Arrived in NZCR care: 4th March 2023
DOB: 02/12/2016 (6 years old)
Breed: Long Coat Chihuahua x Unknown
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Yes - Ignores cats.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: See below.
Dog Sociable: Yes - See below.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Starr's former elderly owners experienced behavioral issues so he was brought into our care to determine the cause. They believe his behavior changed around the time of/after a minor car accident. However, after assessing him alongside a vet and trainer, while he has been in care, it seems that his grumpiness appears to be behavioral and related to being handled too much and not given firm boundaries from a young age, there may also be a cognitive element.
Starr is currently in a training placement with Steve Kenmare of Tevra Dog Training and Steve's Rottweiler Cash - If looking for a trainer please see: http://www.tevradogtraining.co.nz
Starr is a quirky little dog who has undergone quite a journey with our Rescue.
Starr enjoys sunbathing, being by his owners side and playing with his beloved Lambie toy. Recently, since coming into Rescue care, Starr has discovered the thrill of venturing out of the house more and enjoying his short walks. Previously, Starr had limited exposure to the outside world as he lived with two elderly owners. Consequently, it's been crucial to gradually introduce him to new experiences and he is enjoying this!
Starr appreciates being in the presence of people but prefers all affection on his own terms. Starr often initiates back scratches by brushing himself against your feet. But Starr is independent, and anxious about excessive handling, particularly at home, or in the car. He did resist certain handling routines (such as brushing or putting on a harness) but wears a "house lead" around home for this purpose and has been an Angel when handled by our Groomers.
Starr needs some time to adjust to new routines, with patience and gentle but firm guidance invested in earning his trust.
While he was not extensively socialized with other dogs previously, Starr has been fine with other dogs. He has met a few Chihuahuas and now lives in a foster home with a Rottweiler. He can be a slow warmer but now even plays tug-of-war with his foster brother! We think Starr would flourish in the company of a similar energy level companion, preferably a calm and older small-medium breed dog. But a young or boisterous dog is not a match for him energy-wise.
We believe Starr would be compatible with dog-confident cats, as so far Starr has showed no interest in them.
Starr needs an owner willing to take on a "true rescue" dog, and who understands dogs and has obedience or dog training knowledge. He will need a firm owner who can establish clear boundaries and training. With rules and guidance, Starr has the potential to blossom into a devoted and content companion.
Starr has also embraced crate training and comfortably sleeps in his crate at night. He can be prone to a tantrum in the morning however (as he guards the crate) and same in the car if he travels crated. Starr behaves remarkably well outside the home. He thrives on the stimulation and distractions of the outside world, welcoming interactions with new people without any issues.
Starr's breeder claims he is a pedigree Chihuahua, but he seems to be a small crossbreed with a long coat that requires regular maintenance by an experienced groomer. He had a grooming session on 30/03/2023 with our groomer, who reported that he behaved well. Starr is groomed about four times per year, and any potential adopter should consider this.
Help us to Help Starr!
We are very grateful for any donations towards Starr's expenses (ie. vet consults, medications, testing, dog training sessions, food, flea/worming, council registration and any other disposables) New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue is a New Zealand Registered Charity run completely by volunteers. Nobody is paid to participate in our Rescue and 100% of the profits go back into the dogs in our care and community dogs needing assistance. We receive no public funding or grants. Our entire income to assist these dogs is derived from kind donations, sponsorship and fundraising projects. We are always short of money and it impacts how many dogs we can assist as each dog that comes into care needs some form of medical and/or behavioral assistance!
If you could help by donating to Starr's s cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help him! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can receive 33.33% of your donation back from the IRD.
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
PLEASE NOTE: Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above adopter requirements carefully and honestly consider your circumstances to ensure that you do meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking for each particular dog. We set the adopter requirements after consultation with the foster carers and consideration of the dogs, needs, welfare and personality.
Interested in Starr? Please read Starr's profile in detail and especially his adopter requirements. If you think that you may be a match for Starr, please submit an Adoption Application and let us know why!
Adoption Fee: $350.00 to be paid to the NZCR trust account no. 03-0823-0074502-000
PLEASE NOTE - RE: 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: de-sexing 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, orthopaedic 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.
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