Arrived in NZCR care: 30 January 2021
DOB: 2016 approximately (DOB unknown)
Breed: Chihuahua x Pomeranian.
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No - crossbreed.
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 8-10 years and older.
Human Sociable: With support - see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Bear had one owner for his first 3 years of life, when she went overseas a family member became his new owner. Bear has not reacted well to the young children in the home and a new baby. He now requires a home that better suits him. Bear was initially advertised on TradeMe. When our Trustee's reached out to the owners to ask whether they required assistance, they felt overwhelmed with the responses and were happy to entrust him to our rescue so we may assist in finding a home that suits him.
Bear is described as loyal, loving, and very affectionate. He loves to follow his owner all around the house and spend time with them. His foster mum says, "Bear loves tummy rubs, will drench you in kisses, gives great cuddles and will happily snuggle up on your knee... "
Bear doesn't seem to be bothered by cats. Bear has lived with cats and another dog (Pomeranian), his owners report that he enjoyed having a similar-breed friend in the home. He can be social with some dogs, standoffish with others initially, but will warm up. Although his former owner reports he can bark and try to lunge at other dogs if on a lead meeting strange dogs. He is great with other dogs once comfortable, but can be very playful and energetic so not suited for a low energy or older dog.
Bear also loves going on car-rides. He is great being walked on a lead. Bear is playful and energetic.
Bear is very clever and food motivated so he would learn new tricks and tasks easily. Bear sleeps in his crate currently. If told to go to bed, he will take himself off there. He also learnt "shake hands" within a matter of minutes with his foster carer. Bear has excellent recall and comes straight back when called. Bear is also toilet-trained and able to use a cat door.
Bear cannot be around young children - their unpredictable behavior and noise makes him anxious. He has been prone to chasing and nipping young children prior. For this reason, any kids around him need to be 8 years and older.
Bear needs to be "managed" when meeting new people as strangers make him unsure. He will warm up if given time and patience to become comfortable. When you first meet Bear, he needs to be ignored and allowed to become comfortable in his own time.
Bear's former owner reports he can be more wary of males due to past bad experiences. Bear prefers females - hence why we have noted he would be a great option for a solo female Adopter or a couple (with at least one female). We aren't sure he would be happy with a solo male or couple of males.
Bear doesn't like being "picked up" so this is something we are working on while he is in care. He does have his own quirks that will need to be respected by his new Adopter.
Bear had his check over with the vet on 11/02/2021, he was micro-chipped and vaccinated up to date. Bear has been medically signed off by our Vet
Bear has been de-sexed prior to coming into car. Bear will be micro-chipped and registered with the Council and NZCAR databases. We will also have bear vaccinated up to date.
Bear has been flea and wormed every 3 months during his time in care.
Bear's little tongue often stick out the side or front of his mouth - It just adds to his character!
He is a larger Pom x (say 5-6kg). Our vet believes he appears more as a Corgi x Chihuahua x Pom. He is long in body. This is not an issue, we just like to manage expectations - Bear is not a teeny, tiny Chi x Pom.
Bear will need a dental within 1 year of his adoption (small breed dogs should have a dental check up each year and may need a "dental" under anesthetic every 1-2 years, see our post about small breeds and their teeth under "breed information".
Help us to Help Bear!
It has been an extremely busy period for the trust and we have several new dogs in care, This includes little Bear, who will need to be medically and behaviorally cleared for adoption! Bear will need to work with our trainer, at our cost, to become fit to adopt.
Donations received for Bear will go towards: his vet check and vaccinations, any required blood testing, flea and worming, purchasing disposables such as food, bed and bedding, Council registration, training sessions with our animal consultant/trainer to assist with ways to make Bear more comfortable and confident.
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 behavioral assistance!
If you could help Bear by donating to his cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help him! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can recieve 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:
*** WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS DOG AS THEY ARE NOW ON TRIAL. Please see the "dogs in our care" page for available dogs.***
- Bear 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 as he suffers separation anxiety if left for longer than a couple of hours alone. Bear requires an Adopter who is (very) part-time, retired yet active, or working from home (permanently). He would not suit being taken into a busy office or workplace as he doesn't like strangers.
- Bear prefers females to males. A solo female owner or a couple with at least one female would be ideal. Probably not the best option for a solo male adopter.
- Must have a fully fenced back yard with no holes or gaps.
- 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.
- Bear is very energetic and playful. He needs an Adopter able/willing to walk him at least once a day.
- He would be fine as a solo dog or a companion for a (big or small), confident dog in the home.
- Must have doggy-knowledge on the basics - Bear will need patience, love and support to integrate into his new home.
- Bear would be fine with older kids of say 8 years and up. Please do not apply if you have a young family or children who are younger present a lot. His dislike for small children was the reason he came to us.
- In terms of integrating him, Bear 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" and then withdraw so he's comfortable with his new family.
* Bear's adopter requirements may be amended in time.
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: $500.00
NOTE ON 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: desexing 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.