Age: 2 years old (DOB: 29/02/2016)
Breed: Chihuahua cross - see below for details.
Added to NZCAR database: Yes
Council Registered: Yes - CCC
DogsNZ (NZKC) Registered: No
Cat Friendly: Unknown
Child Friendly: Older children
Human Sociable: Yes - see information below
Dog Sociable: Yes - see information below
Bentley is the tri-colour smooth on the front page of our Calendar. Bentley and 11 of his siblings were surrendered from a dog-hoarder. We have done a lot of work with Bentley to bring him out of his shell since that time.
Bentley is unfortunately in need of a new home which better suits his needs. Bentley came to us as a foster a little over a year or so ago, but unfortunately Bentley and one of our long-time pack residents (Alfie) do not get along. We have tried working on Bentley’s obedience and integrating him slowly into the pack but it has become clear that this simply will not work. Things have gotten worse rather than better between these two. Sometimes, no matter how much you love a dog and try to work with them, it becomes clear that they are not the right fit for your family and the only responsible thing is to search for someone whose circumstances better suit. It is with a heavy heart that we are searching for a new home for Bentley but we cannot continue to have a pack that is not harmonious.
Bentley is a two year old Chihuahua Cross. Full disclosure - we had Bentley DNA tested, the results came back as a Border Collie x Great Dane with traces of Chihuahua, Pug and the like but he is only 4kg and looks like a Chihuahua Cross! No lol, we are not joking, his breed “certificate” will be available for the Adopter.
Bentley can be shy and reluctant to interact with strangers initially and there will need to be an understanding by any Adopter that he will take a bit of time to adjust. Once Bentley is comfortable he is a happy-go-lucky little goofball who loves nothing more than a sprint around the back yard! Bentley is very playful, he loves toys and is a good boy on car rides. Bentley is affectionate, offering cuddles and kisses and is super excited to see his owner at the end of the day. Bentley would benefit from further work in terms of obedience but he is clever and able to learn. Bentley is toilet and crate trained.
In terms of doggy socialization, Bentley has been spending Fridays at K9 Kindy and is quite social with larger breeds once he gets over that initial adjustment period. He would perhaps like a bigger breed sibling to run and play with. Bentley is generally fine around small dogs but can become over-excited and re-direct his energy at times. Any potential Chihuahua-siblings for Bentley (ie. existing dogs) would need to be fairly confident. We must stress that he does get along with the majority of the pack, it is just the one dog that he unfortunately, does not like. Bentley would be fine as an only dog if he had a lot of human company and social-dates with other dogs.
Bentley is young, fit and healthy, we have no concerns about his health. Bentley is vaccinated up to date, de-sexed, chipped and has wonderful teeth!
Bentley is insured with Pet N Sur - his policy will be transferred on adoption. Approximate cost is $11.32 per week.
- Owner who lives an active lifestyle and is able to regularly walk Bentley.
- Works from home, retired or part time. No full time workers.
- Experience and/or knowledge of rescue dogs would be an asset. Together with a willingness to work on his obedience training.
- Canterbury based. Someone willing to keep in touch with us, attend Club events and join our little Christchurch Chihuahua Community.
- Would be fine as an only dog, as a buddy for a bigger breed dog (ideally) or small breed (if confident – see above).
- Willing to have the Pet N Sur policy for Bentley transferred into their name and take over the payments (approx $11.32 per week).
Bentley will come with: his vet book, breed certificate, “Bentley tag" for his K9 harness (adopter to purchase their own harness), bed and blanket, favorite toys.
Adoption Fee: $400.00
If you are interested in applying to adopt Bentley, please go to the below link, scroll down and fill out the form. We do not consider queries via Facebook or email without the form.