Age 1.5 year
Height to shoulder 55cm
Mixing with children Yes
Mixing with dogs Yes
Mixing with cats Yes
Can be left alone Yes
House trained Yes
Country of origin Romania. Currently in UK Cambridge
PLUTO NEEDS A HOME BY END OF NOVEMBER! Foster or adopter.
Sadly Pluto's adopter has been in contact with us. Pluto hasn't adapted well to inner city life, and she has tried many things to help him adapt but he is still stressed being around so many people, cars, noise etc. He is an amazing boy. Here is her description of this lovely dog.
Pluto will steal your heart before you know it! In situations where he is feeling comfortable and knows the people who are around him, he is an adorably happy, soppy pup. Pluto loves nothing better than a space on the sofa where he can cuddle up next to you and be near you. He loves giving you his paw to hold or to rest on your leg. He also loves getting regular belly rubs while putting his head in your lap. It’s hard not to melt when those chocolate eyes are giving you the look of love!
He loves to accompany you on longs walks, race through fields, and perhaps share a picnic with you along the way. He feels comfortable in outdoor areas with few people, and adores exploring all the new sights and smells (and running after squirrels, not that he’d ever catch one). After the initial excitement of going on a walk he walks very nicely on lead. He is happy with a couple of walks a day, but could also easily go for full-day hikes and keep up with no problem.
His favourite game is playing chase with doggy friends of all shapes, sizes, and ages – they go until they are too tired to run any more, and then can’t let the fun end so flop down for a bit of gentle wrestling. He is especially gentle and patient with small puppies, letting them jump all over him without getting annoyed. Once those bouncy puppies get larger than he is, though, he knows how to tell them “enough” and teach them how to do a polite introduction! He looks to other dogs for guidance and comfort, so a calm, confident dog or dogs would be a perfect way for him to feel more comfortable.
Pluto is also generally fine with cats, though he hasn’t quite found one yet that wants to be friends with his furiously wagging tail and eagerly sniffing nose. Given a proper introduction they could easily get along.
Pluto loves, loves, loves food and isn’t afraid to let you know when it’s time for his meal! He knows how to sit and wait politely for his kibble until you tell him he can have it. He has no resource guarding issues over kibble, but will resource guard long-term chews like rawhide bones, so we only give him bones that he can finish in one sitting and have had no trouble with that. He is very food-motivated and will work eagerly for treats or kibble. He is super-smart and picks up new commands and tricks very easily. He knows how to sit, down, stay, come, high five, spin around, bump his nose to your fist, jump up, weave between your legs, play dead, and roll over, and is working on a speak command.
Pluto is very well house-trained (although of course any dog in a new place will need to be shown where to go). We like to say that he has a “bladder of steel” because he can hold it for so long – well over 12 hours if you let him! He’s not a morning person and is very happy to sleep in (and let you sleep in), and in fact on most mornings decides he’d rather sleep a little longer than get up and go out to pee when it’s offered to him, and just waits for his walk instead. On the rare occasions where he’s needed to go in the middle of the night because of an upset tummy, he has taken pains to wake me up and then wait by the back door to let me know he needs to go out. He is happy to sleep in the bedroom with his people, but is also happy to sleep downstairs on his own.
Pluto is also fine being left alone and just settles down for a nice long nap while you are away. While he likes to sleep in his crate sometimes, he does not like being shut in one while you are gone (though he might sleep in there anyways once you’ve left). We leave him free to roam about the house and have never had an incident where he has been destructive, had an accident, or done anything untoward while we were away. He is always happy to see you when you get home and gives the best welcomes.
Pluto is fine with female visitors to the home but does not like male visitors in the home. He shouldn’t be allowed to approach strange men outside the house, as he does approach them to beg for food but can suddenly decide that he is uncomfortable if they move towards him. He doesn’t like crowds of people around him and needs a more controlled environment out in the countryside where he won’t be so stressed and where he can be slowly exposed to new people one at a time without overwhelming him.
We love this boy so much and know that you will too. We are so devastated and heartbroken to be losing him but we only ever want him to be happy and feel safe, and know that this is the best thing for him even if it is hard for us.