My name is Rio!

Chihuahua Dog for adoption in Rochester, Minnesota - Rio
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Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota

Facts about Rio

  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 8924900
Rio is a 7 y/o neutered white and tan male chihuahua/ beagle mix. He was shy at first but, has warmed up pretty quickly to his foster family. Although at times he still seems a little unsure and can be easily startled. He is a very friendly and sweet boy and loves attention! (especially being scratched behind his ears) Do this for him and you will be rewarded with a huge tail wag! He does really well on a leash and loves going for walks. Rio is friendly with other dogs and children (not sure about cats). Rio has marked in the house before. (mostly outside) I?m not sure if this is just because of the other 2 male dogs in the house or not. I think he would do better with this if he were the only male though. Rio barks very little and when he does it is to alert us that there is another dog or person near the house. Rio has a history of having seizures. But has not had one for some time and currently does not need medication. The vet felt that they could have been caused from his previous weight (28 pounds!). He currently weighs 19 pounds. The vet said if he gets down to 15 that could be a good weight for him. He eats 1/4cup of Fromm diet twice per day. He would probably like any kind of treat but, they are limited because he is trying to get in shape. He seems to be house trained but is still learning how to alert us that he has to go outside. He has only been with us for a short time so we are still getting to know him and his behaviors so we just let him out periodically throughout the day. He has been clean in his kennel. He has not been aggressive towards people, with his food or toys. Rio is overweight and isn?t very active. His favorite activity so far has been to take naps! But, we are working on getting him out for short walks to help him get in shape. He especially likes his kennel and seems to prefer sleeping in there. He is microchipped, current on all his vaccinations and heartworm negative. His adoption fee is $300.

About Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota

About Our Rescue Group...

Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota (SDR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-volunteer no-kill group committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs 20 pounds and under.

Dogs are fostered in volunteers' homes so they can be loved like a family member until they are placed in a suitable adoptive home, determined by a review of a written application, a criminal background check, several reference consultations, and a home visit.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We hold adoption events a few times a month in different locations throughout Minnesota. You can see where we'll be by visiting our Events Page on our website at

Our Adoption Process...

1. Complete an adoption application at:

2. Allow up to 10 days for SDR to process your adoption application. It will be reviewed by an SDR representative and references will be checked.

3. If the application is aproved, a home visit will be conducted to ensure a good match with the applicant & the dog.

4. If SDR determines a good match has been made, an adoption contract between the adopter and SDR will be completed. An adoption fee + applicable MN state sales tax are due at the time the contract is signed.