Arrived in NZCR care: 20 June 2020
DOB: Approx. 2014
Breed: Chihuahua x Papillion
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: TBC - Owner says yes.
Child Friendly: TBC - Owner says yes.
Human Sociable: Yes.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Phoebe was surrendered due to a change in her former owners' circumstances. Prior to this Phoebe was an ex-breeding mum, used for producing puppies. Phoebe lived with a cat breeder prior so her owner believes she is used to living with cats and would be fine with a cat in the home. At present she is being fostered with a large breed (Burmese Mountain Dog) and a chihuahua cross without issue.
Phoebe is described as having a “sweet personality” and her owner believes that she is great with cats, kids, chihuahuas and other dog breeds. As noted above, we have tested her with other dogs and she is great.
Her foster mum says, "Phoebe is a really cool little dog. I think she'd love to be in a home with either a single person (active) who is happy for a constant side kick, or maybe a family with older kids. She loves to play fetch, loves cuddles, very food motivated so would be fun to train Her only negatives are being afraid of being picked up, startling at loud noises, barking at strangers (not necessarily a bad thing)."
Phoebe’s owners advise that she came from a heavy-handed breeding mill a few years ago at around one year of age. As a result, she can be timid and cautious when meeting new people. She also doesn’t like loud or sudden movements very much. However, once she knows you she is happy, friendly (and kissy!).
Phoebe is fine in the car - she traveled from Auckland to Christchurch by truck and was a great little companion. She loves to go walking and is very polite - no pulling on the lead!
One issue we have noticed with Phoebe is that she can be possessive of "her person" and guard them. This is something to be discouraged and her foster carer is working on this at present. When Phoebe is adopted out, it is possible she may revert to this behavior so a portion of the work will need to be completed by her adopter - she needs to learn she cannot guard her "owner" regardless of who this is.
We are working on Phoebe's toilet-training. We think that at some point she has been punished for toileting, she will not 'toilet' if a human is present and doesn't seem to like to walk on the grass - just a little quirk of hers! Any adopter will need to be kind and patient with this.
* More information may be added at a later date.
Phoebe has had her check up with our vet and been vaccinated up to date.
Phoebe has been flea and wormed while in Trust care (we do so every 3 months).
Phoebe is de-sexed. She is micro-chipped and the details added to the NZCAR database.
Phoebe is raw fed, she didn't appear to be fond of kibbles.
At present Phoebe has some shaved fur on her back due to a "hot spot" from June 2020 which our vet has assessed and treated. The fur will re-grow.
- Fencing is a must. Phoebe can be a high jumper. She will need a fully enclosed property with fences of a decent height, no holes or gaps.
- Phoebe's adopter needs to be able to put time into her training and walking her. Must be active.
- Phoebe would suit an adopter that is home much of the time, as this is what she is used to. Part-time workers, active yet retired, or able to take Phoebe to work regularly would be great. No full time workers please.
- Rescue dog or dog behavior/training knowledge would be an asset. As noted above, any Adopter needs to be able and willing to work on her toilet-training and possessiveness issues.
- Phoebe is fine with other dogs, she would enjoy another dog in the home.
* Further requirements may be added at a later date.
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.
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. The full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.
If you are interested in applying to adopt Phoebe once she 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.