DOB: 4 years old
Breed: Chihuahua x Unknown
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Unknown.
Child Friendly: No.
Human Sociable: No.
Dog Sociable: Yes
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
“Bentley" came to us in 2016 when he was surrendered to a vet clinic initially as part of a hoarding situation with 11 other dogs. They were all under-socialized and very timid, they lacked experience with the outside world.
Bentley has come a long way since then and simply needs an active, patient, and loving family. While he was intended to be part of our forever or "permanent pack", it has become clear he would do better in a home with no other small dogs, more open space, someone dedicated to his training and with more time to spend with him during the day. It has been a very hard decision, particularly for our trustee Alex but we want the very best for him!
Personality - Bentley is...
- Easily trainable
- Food motivated
- Loving once comfortable
- Enjoys cuddles
- Silly / goofy - loves to play with toys.
- Energetic - enjoys a good run!
- Fine with seeing other dogs on the street. Can be aloof when meeting new dogs (ie. ignores and pretends he can’t see them)
- Toilet trained
- Crate trained - he enjoys the crate and sleeps here. It is his “safe place” and he enjoys it.
- Doesn’t really enjoy leaving his house - prefers to be a home body.
He can also be:
- Fearful of new people / situations.
- Needs more exposure to outside of the house activities - he is good in the car but unsure about it. He will just sit quietly on the seat.
- Reactive (for example: he gets so excited when he sees the postman, he will grab the nearest dog)
- Can be a barker if he can see the street / traffic coming and going. Hence we feel a country lifestyle may be more suitable for him.
- In terms of stranger dogs he is really aloof, doesn’t really “make friends” until a few months has passed around the same dogs, but will keep his distance and expect them to do the same. He did attend daycare weekly for a period of time but mostly kept to himself.
Seems to prefer male owners, probably due to his history.
* Bentley would also be great doing obedience or agility if he was taught properly and overcame his confidence in public issues. He's very clever and the "collie" side to him needs something to do or he becomes bored (ie. naughty).
Medically, Bentley is fit and healthy. He has always been vaccinated up to date, flea and wormed. Also de-sexed, micro-chipped, registered with NZCAR and Christchurch City Council. Teeth are great. Recently took him to the vet for a lump on his back - it was examined and removed as a benign cyst.
Although he appears as a Chihuahua cross, Bentley was DNA tested out of curiosity (see attached below for the official certificate) we thought the results may be a joke as they came back as a Great Dane x Border collie. After a re-test we found out that it is simply the fact Bentley's DNA is so mixed that is the only pedigree ancestors he has in his lineage. Visually, he appears as a Chi x Italian Greyhound or the like. Basically, Chihuahua features and size with a speed-noodle body.
- Canterbury adopters only, so we can assist with his integration.
- No other small breed dogs in the home.
- No full time workers. Very part time, working from home or active yet retired.￼
- Adopters must have a lot of room backyard wise for him to run about and ideally no access to views of the street (as he’ll bark and exhibit guarding behaviors). A lifestyle property would be Ideal.
- Fenced in and safe backyard - because he can jump higher than the average Chihuahua.
- Someone who will take him on daily walks and adventures to strengthen his confidence in the outside world. He is an active and energetic dog.
- Someone who has experience in dog training would be great. If not though, just someone able to focus on training and/or mentally stimulating him.
- Someone who will LOVE him tremendously, extra points if they keep in touch and let us know he's doing well and OK.
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.
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.