My name is Hansi!

Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Hansi
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Hansi

  • Breed: Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu Mix
  • Color: White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11473702

This sweet little guy was found running free near an area that is known for backyard breeders. Based on his coat and skin condition, he was an outdoor dog probably kept penned in a backyard and used for breeding. He was very thin and matted, and when our vet shaved and bathed him, they found twigs and thorns embedded in his skin. The poor little guy must have been in a lot of pain. 

He's currently being fostered with 3 other small dogs and a cat, and has had no issues settling in. He seems to enjoy the company of other dogs, and now that he's been groomed, he has a healthy appetite and is starting to put on weight and we are seeing his playful side emerge. His foster home has a large fenced yard, and Hansi loves to chase his tennis ball. He won't always bring it back but he likes to play chase with the other dogs. 

Hansi is on a healthy diet now and is being fed throughout the day to help him gain weight. He has great house manners, and has already learned to use the doggy door. He walks well on a leash, and has a good nature. He's staring to warm up more and more each day, and has now started to greet his foster mom with warm and enthusiasm when she comes home. He's still leery of men, but is learning what it's like to be a loved, cared for pup, and is blossoming. With a little TLC, Hansi is going to make a wonderful companion.

Hansi needs a calm, quiet home and a patient owner to help him come out of his shell. No young kids. 

FOSTER UPDATE - 6/15/17 - Hansi is housebroken, and sleeps with us in bed at night. He has warmed up to my husband,but still barks at men. Hansi will make someone a great family pet after the initial get to know period is over. He loves cats in the house, but chases them outside. 

FOSTER UPDATE 6/21/17 -  Wow! This is a different dog. Hansi has settled into foster home and we've discovered he loves to play and is a goofy, fun dog. He's very affectionate with his foster family, but still takes a little more time to warm up to men. He's being fostered with cats and dogs, and likes to chase the cats, so he will need a slow or gradual introduciton to kitties. He's great with house training, walks well on leash, and knows to sit before going outside. He loves to meet other dogs, and just wants to play with everyone.


BREED ESTIMATE:  Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu mix
GENDER:   Male
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT:   9lbs - Should be about 12 - 14 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE:  2 years old 
COAT TYPE:   Long - Needs regular grooming
OTHER INFO:   UTD on shots/neutered/microchipped/on monthly preventatives
LOCATION:   Arlington, VA


FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.