "growly" when he plays. He's just vocalizing and not truly growling. He tends to be a bit rough with the other dogs when he plays!
Alfie is OK with confident cats, although his foster does not have any to test this. We have been told he has been known to chase and play with them.
Alfie can be a barker at stimulus such as people walking past his house. It would help if fencing or shrubbery hid this from his view. But otherwise, his adopter will need to keep on top of it and discourage him. The good thing is that Alfie is very obedient and eager to please so he responds well to being told "no" or "stop" and being removed from the situation.
Alfie is not suitable to be around young children as they can overwhelm him and make him anxious. He would be fine with older children however.
Alfie will need a very secure property as he has been known to attempt to escape when anxious.
While in foster care, we will be working on Alfie's toilet-training. He has not had much by way of training prior, we will get him into the routine of toilet training which his Adopter will need to continue.
Alfie currently sleeps in his crate - he might have a couple grumbles or whimpers as he goes in, but quickly settles down to sleep. It is good for a dog with anxiety to have a "den" safe space like the crate and he relaxes after a while.
Alfie is great in the car, he seems to enjoy going for rides. He is well behaved - Alfie will sit on the seat and peek out the window.
Alfie likes going on walks. He would benefit from an Adopter able to walk him at least once a day or every second day, minimum. This will help with his anxious energy.
Alfie suffers from anxiety. For this reason, he will need a local adopter. For the first couple of nights he may be unsettled and he paces and whines when he is unsure. Gradually, he calms himself down. Alfie does have separation anxiety and will therefore need an adopter who has someone in the house most of the time and wouldn't leave him alone for more than say, 3 hours.
Alfie had his preliminary check up with the vet on 09/02/21 and was vaccinated up to date and medically cleared to adopt. Alfie is 5.1kg at present and we will be working on his weight to get him down to a more trim 4.8kg.
Alfie has one grade 4 luxating patella on his left. This is a condition common in Chihuahuas and small breeds (see information on this under the "breed information" tab. Alfie's patella is sitting (locked) out of place at present as he has a very shallow groove in the knee. As it is not affecting his movement or causing him pain, our vet doesn't feel that surgery is necessary to correct it at present. Alfie's eventual adopter may wish to engage Animal Physio to strengthen the joints further or examine the option to correct by surgery in time. This patella will just need to be watched in future to ensure it does not become painful.
Alfie will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Alfie will be adopted out de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped (with the chip registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register and the local Council).
Being a Chihuahua X, Alfie is bigger than the average Chihuahua and is not registered with DogsNZ (pedigree-papered). He is around 5kgs, the size of a small pug perhaps.
Help us to Help Alfie!
New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue is a New Zealand Registered Charity run completely by volunteers. Nobody is paid to participate in our Rescue and 100% of the profits go back into the dogs in our care and community dogs needing assistance. We receive no public funding or grants. Our entire income to assist these dogs is derived from kind donations, sponsorship and fundraising projects. We are always short of money and it impacts how many dogs we can assist as each dog that comes into care needs some form of medical and/or behavioural assistance!
If you could help by donating to Alfie's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can receive 33.33% of your donation back from the IRD.
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
- Alfie is strictly for adoption within the Canterbury area as he will require the support of our team to integrate into his new home. Please do not apply from other parts of New Zealand.
- No full time workers, or those out of the home for large periods of time. Alfie requires an Adopter who is (very) part-time, retired yet active, or working from home (permanently). He suffers from anxiety and separation anxiety. He would be okay crated for say 2-3 hours, but will be a dog who likes the company of “his people” most of the time. Sorry - Due to his anxiety, we wouldn't advise taking Alfie into a busy office or workplace, until you had him for some time and formed a bond. This is true with all of our rescue dogs.
- Must have a fully fenced back yard with no holes or gaps. Alfie has been known to look for an escape route when anxious.
- No small children in the home. Children of 8-10 years and older would be suitable. Please do not apply if you have a young family.
- Alfie would benefit from another, confident dog in the home, but would also be fine as a solo dog.
- Must have doggy-knowledge on the basics and be willing to continue toilet-training. Rescue dog knowledge would be an asset. Alfie will need patience, love and support to integrate into his new home.
- In terms of integrating him, Alfie will need to meet his adoptive family and spend time with them (so he knows them) prior to going to live at their home. It is a much easier way to integrate an anxious dog. Slowly we expand his "friends" so he's comfortable with his new family.
* Alfie's adopter requirements may be amended at any time.
PLEASE NOTE: Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above adopter requirements and ensure that you meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking. We set the adopter requirements after consultation with the foster carers and consideration of the dogs, needs, welfare and personality. They are strict requirements - no exceptions. Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the above, we will simply respond to confirm the application is declined. Unfortunately, at times this has been the case and we have had to disappoint prospective adopters. This is why we are clear about our requirements prior and note them above.
Adoption Fee: $500
PLEASE NOTE - RE: THE ADOPTION FEES AND TRIALS: Our adoption fees are determined by taking into account age of the dog, overall health and funds expended to date on that particular dog. The trust uses these adoption fee funds on: de-sexing surgery, micro-chip and NZCAR registration, vaccines, Council registration, flea and worm treatments, plus any other essentials dogs require such as specialist medications or food, blood-testing, orthopedic surgeries etc. and any other dog disposables required for dogs in care.
Please note: sorry we do not accept payment plans, as we need to be sure adopters are able to financially support dogs prior to adoption - sorry, no exceptions. Please note: the deposit needs to be made to the trust account prior to the changeover date of the dog going on trial. We do not accept cash payments on the date. The full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.