Breed: Male Maltese x Poodle
Age/DOB: 1 year 6 months
Weight: 8.5 kg
Herbie is very sweet but does need an understanding home. He is a very anxious little boy and quite reactive to noises around and is very very vocal when someone is at the door. He will try to play with other dogs who are familiar to him but then gets skittish and will start barking and carrying on. He may adapt with a quiet placid small dog who just shrugs and walks away.
He does like his people around all the time and will get very upset when you leave so he will not suit a working family. He will benefit from a quiet environment with a regular routine. He is a resource guarder and if you try to take that scrunchie from him he will try to nip you, but if you offer a treat he will drop and take the treat instead.
He is very food motivated.
He is nervous around new people but does settle fairly quickly although he really does not like being patted on the top of his head. Herbie needs controlled interactions with strangers and touch desensitization.
Herbie will paw at your arm to be patted or played with (fairly gently but claws are claws). He happily plays with chew toys by himself – throwing them and kicking them, He likes the idea of fetch but doesn’t return whatever you throw for him as he likes to be chased. He is quite a clever dog and will benefit from someone interested in enrichment games with him.
Herbie lives with a grumpy old cat and if they have an altercation the cat wins. Herbie tries to convince the cat to play with him by being bouncy and sometimes barking. He will try to push his way in if the cat is given attention . He doesn’t try to bite as he has learned that cats have sharp claws! For this reason we don’t think Herbie should be placed with a cat.
He likes to test you sometimes by standing in the backyard at midnight and barking. Does he really hear anything or is he just wanting your attention? Herbie is a little of a mixed bag at present but in the right home we know he will flourish and his socialization skills will improve. He will need that understanding couple though. We do feel he would be better in an adult home with more than one person so he does not focus on just the one person.
Herbie is waiting.
Microchip Number: 956000007468686
Source Number: RE120211
Medical Notes: 8.5 kg
All our dogs are desexed, C5 vaccinated with intranasal, microchipped, wormed, flea treated and if over 12 months heartworm tested.