Zeus is a rambunctious 15 lb. Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix that is microchipped and up-to-date on his shots. Although a year and a half old, he is still very much a puppy in many aspects of his behaviour. He has a jet black polished coat with a white chest and paws, but his one defining feature is the enormity of his ears which balloon out when he looks at you. There’s no doubt that he’s a handsome fellow.
Though he is adorably cute, Zeus is not a dog for the inexperienced dog owner. He has wonderful qualities and ones not so great. He is happy, and playful, funny and endearing, and is always up for one-on-one affection. He will share his toys and food with other dogs in the house, and initiate play with them. He will make you laugh like nobody can. And when he runs full-out beside a bicycle going 12 m/hr., he looks like the Black Stallion, fearless and proud.
However, the two breeds that make up this little guy tend to make him extremely energetic, curious and stubborn. There’s no doubt that he is a little dog with a big attitude. He works well with clear and consistent rules and boundaries in place. Once he respects his owners in the leadership role, he becomes a cooperative and eager-to-please little pup. He is housetrained but his owners will have to be proactive in taking him out as he is used to a doggie-door, and he tends to go out a lot.
The crucial element in Zeus’ daily existence is exercise. It makes him a happier, calmer and more manageable dog inside and outside the home. He currently is taken for a 20 minute full-out run at least twice daily. Plus, he has several long walks throughout the day. He has learned to walk well on the leash, and although walks alone are not sufficient to drain his energy, he enjoys them immensely and is learning social etiquette. Outside behavior is still an area requiring work as Zeus has difficulty trusting strangers and other dogs on the street, and will bark when they are nearby. Once he knows them, there is not an issue, but it takes time.
Zeus is a smart, eager and playful pup, but remains a work in progress. We feel that a calm, child-free household with a fenced back yard with room to run, and with an active person home throughout the day to provide supervision and exercise, would best meet his needs. Zeus is young and challenging, but is certainly a dog that is well worth the effort.
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