Age: 1 (Born 12 February 2017)
Breed: Chihuahua x Papillon
De-Sexed: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
Micro-chipped: Yes
Added to NZCAR database: Yes
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council
DogsNZ (NZKC) Registered: No
Cat Friendly: Has not been tested. Former owner says yes.
Child Friendly: Has not been tested. Former owner says yes.
Human Sociable: Yes
Dog Sociable: Yes


Potato is easy-going, friendly and sociable, he loves to cuddle and be pet. Potato lived with a larger breed dog so he is comfortable around all dogs, big and small. We are advised by the former owner that he is fine around children. Potato is great in the car and crate trained. Potato has quickly adjusted to life in foster care, he is quite care-free and happy go lucky. Potato is energetic, he loves to play with his toys and other dogs.


Potato underwent x-rays with NZCR on 20/09/2018. We have confirmed that Potato has a abnormality in his pelvis, it appears to have been broken at some point in time. This is also why his tail appears to sit low. Potato also has a grade 4 luxating patella in his right hind leg and hip dysplasia in that side also. We are considering our options currently as to whether it is possible to save the right leg. Surgery is likely to be around mid-end October 2018, after his recovery he will be deemed fit to adopt. We hope to have selected his Adopter at this point.

Potato has a scar on the back of his head which is well-healed and does not affect him. We are advised this was the result of an accident as a 6 month old puppy, whereby Potato was burnt by a hot liquid. A picture of the scar is provided in the gallery – as noted, it does not affect him and is fully healed.

Adopter Requirements: 

A home with at least one other small breed dog for companion-ship.

Must have a fully-fenced yard with no holes or gaps. 

No full time workers please. A Part time worker, someone who works from home, or is retired and able to spend as much time as possible with him is required.

An adopter who is dog knowledgeable and has owned smaller breeds prior is preferable.

Adoption Fee:  $400.00

Potato comes with: his bed and bedding, favorite toys, an ACANA/Orijen Adopter pack, PetNSur Insurance Offer.

If you are interested in applying to adopt Potato before he becomes available, we are happy to accept early applications. 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.

Link to Adoption Forms