Ready to adopt?
Sex: Male - not neutered
Age: 6 months
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Medium - Current weight 14kg
Location: Foster home: Chertsey, Surrey
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Patient home as Dobby can be a little shy at first. Another sociable dog in the home will give Dobby confidence.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
This is Dobby who has just arrived in his UK foster home. He is a sweet boy, quite shy for a pup, we believe due to him being thrown onto the streets and then shooed away by locals as no-one wants dogs around. Poor boy will have been so hungry and alone. His only friends were cats.
It took a few days but kind ladies caught him and took him into foster. Dobby has become so much braver but still a bit of a shy boy. He gets comfort from other dogs so we are hoping for a family with another dog in the home.
Dobby has been well behaved during his stay in his foster home in Crete. He is a sweet chap and loves other animals. However he is still in need of training. So his new family will need to be prepared for the hard work of introducing a pup to domestic life in the UK - basic training, toileting, walking on and off lead, getting used to noises and living in a home.
He is fully vaccinated and microchipped, but is still too young to be neutered so adopters will be asked to commit to doing this as soon as he is old enough.
The decision to adopt a puppy should not be taken lightly - we have had puppies returned as people have not been fully prepared for the hard work that can come. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, they will adapt and become well rounded dogs. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of hard work.
With the right boundaries and guidance Dobby will easily adjust and make a lovely addition to any home, but adopters need to be fully prepared.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Dobby
Arrival date: 28th September 2022
Where does Dobby sleep at night?
Dobby sleeps downstairs with 2 of our dogs. He is such a good boy and sleeps from 11pm until 06:30 on weekdays or 07:30 at weekends. He likes to sleep on the sofa.
How is Dobby with current pets?
We have 3 small female dogs who Dobby loves. He would love to play with them, but they are not interested in him…. poor boy. We have a cat and Dobby has been great with him….he does bark occasionally but is just desperate for a play mate. Brian the cat just stares at him.
Dobby “loves” the chickens and would happily eat them given the opportunity!!!
Is Dobby clean in doors?
We are still having a few wee accidents, but this is getting better.
Can Dobby be left alone?
Dobby has been left alone with our dogs for up to 2 hours so far. He
initially has a bit of a whine and then settles and sleeps.
Is Dobby out for walks?
Dobby loves his walks!! He gets very excited when he sees his lead is super
keen to get out the door.
How does Dobby walk on the lead?
Dobby walks beautifully on the lead although can be a little bit strong when he is excited. We are using a harness which he is tolerating well. He is very sniffy and inquisitive. We are loving walking him!!
Has Dobby met other dogs?
Dobby is great with other dogs and will wag his tail and wants to say
hello. He is keen to play with all the dogs he meets so this will need to be managed. We have seen no aggression out on walks.
One of our dogs is particularly grumpy and has tried to tell Dobby off on a couple of occasions - He will stick up for himself and is not submissive. They quickly worked things out and are now fine together.
How is Dobby with humans?
Dobby such is a sweet boy who has had a very tough start to his life, so
he is naturally shy of people. He is still trying to work everything out but is quickly learning that people can be kind and often have food. He has bonded quickly with our family and will greet us with a waggy tail and licks. He also follows us around like my shadow. He wants to be close and loves kisses and cuddles once he is comfortable. He is a very lovable and affectionate dog given a bit of time. We have had quite a few visitors to the house and Dobby is initially a little shy but quickly comes around. He can still be spooked quite easily and will bark but stops when given reassurance.
He is a real foody and can be easily won over with treats. He loves my sons who are aged 11 and 14 and they adore him.
Have you noticed Dobby is afraid of any particular things?
Dobby has been incredible and has adapted quickly to our busy, crazy house. He seems to enjoy it. He has done the school run a few times and is not worried by cars, buggies or lots of people. He is shy if people approach but this is
improving particularly if treats are on offer.
Any other useful information?
Dobby loves his food and is a hungry boy. He is having 3 meals a day as he is very slender. He already recognises the sound of the fridge opening or a wrapper!! He is a bit of an opportunist and any food left out he sees as fair game. He makes for an incredible vacuum cleaner.
Dobby is an extremely cheeky, quirky boy with a big personality. As he is growing in confidence, he is getting bouncier and jumpier. Dobby is a big puppy, and he is going to need firm boundaries putting in place from the start.
He is VERY clever and because he is so food orientated will be easy to
train. He will benefit from lots of mental stimulation.
Dobby can be a bit of an escape artist – he doesn’t want to run away but he has used the window rather than the door to get to the garden. He is also very agile and can jump high. He would be excellent at agility.
As with any puppy, Dobby does like to chew, and we are providing him with lots of toys, antlers and a hoof. Given the opportunity he will grab anything he can, so we puppy proof the room when we leave him. He particularly likes shoes, tissues and paper!!!
Dobby can be a little vocal when he is unsure or anxious and he has a whine. This is not prolonged and is usually when one of us leave the room.
Dobby would love a family with another playful, robust dog. He gets a lot of confidence from other dogs, and I think he would struggle on his own. He comes alive when he sees another dog which is lovely to see.
I think he would suit a family with older children as he can be a bit jumpy and can get mouthy when excited. He stops when told to and this is improving. He is still just a puppy.
Dobby has a lot of energy so will need a family who are prepared to give him lots of exercise. We are currently giving him 3 walks a day and he would love more!!! He would be ideal for anyone who loves running or wants to get fit.
Dobby is SOOO much fun and we absolutely adore him. We are so excited that he will soon find his forever home and a family who will give him all the love and kindness that he deserves.
Good luck gorgeous Dobby!! xx