My name is Toby!

German Shepherd Dog/Siberian Husky Mix Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Toby
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German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Facts about Toby

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Siberian Husky Mix
  • Color: White - With Red, Golden, Orange Or Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
"Toby" is a handsome 3-yo (born Nov 2013), 75-lb neutered GSD/White Husky mix who is very playful and affectionate. Toby can also be nippy with strangers in the house—not out of aggression, but in a mischievous, opportunistic manner.

Toby is great with those in his family—he craves attention and wants to be as close as possible—including in your lap if you allow it. He’s fine in the house with visitors who he is familiar with, and with those comfortable with dogs. However, when he senses fear from a visitor, he will bark at them in a somewhat menacing manner. Toby will also playfully nip strangers who play with him when they stop and turn around; it's as if he's saying "I’m in charge and I’m not going to let you stop!" The nips are never serious, but obviously unsettling to the person who got nipped as well as to Toby’s owners. Toby’s owners admit that they don’t have the necessary discipline skills to curb Toby’s nipping behavior, and I believe that an individual with a strong alpha presence would be able to prevent this behavior altogether.

Toby has not been around young children due to his nipping behavior and his size & exuberance. Personally, I think that Toby would be great with kids.

Toby is generally fine with strangers away from the house. He was completely fine with me when I evaluated him at the GSRSV rescue ranch, though he did take awhile to come to me so I could pet him.

Toby is great with other dogs—very playful and somewhat submissive. He likes to be chased rather than to give chase. He presently lives with a 5-yo female Golden Retriever. See the video of Toby romping around w/ several of the GSRSV dogs elsewhere on this page.

Toby appears to be fine with cats as well. His present owners have an outdoor cat that Toby mostly ignores. The cat trusts Toby enough to allow him to come nose-to-nose with it.

Toby is housetrained and well behaved inside. He can be left inside all day without any problem, though he does have access to the outside via a dog door. He enjoys hanging out on the couch with his people and watching TV. He sleeps on a loveseat in his owner's bedroom.

Toby has received formal obedience training and obeys multiple commands, including sit, stay, down, shake and sit pretty. He is good on leash and has good off-leash recall as well. He’s a good long-distance traveler in the car.

Toby loves to play fetch. He’s a big goofball who exhibits silly Husky behaviors like howling and catching flies.

Toby’s owners purchased him at 8 wks from a family who had both parents—his mother was a black/tan GSD and his father was a White Husky. His family truly loves this dog, but they are very social with lots of visitors and Toby’s unpredictable behavior w/ strangers in the house has created a dilemma. Further, they like to travel a lot and boarding Toby has become rather expensive. They feel that another family with more confidence dealing w/ Toby’s nipping behavior and less time traveling would provide a better home for him.

GSRSV has evaluated Toby and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Toby through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him.

Toby is located in Pleasanton. His adoption fee is $210.

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.