My name is Onyx!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Onyx
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I'm being cared for by:
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Facts about Onyx

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

"Onyx" is an approx 1½-yo, 65-lb neutered male GSD who is very affectionate and obedient. Onyx is friendly with strangers and has done well with children around 8-10 years old. Onyx would likely do well with even younger children, as he loves to be hugged and snuggled with. He still occasionally jumps up (gently) on people in his enthusiasm when first meeting them, but that is not a difficult behavior to curb.

We previously reported here that Onyx is not good with other dogs, but that is no longer the case. Though Onyx did display aggression towards a few other dogs when with his former foster caretaker, it appears that Onyx simply needed some socialization with other dogs to get over his dominance behavior. Onyx received that socialization in spades at GSRSV's rescue ranch during a week that his foster caretaker was on vacation, and it seems to have turned Onyx around! Having made such progress in one week, GSRSV decided to keep him at its ranch to continue his socialization. Now, Onyx gets along fine w/ all the dogs at the ranch, though he still prefers the company of people.

Onyx was reactive towards other dogs when walking on leash with his former foster caretaker Andrew, but Andrew--an experienced dog trainer--had worked with him on this behavior and Onyx had made significant improvement. Onyx reached the point where he would sit and stay quiet as long as the other dog stayed about 15 ft away. However, if he was not given a command (sit, watch me, etc), he would still pull & bark. Onyx will need an owner strong enough to handle him when he gets agitated seeing another dog, and experienced enough to command Onyx's attention and respect. We do not know how Onyx is with cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for him.

Onyx is housetrained and was perfectly behaved when left inside alone (with access to outside), which was the norm for approx 9 hrs/day in his former foster home. Onyx is very good at basic commands (sit, lie down, stay). Onyx walks easy on leash except when he sees another dog. He rides well inside a car and loves to go for rides. Onyx has a deep, formidable bark that will please those seeking a GSD "presence" to scare off bad guys.

Onyx has a thick, almost Nordic breed-like coat, so if you live in an area where it gets very hot in the summer it would be best to allow Onyx access to an air-conditioned house. Also, that coat of Onyx's produces a lot of loose fur, so if you are seeking a dog that does not shed much, please keep looking!

GSRSV rescued Onyx on 5-6-16 from the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto, where he was brought as a stray on 4-16-16. Onyx was brought directly to his foster home in Bay Point, where he remained until 7-29-16. Onyx's adoption fee is $260.

About German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

About Our Rescue Group...

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is an organization dedicated to finding good homes for German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) at risk of being placed in shelters, or who are already in shelters and possibly facing euthanasia. GSRSV is an independent rescue organization operated by one individual: Brian Foran. Though countless volunteers and benefactors have supported--and continue to support--GSRSV, I run and primarily fund the program, as I have since February 2001. 

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

GSRSV became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization in March 2013. All donations to GSRSV are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own. Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of running a large rescue program.
To make a monetary donation, please go to the donation page on GSRSV's Website: Thanks for your support!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Because I am an independent rescuer caring for many dogs, I am presently unable to conduct regular adoption or "meet & greet" events.

I only arrange for people to meet the dogs that I have available for adoption after I have discussed the dog and have received an adoption questionnaire from them.

Our Adoption Process...

1. View my dogs available for adoption, either on this Website or on our own Website ( I also list German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes for other rescue groups and inviduals on my Website.

2. Contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or to discuss the particular dog(s) that you're interested in.

3. Complete my adoption questionnaire. It is a downloadable Microsoft Word file on the page of my Website titled "How to Adopt a Dog through GSRSV." If possible, return the questionnaire via e-mail.

4. Go see the dog you're interested in--at my rescue facility, at the home of the dog's foster caretaker, or at the home of the dog's owner.

5. If you decide to adopt a dog, I will have you sign my adoption contract and pay the appropriate adoption fee, which varies between $300 to $100, depending on the age of the dog and whether it is a purebred GSD or not. This fee includes spaying or neutering, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, heartworm check, and a 6-month supply of heartworm preventative. The adoption contract is on the same page of my Website as is the adoption questionnaire.