My name is Dexter!

Pug/Chihuahua Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Dexter
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I'm being cared for by:
Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Dexter

  • Breed: Pug/Chihuahua Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11556057-D170479
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Name: Dexter

DOB: 6/18/2012

Weight: 27 pounds

Adoption Fee: $300

Hello everyone, they call me Dexter! I'm a southern gentleman and my foster mom tells me the best pups come from Texas.

About me: I get along fine with the smaller pups my foster mom has but I was a little hesitant with the bigger pup. We are good buddies now but it took me a little bit to see that the big dogs are even more fun than the little ones. She's a great teacher and loves to play with me which I do now enjoy. I'm pretty good on a leash and I love walks. I'm learning the basics like sit and got help from my puppy friends but I do like to sit on the carpet verses the wood floors. I like meeting new people and puppy friends while out and I love the fenced in backyard. I'm very good in the house and sleep in the bedroom with my friends and foster mom. I do not need to be kenneled but I can be and I'm fine with that. I am on what my foster mom calls a diet and I have lost weight so keeping up with that is also recommended. I'm pretty touchy with my feet, legs and tail so I probably won't be good with small children but older respectful kids that understand these are my sensitive areas I should be fine with. I do like to cuddle but I'm also totally happy to lay by your feet. I do not sleep in bed as I prefer to sleep on the puppy bed my foster mom has on the floor right next to her. If I sound like the Man you would enjoy sharing your home with, give me shout and let my foster mom tell you more about me. I promise I will love you forever!!!

Foster Mom here, little Dexter or Dex as I call him is a happy go lucky little man. He was a little shy at first but came around quickly and built trust with me. He is very funny. Plays all by himself and loves toys. He loves puppy beds and is occasionally in the couch but he does prefer the floor. He will snuggle but does not have to get attention all the time. He will follow you wherever you go just to see if maybe food might be involved. Lol... One reason he is on a diet. His coloring is beautiful and I'm thinking he might be a Boston terrier beagle cross but he's not a loud barker. He barks when someone is at the door or coming in and that's about it. He's a very sweet boy and needs a leader. He is ok with men and women but some men I have seen he does not like and will bark at them. Not aggressive in any way but more scared. We are working on that and he is getting better. He does however prefer women to men. He does seem to have allergies so giving him a Benadryl twice a day really helps him and he's not so itchy. I'm sure I missed some things about him so please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks so much!

If you are interested in me, please fill out an adoption application at An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal. Once we receive your application, a placement coordinator will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Please check out our website, for more details and additional pictures on any of our animals!

All Ruff Start dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, up to date on age appropriate vaccines, microchipped, dewormed, and on monthly flea/tick and heartworm prevention (dogs) as well as heartworm tested (dogs).

Ruff Start Rescue is a foster based rescue. Animals are located in homes throughout Minnesota. We do not have a facility where animals are kept.

Ruff Start Rescue Adoption Policies:

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About Ruff Start Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Who We Are & How We Do It

We are a small, but mighty, Non Profit 501c3 Rescue. We are a No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization in Central Minnesota. Our rescue is composed solely of volunteers who love animals. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats and work very hard to place them in new loving homes.

This group is comprised ENTIRELY of volunteers who work full-time doing something that pays the mortgage. We do the rescue stuff (which is our true passion) after work and on the weekends. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away, it’s probably because we are at work and will call you as soon as we can!

By Choice

We do not have a shelter. We are of the belief that a home environment is far more desirable than a shelter or kennel. So, we rely exclusively on homes like yours in which to place our pets until they find their forever home!

We work exclusively with a foster-care program where our pet lives with you, and we pay for or provide everything. A home environment is always the most desirable and with the endless supply of animals needing homes, we just never have enough lined up. Sometimes the foster lasts a week, sometimes several months. A dog or cat will do far better adjusting when they are sitting by your chair or next to you while you are on the computer than stashed in a noisy kennel somewhere surrounded by sick and barking dogs.

We Can't Take Every Surrendered Pet
Because we don’t have a shelter, we can only take a new animal IF we have a vacant foster home for the pet to live while we seek a new forever home for him. OR, if you agree to hang onto the pet while we help them find a new home. Sadly, we are not able to assist every animal that crosses our path. There are just too many dogs & cats out there who need help. But, we DO have an extensive list of people looking for specific dogs and cats - so if you can hang onto your pet for a little longer, we might be able to assist you in placing them. No promises, but we promise to do our very best to help you find your pet their new forever home!

Our Mission Statement:

Ruff Start Rescue, is dedicated to saving all animals whose lives are at risk. Located in Princeton, MN; we are determined to educate the community about the importance of animal rescue and safety. We rescue animals from high kill facilities, rehabilitate the sick, love the unsocialized pets and maintain a 100% spay/neuter program. Ruff Start Rescue strives to end pet overpopulation and safely place all animals in loving homes.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

If you would like to make a donation, please go to and view our donations page for all of the ways you can donate!

Come Meet Our Pets...

All of our animals are in foster homes. If you would like to meet a foster animal, please fill out an application on our website:! We also have our animals available at adoption events at local Petsmarts! (Monticello, Maple Grove, and Coon Rapids).

Our Adoption Process...

The adoption process we go through is to have the potential adopter fill out an application on our website: There is then a background check done on the potentional adopter and if they pass the background check and home visits we set up a home visit! If the home visit passes, the adopter can then adopt the animal they're looking at after meeting them.

There is an adoption fee. This fee depends on the vetting that the animal has already needed. If the animal is too young and has not yet been spayed or neutered, you are required to sign a contract and agree to have them spayed or neutered.
Adoption fees range from $200 - $300