Arrived in NZCR care: 05/05/2021
DOB: August 2017 (3 years)
Breed: Chihuahua x Unknown
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No - crossbreed.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: No - cannot be homed with cats or small animals!
Child Friendly: 5 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Vito is a private surrender to the Pound, he passed a temperament test while in their care. No further details available. We are always very happy to assist the Pound with any dogs they have come into their care.
Vito is a happy-go-lucky, clever, active, social little guy. He needs an owner who can implement that careful balance of love and boundaries for him to thrive!
Vito is toilet-trained and great in the car. Vito also knows how to use a doggy-door and his basic commands.
Vito is a very energetic little dog who will need an active home. He would do great with learning obedience or agility.
Vito has a high prey drive so cannot be homed with cats or other small animals. Vito is terrible with cats, he will chase and hurt them. Please understand: for this reason he absolutely 100% cannot be homed with cats or small animals, no matter how confident they may be. Please do not inquire to adopt Vito if you have any.
Definitely no off-leash walks for Vito, due to the above, high prey drive, he would take off!
Vito is fine with other small dogs and would do best with another small dog in the home as he can get a touch of separation anxiety. Vito previously lived with a medium breed. However, we have noticed he has "small man syndrome" and can be more dominant and barky etc. with a bigger breed dog. Perhaps best with a small, energetic companion.
Vito loves people, he has been raised with kids and is great with them. He is a very social little guy and attended our Animal Expo stall having pats from children and strangers alike. However, we are very forthcoming with all information we hold on our dogs and in May 2021 there was an incident whereby Vito and his foster sister were walking with our foster carer late one night. A passerby startled the dogs who began to bark. We are not sure whether this person went to touch the dogs or not, but Vito nipped her on the leg. As a result, we are very careful when walking him. As with all dogs, being startled or "excited" can cause them to nip. This will be discussed further with any prospective adopter.
Vito was vet checked on 10/05/2021 and passed with flying colours!
Vito is a Chihuahua x which is obvious due to his size. We do not know what he was crossed with, perhaps terrier or pug. He is around 6kg.
Vito will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Vito will be adopted out de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped (with the chip registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register and the local Council) as all of our dogs are.
Help us to Help Vito!
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 Vito's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her! 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:
- Vito is available for adoption New Zealand wide, due to his happy demeanor. However, the Adopter will need to visit our adoptions page, view the out of town adoptions process and be willing to adhere to this. This includes traveling to Christchurch to meet Vito and his foster carer. No exceptions so please do not ask for any.
- Due to his headstrong, outgoing personality, Vito needs to be homed with a doggy-experienced owner. Must be willing to ensure that he is under effective lead control at all times on his walks and not able to chase any cats.
- Vito is an active dog, he needs an owner who would be able to walk him at least once per day.
- Vito cannot be homed with cats or small animals. Please do not apply if you have cats or small animals - no matter how confident they are! We will not be accepting a home with cats for him. Please do not ask or query this as we have been very clear.
- Must have a fully-fenced property, with no holes or gaps.
- Vito has lived with children prior. But any children in the home must be 6-years or older. Please do not apply if you have children in the home under 6 years of age.
- Vito would suit a home with another dog of a similar (playful) energy.
- Vito would make a great family dog for older children. Please only apply if you have children over 5 years of age who are doggy-knowledgeable.
PLEASE 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 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.