My name is Sammy!

German Pinscher Mix Dog for adoption in Hamilton, Ontario - Sammy
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Facts about Sammy

  • Breed: German Pinscher Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 017-0412
Sammy was adopted but has been returned due to no fault of his own. He is a young adult, mid-sized dog weighing approximately 35 lbs. We have included his original posting information but added comments here from his previous adopter:

Sammy is a sweet dog. He loves to give kisses and to snuggle with you on the couch. He was anxious when I first brought him home but was starting to relax after a few days. He knows several tricks and loves being rewarded with a treat. He knows how to shake a paw, sit and speak. He loved playing with toys. He would really be a delight for an active person. Overall he is a wonderful dog who has been through a lot of change. Once he feels safe he’ll be very happy. He does need to have an outlet for his energy and would do best in a home with a fenced yard. He appears to have a squirrel obsession and needs someone who is willing to work on his leash training to keep him walking nicely when you encounter squirrels. He would be a great candidate for obedience training or agility as we believe he would excel due to his eagerness to please his people. He really likes to play and would do best with another dog his size or larger to play with and to learn from.

Here is what Sammy’s foster family had to say:

Sammy is a sweet dog who has bonded quickly with everyone in the house – two and four legged. He loves nothing more than to be near you – to lie at your feet, wait for you on the shower mat or – if you let him – cuddle up on the couch or in bed next to you. In fact, he sometimes likes to take up the “cat position” and drapes himself across the back of the couch. [We have yet to correct this because it’s cute and doesn’t really interfere with anything]. He loves to show affection with kisses when prompted, and will greet your return home with enthusiasm and doggie smiles. Sammy has been very eager to learn about his environment, socialize, and please his people – he’d rather work for your love than treats. Sammy doesn’t shed much, and he feels much softer than he looks! Sammy’s energy is moderate – he’ll run around and play outside and loves a good game of tug, but quickly settles in close to you when inside.

We haven’t had Sammy around children directly but he was friendly and indifferent to them when passing children on our walks and we don’t believe there would be any issues with children in the home. He hasn’t had any reactions [fear, aggression] towards people in the home, out walking, in social situations, in body handling or when food handling. He’s been a really excellent dog this way.

Sammy has been great with other dogs – out on walks leashed, in social situations, and in the home. He’s living with two other medium sized dogs, but has been around dogs of all sizes and has shown no fear reactions, and responds well to their social cues to stop or back off. He hasn’t been possessive of any toys or food – and hasn’t reacted in brief moments when our dogs showed possessive behaviour [around a treat or toy]. We do have a cat in the home, but she’s skittish and shy so Sammy hasn’t seen much of her but was curious to smell her; he has listened to our verbal corrections [to stay away and not chase] whenever they’ve crossed paths and hasn’t chased her.

Sammy hasn’t tried to counter surf – or even coffee-table surf the couple times we’ve forgotten to put stuff away. He hasn’t shown any interest in chewing shoes or anything he’s not supposed to. He’s also really good about waiting to be invited onto the couch or beds. He knows “sit”, “paw” and we’re working on recall and lie down. He is fully house trained. Sammy is in the process of learning good leash manners and for the most part walks fine on a loose leash. He will pull at times however especially when you first set out so he will need some additional training with this. Sammy has gotten much better in not trying to follow us out the door when we’re leaving without him or answering the door. On the odd occasion he has gotten out, he doesn’t run away – he just wants to come with us. Sammy is crate trained but will bark when you initially leave the home but does settle pretty quickly. However, we’ve been starting to let him stay out on his own if we’ll be gone less than an hour and so far he’s been really good un-crated. Sammy rides well in cars – no barking, anxiety or sickness. He settles in and sleeps after a good hike or outing. Sometimes he likes to try and hop into the front seat if it’s unoccupied, and we’re careful with the windows because he likes to stick his head out them.

As Sammy came from a rural background he is still a bit skittish when we’re walking along busy and noisy streets – in particular with loud trucks or buses passing – but we’ve been working on that through exposure and encouraging him to move forward/keep walking with us. He has been really quiet most of the time. He’ll answer knocks on the door with some barking, but not charging. He is really just getting used to his new environment and the city sounds and gets surprised sometimes.

Sammy is a lover, and will thrive with positive attention and love from his new family. In fact – in all of our training/socialization so far he’s been more responsive to affection than treats. Since he bonds quickly and thrives on attention, we feel he’ll overcome any challenges he’s facing [leash walking, skittishness around loud noises] fast through building trust in his people and the confidence of them and any other dogs.

We feel Sammy would do well in most home situations, but probably best in a home that’s not too chaotic or noisy since he’s not a high energy dog and needs some good grounded affection to thrive. We’re positive Sammy would love to have a doggie brother or sister or at the very least plenty of opportunities to socialize. Any cats in the home should be dog-savvy and ready to put him in his place the first day. (Do to his squirrel obsession we think he may be best in a home without cats).

If you think Sammy would be a good fit for your situation, please go to our main website at and submit an application for consideration.

About Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Ugly Mutts mission is to rescue as many dogs as possible and to adopt them into stable, permanent loving homes with committed families throughout Ontario.

Ugly Mutts Volunteers came together out of their individual love for dogs and the realization that working as a team and combining our efforts we could make a real change and give dogs that second chance for a happy future that they so rightly deserve. We believe that a life is a life, and regardless of whether you are a purebred dog or a mix of 10 different breeds, whether your previous owner cared for you lovingly or you were dumped along the side of the road as a puppy, all dogs are deserving of our compassion and care. As we do not have a shelter or a location to house the dogs relying instead on private foster homes, and because we also feel a duty to ensure the safety of people, we are unable to rescue any dog that has aggression towards humans or that suffers from a psychosis. Still however, even with our limited resources, our Rescue Team manages to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome approximately 250 to 300 dogs each year.

Whether you are looking to adopt a dog or in need of a new home for a beloved pet, our experienced volunteers will ensure the best options for you and your family.

Calling our rescue Ugly Mutts is our tongue-in-cheek way of paying homage to all of the not-so-purebred, slightly over-weight, under-bitten, wonky-eared, dewclaw-missing dogs of the world.

Ugly Mutts Goals Are:

To provide a second chance to any deserving dog in need

To promote good pet ownership

To provide guidance and instruction in positive reinforcement to our adoptive families

To provide the best alternative to loving dog owners who are unable to continue caring for their pets.

Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue "Helping Save Lives"

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our Adoption Code of Ethics

Ugly Mutts owes a duty of responsibility to all of the dogs accepted into our care and yet recognizes that it also owes a duty to foster parents, adopters and members of the general public to ensure their safety.

Ugly Mutts will not accept a dog for placement or adopt a dog that is physically unsafe to humans in temperament or behaviour.

Ugly Mutts will not intentionally misrepresent a dog’s age, temperament, breeding, or any other pertinent information or facts in order to facilitate the adoption of a pet.

Ugly Mutts will not knowingly adopt a dog/dogs of any age or breed into any harmful environment including but not limited to pet shops, laboratories, wholesale dealers, backyard breeders or puppy mills.

Ugly Mutts will not knowingly allow any person to foster or adopt a dog who has been banned from keeping animals or has been convicted of cruelty to animals.

If you see a pet currently listed for adoption that you feel would make a great addition to your family, please submit an application for consideration.

Our Adoption Process...

The adoption process for each of the dogs is done on an individual basis. We have no set criteria as each dog has individual needs and our primary concern is to ensure that not only will the adoptive family have the means necessary to care for the pet but that the dog will meet the wants and desires of the adoptive family, as a pet.

In this regard, we place less importance on the type of home you live in, and more on exactly why you want to adopt a dog and what your plans are in caring for the pet.

We do care passionately about our dogs however, we care just as much about the people and ensuring that whatever dog they adopt is in fact a good choice for their situation.

You must submit an application to be considered as a potential adopter. And only approved adopters are invited to meet the pet in person. There is no commitment to adopt by either yourself or Ugly Mutts until it is mutually agreed that the specific pet is a good choice for your situation.

The application can be found on our main website at

We do not adopt on a first come, first served basis and we do not hold dogs without a signed commitment from the adopter.

We do reserve the right to refuse any adopter for whatever reason. Visiting a specific dog is done by appointment only and donations requested for each pet may vary.