Arrived in NZCR care: 10 July 2019
Age: 4-5 years old (approximately)
Sex: Male
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat (potential cross)
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:  Unknown
Child Friendly: With support
Human Sociable: With support - can be wary of strangers.
Dog Sociable:  Yes


Duke and Chino came to NZCR together from the North Island. We have limited history on both boys, but understand they did not start out life together. Duke and Chino were surrendered due to private reasons relating to the original former owners life and personal circumstances. A kind helper picked both up and fostered them up North then assisted them in reaching our Trust.

We have made the decision, after over a month in care observing both boys to separate them. They each have very different personalities and Chino tends to pick on Duke as a result. They each also have very different aspects to "work on" and we would be best able to meet their needs by putting them with fosters who are able to work on them individually.

Chino a very sweet and affectionate little dog once he gets to know you. He loves cuddles and to crawl under the blankets and snuggle in bed. He likes to curl up on your lap and loves being around the people he knows. He has a very playful side and enjoys playing with toys. Chino generally gets along great with other dogs of a similar age and energy level. He seems fine around other breeds also. Chino is very obedient, he understands "Chino, no" and wants to please.

Chino can be unsure of new people initially, although now separated from Duke he is much better. Chino simply needs to be approached with confidence and ignored until he becomes comfortable with your presence. Once familiar with you - he is very friendly, affectionate and personable.

Chino can be possessive of :his" crate and does have a tendency to try to be the "leader" if you allow it. This leads to him becoming possessive of his "person" and snapping at others when they try come near if he is receiving affection. This will cause issues if not addressed and boundaries are not in place. It is for this reason that he needs a strong, capable pack leader who is able to ensure he does not retreat into such behaviors. We have been working on this in foster care and he has progressed but a certain amount of work will always be required by whichever adopter in order for Chino to understand the boundaries apply no matter who he is living with!


Chino was vet checked, flea and wormed on 10 July 2019. 

Chino's heart, patellas and teeth are great.

Chino came into our care with large patches of red and scaly skin which have been tested and no parasites were present. We simply placed Chino on quality food (ACANA small breed) which has resolved this skin issue and created a much nicer and smoother coat. We believe he will need to be kept on a quality, grain free diet (as all dogs should be!) but it is not a huge issue to content with.

Adopter Requirements:  



- To be re-homed in the Christchurch or wider Canterbury area only.

- Fenced in, Chihuahua-proof yard, with no holes or gaps is required.

- No full time workers. Someone who is part time, works from home or is retired would be suitable. Chino requires a decent amount of daytime company, as he has always had a human companion home during the day.

- Rescue dog experience would be an asset. But the Adopter must have strong dog knowledge and experience. Chino needs a confident and dog-knowledgeable, owner to ensure that he does not exhibit possessive behaviors.

- At this stage, the boys are to be adopted separately. If each adopter wanted to stay in contact and arrange play-dates for the boys once they are settled into their new home that would be an added bonus!

- Chino would suit a home with another energetic dog but would also be happy to be the only dog in the household.

Further adopter requirements may be added in due course.

Adoption Fee: $500.00. Fee determined by taking into account age, health and funds expended to date. 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. The deposit needs to be made to the trust account prior to the dog going on trial. 100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.

If  you are interested in applying to adopt Chino once he becomes available 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. See also the FAQ for more information and to answer any queries you may have. Full terms and conditions can be found under the "adoptions" page or FAQ.