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Mastiff/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adption in Livermore, California - Niko
Photo 1 - Mastiff/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Livermore, California - Niko
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Facts about Niko

  • Breed: Mastiff/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

Niko's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.

Niko's Story...
Niko is a 1 and 1/2 year old Mastiff/ Lab mix that is looking for a forever home! He is very bonded to his sister Niko, and they must go together.

Niko was picked up as a stray. He had been hit by a car and had a broken leg. The owner came in to claim him and animal coontrol told her that they would release him to her as long as she got immediate vet care for his leg. The owner then returned the next day to the shelter and surrendered him AND his sister-wife, Nala. It was obvious Nala had recently had a litter of puppies. We are presuming it was probably with her brother Niko. They are best friends and love eachother A LOT!

Both Niko and Nala are great with other dogs! Their previous fostered in a home with two shepherds and a teacup chihuahua and have done wonderfully. They are also fabulous with children, and would make excellent family dogs. In their foster home they live with a 6 yr old, a 4 yr old, and a 6 month old. They are both very loving and gentle with all of the kids, and they especially LOVE the baby. They always lay next to her on the floor and seem to feel very attached to her. They are both pretty calm in demeanor, but they can get playful at times. Mostly they just want to snuggle and give kisses!

It appears that they were probably abused by a man. They do well with women, but will initially bark and growl a bit when they first meet a male stranger. However, they will not lunge or approach, and will actually cower if anyone raises their arm too quickly. Once they are reassured that the stranger is ok, then they are fine. Nala and Niko are both potty trained. They are not crate trained, and do not seem to like crates. They will need work on the leash as they do pull. They know "sit" and are working on "lay down". Nala is able to open gates, and needs a secure backyard. She generally doesn't wander far from the home, but the gate should be shut with an extra clip to be safe. Nala is also working on learning what is appropriate to chew and what is not. Nala and Niko will need a leader that can be firm but gentle, and not too over-bearing. They will adapt and learn best if they feel safe in their environment.

For more information on Nala and Niko, please email
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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Niko, a Livermore Mastiff/Labrador Retriever dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Mastiff/Labrador Retriever for sale in Livermore, or seeking a Mastiff/Labrador Retriever dog from a breeder in Livermore.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Livermore already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Livermore breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Mastiff/Labrador Retriever breeders who help with Mastiff/Labrador Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Livermore paves the way for another one to be saved.