STATUS: Under Assessment

Arrived in NZCR care: 10 July 2019
Age: Both 4-5 years old (approximately)
Sex: Males
Breed: Chihuahua Long Coat (Chino); Chihuahua x Pom (Duke).
De-Sexed: Yes
Micro-chipped:  Yes
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
Vaccinated: TBC
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.   
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2019/2020 membership).  
Cat Friendly:  Unknown.
Child Friendly: Older children (10 years+)
Human Sociable: Yes, with support.
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.

Chino is quite sweet and affectionate once he gets to know you. He loves cuddles and to crawl under the blankets. He likes to curl up on your lap and loves being around the people he knows. Chino can be a little barky initially and unsure of new people. He needs to be approached with confidence and ignored until he becomes comfortable with your presence. He needs to be monitored around strangers but once familiar he is very loving and sweet.

Duke is an absolute little cuddle bunny. He loves to be on his human and quite often places himself with his head near your neck or on your shoulder. Duke will quickly warm to you if approached with confidence (a silly, squeaky voice also helps). Duke is quite timid though, when unsure, and needs to develop some confidence. He doesn’t appear to have experienced much outside of home life and will need support in new situations. He doesn't get nasty or snappy, though. He simply clings to you and buries his head! Duke often also whips out his “begging” party trick to win people over.... It's adorable!


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

Duke has a bit of dermatitis on his paw and requires weight-loss but aside from this he is healthy. His heart and teeth are great.

Chino has large patches of red and scaly skin which have been tested. We think placing him on quality food will resolve this skin issue and create a much nicer coat also. Aside from his sore skin Chino is in great health. Heart sound and no dental required.

Adopter Requirements: 
- To be re-homed in the Canterbury area or within the greater South Island. Please note: if you are outside of Canterbury our "out of town adoptions" policy applies - see the adoption page.

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

- No full time workers. Someone who is part time, works from home or is retired would be suitable. Chino and Duke require daytime company, as they have always had a human companion home during the day.

- Rescue dog experience would be an asset in terms of Duke. Both boys need confident and knowledgeable, prior dog owners. 

Further adopter requirements may be added in due course.

Adoption Fee: $400 each ($800 total as they are a pair) 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 or Duke once they become 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.

Link to Adoption Forms