Chipper is a sweet, active, 1.5 year-old, neutered male English Setter/Great Pyrenees mix. He was surrendered to rescue by his family because he played too roughly with their small children. For that reason, we are not currently recommending Chipper for homes with children under the age of 12. Chipper loves to run and play with other dogs. He needs a home with another playful dog who enjoys chasing and wrestling. A securely fenced yard is a must for Chipper because he can be stubborn and will not always come when called.
Chipper had surgery on his right, rear knee to fix a dislocated knee cap (patella luxation). He initially had a grade 4 luxation that required surgery to fix. After several months of recovery, his veterinarian says that he currently has a grade 2 luxation that does not require further surgery. This means that Chipper has some scar tissue and stiffness in his knee and has a slight limp when he walks on his right rear leg. He is able to play, jump, and run like a normal young dog. He is still building the strength back in his injured leg so he will lay down and take breaks from playing when his knee gets tired. Caution should be used during activities that will require sustained activity, such as hiking or jogging on leash, but otherwise Chipper’s injury does not impede his movement or quality of life.
Chipper likes people and enjoys affection. After plenty of exercise, Chipper is calm in the house and normally chooses to rest on a dog bed or the floor. From time to time he will sit on the couch with the humans and doesn’t seem to mind sharing furniture with other dogs. He rides quietly in the car, but sometimes needs to be lifted in at first. Chipper’s initial cat test showed a lot of interest in chasing cats, so he is not recommended for a home with cats at this time. Chipper does not like to share his food with other dogs and should be fed and given treats separately from other pets.
Chipper is still very young and needs to be supervised in the house. He is crate-trained and should be crated when unsupervised. His favorite game is to steal a pillow or a shoe and get his human to chase him around the yard to get it back! His future family should be prepared to work with him on the difference between people toys and dog toys as well as basic obedience. He has already learned “drop it” and “leave it”! Chipper is potty-trained and knows how to use a doggy-door. He avoids loud noises like vacuums and hair dryers. He also shows some fear of the stove and cooking activity so he may have had a bad experience in the kitchen at some point. He is head-shy and does not like having his collar grabbed. Chipper’s family will get the best results from using positive reinforcement training and avoiding harsh discipline, because Chipper is very sensitive.
Chipper will do best in a home with lots of structure and love and with at least one other friendly dog. He will make a beautiful, loyal companion if he is given the time to become the dog he was meant to be.
Chipper is currently being fostered near San Antonio, TX and is current on all of his vaccinations. His adoption fee is $200.