Arrived in NZCR care: 22 September 2020.
DOB: 4years old (DOB: 21/06/2015).
Breed: Chihuahua x Maltese (but he looks like a Pap x)
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Cat Trainable.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: With support, as below.
Dog Sociable: Prefers females.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Max is a private surrender from the South Island. Max's former family were very sad to surrender him, however they feel that due to a change in work commitments and purchasing a new home further away from work which increases commute time, they do not have the time to spend with Max and wish for him to have a family better suited to his needs.
Max is described by his former owner as: energetic, playful and protective. Max likes to play with toys and other dogs - he can play very rough and be loud when playing, but he is simply enthusiastic. Max loves to jump so should be discouraged for the benefit of his knees.
Max is toilet-trained. He is very clever and an Adopter could teach him commands, he already knows the basics and learns quickly. Max is food motivated which will make this easier - His favorite treat is pigs ears.
Max loves to sleep in the bed as a human, while in foster care our foster tried crate training but he hates it. Any adopter will need to allow him to sleep on the bed. Max LOVES to walk and is quite good on his lead. He also LOVES being in the car and is quite settled sitting in the back.
Max's former owners state that although Max is a small dog, he is confident and likes to think and behave as if he is a larger guard dog. Max definitely lets people know when he sees a car, or stranger near the property, he is a good guard dog. He barks at new things or noises but quickly quietens when asked to stop.
Like many younger dogs, Max can be "naughty" and needs to be kept busy as he is quite active.
Max can be a little wary when meeting new people and/or dogs. But he does settle quickly provided he is approached calmly and with patience. Max needs to be approached in a calm manner and ignored initially so he is not overwhelmed by new people entering his space. Eventually, he is quite happy to be pet and enjoys affection, it just needs to be in his time.
Max bonds very quickly to you once he's met you and comfortable.
Max suffers from separation anxiety and doesn't like to be left alone in the home. For this reason, he will need an Adopter who works from home or is retired, yet active.
* More information to be added at a later date - once we get to know Max better.
Once he is settled into care and comfortable, Max will receive preliminary check with our vet - he seems to be very healthy. Any medical issues will be noted here. We will ensure Max is vaccinated up to date.
Max has been flea and wormed while in Trust care (we do so every 3 months).
Max is de-sexed, micro-chipped and his details added to the NZCAR database.
Max is around 4-5kg. He is said to be a Maltese x Chihuahua but looks very similar to a Papillion!
We will spend some time getting to know Max before booking him in for his vet visit. Max will have a check up, he will be vaccinated up to date and any future procedures or operations scheduled and noted above. Once we know Max better and if he needs any medical care, we will update his profile. Following this, Max will become ready for adoption.
- Max is being fostered in Christchurch, a local home is preferred so the team can assist with his integration.
- Max suffers separation anxiety. He needs an owner who is very part time, retired yet active, or permanently working from home. He would not suit a full time worker.
- Full fencing is a must. Any adopter must have fully enclosed fencing with no holes or gaps and they must be of a decent height.
- Children need to be over 10 years of age and knowledgeable about dogs. Sorry, no young families, this would overwhelm Max.
- Max needs to be in a home that doesn't mind him sleeping in the bed, he dislikes the crate.
- In terms of cats, if they run then Max will give chase. If it were a confident cat or an Adopter was willing to put time into ensuring that Max and the cat were introduced correctly and got along, that could be an option.
- It would be great if the Adopter could send periodic updates to the former owners via email.
* Max's adopter requirements will be amended at a later date, once we get to know him better.
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.