Age: 11 years of age (DOB: 03/02/2008)

Breed: Chihuahua - Smooth Coat

De-Sexed: Yes 

Micro-chipped:  Yes

Registered with NZCAR: Yes

Vaccinated: Yes

DogsNZ (NZKC): No. 

Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2019/2020 membership). 

Cat Friendly:  With support - lives with a foster cat.

Child Friendly: No - not suitable for children.

Human Sociable: Yes, with support as below.

Dog Sociable: Yes.


Cephar originally comes from a breeder in Invercargill and has been with his family for the past ten years. However, with the addition of children, his former owners feel he does not get the love and attention he deserves and they have decided to re-home him via the Trust. Cephar is ten years old but would make a great companion for an older Adopter or someone looking to bypass that puppy phase! Chihuahuas live between 15-20 years so Cephar could only be half way through his lifespan. Cephar has recently been kept outside, but is to be an inside dog from now on. 


Our foster carer advises that "Cephar has many good features. He is the perfect gentleman to walk, pretty good consistently with toilet and happy to be with you, but not always underfoot (independent)."

Cephar is very sweet and loving once he gets to know you. As is the case with most rescues, Cephar has trouble trusting new people initially and needs to warm to you, he will need a supportive and understanding Adopter. If you are patient and kind, he will soon learn to trust you. 

As noted above, Cephar does not like children and can be nippy when cornered by them, he would be best off in a home without children under 12 years of age.


Cephar has been health checked and vaccinated up to date. 

He has been deemed fit, healthy and ready to be adopted. Cephar is in great health for his age.

Cephar's weight - 5kg

Adopter Requirements:  

- Those who work part time, from home, or are retired, would be a great match as Cephar enjoys daytime company.

- Someone kind and understanding with patience who is able to support Cephar through his transition to a new family/Adopter. Someone who is understanding that he is a rescue dog and will require gentle support to be comfortable around with humans and shouldn't be overwhelmed.

- Fully fenced backyard, with no holes or gaps.

- Cephar likes dogs and would do well as a buddy to a similar energy (or aged) dogs.