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Shepherd / Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler / Mixed (short coat)  : :  Male (neutered)  : :  Adult  : :  Large


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About Saros

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 500.00
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Current Size: 55 Pounds
  • Current Age: 1 Year 4 Months (best estimate)
  • Fence Required: No
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Needs Training
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Grooming Needs: Moderate
  • Shedding Amount: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: None
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

Saros and his siblings were dumped and found themselves at a high kill shelter in West Texas. He is good with other dogs, cats and older kids.  All dogs and puppies require supervision and training. .

Saros is a loyal companion that is looking for the right home to guide him to be the best dog that he can be.

 

Saros is likely a cattle dog mix, he weighs about 55 lbs, and is about a year and a half in age.

Originally, Saros and his littermates were dumped at a high kill shelter in Texas. After Matty’s Heart and Soul stepped in, they made their way to MN where Saros was adopted. Unfortunately, it did not work out and he’s back to trying to find a home that will love him until his end of days.

Saros is currently fostered with other dogs of various sizes and both genders and he does well. He loves having a canine companion to play with. He loves to wrestle around and dash around the yard with them. 

He is fostered with several dog-savvy cats - meaning they’re full grown and don’t move about quickly- and he does well with those; he rarely pays them any attention and is willing to share his dog bed with them. But probably wouldn’t be the best fit for tiny kittens or cats that will run from him / move quickly. Quick movements like this make him want to chase things.

Saros is currently in a home that has sheep, chickens, and goats. He has done well in viewing them from the fence and is not overly interested or fixated on them. 

Saros should not go to a home with children, and this is due to several factors. To begin with, he is a herder in personality. This means when little kids run and play, he wants to try and herd which can include nipping at heels. While a natural instinct for him, it is undesirable for the people. In addition, Saros doesn’t have the best bite inhibition, meaning he isn’t the most careful with where he is placing his teeth, especially if he’s excited. While he is working on this, he can still be rough at time when taking treats or playing. Finally, Saros gets nervous in a lot of chaos; so, kids who want to have their friends coming and going all the time would make him very uncomfortable.

Saros is kennel trained and I can’t remember him having an accident in the house. Although there can always be a learning and transition period to bringing any new animal into the home, I think you’ll find him pretty solid on these in no time. Saros is kenneled at night and during the work day. He also rides well in the kennel in the car.

Saros LOVES his food and is not picky in what he eats whether it is for his meals or a treat. He is a happy worker and his food motivation makes it easy to teach him new things.

Being a herding breed mix, Saros needs a job to do. Whether it is teaching him some new tricks or possibly getting into some sports (he’d be a great intro dog to agility and also he has a great nose), he would thrive in a home that is willing to provide both mental and physical exercise. That said, he is not an over-the-top dog. He’d also give a simple walk a few nights a week and a cuddle on the couch a five star rating as well. 

A home that is willing to provide structure and boundaries in his daily life would be ideal. Having these things and knowing what to expect provides Saros a lot of comfort. He does not like a lot of change and can make unfavorable choices if not given enough structure.

Saros is a very loving and goofy boy, but it does take him a little time to warm up to new people. For his new family, it will be important to go slow over the first few days as he transitions. He would likely be most comfortable putting up in his kennel in a bedroom or somewhere out of the way when you have friends or guests come over. He should not be forced to interact with people and his new owner will have to advocate for this if you were to encounter strangers out on a walk wanting to pet him. If pushed too far, Saros will act out. So, this is a very important thing to understand and be willing to advocate for him for. 

Saros has been in training learning multiple of things including building his confidence in new places and situations, learning basic manners such as sitting to greet people and walking well on a leash, and impulse control. The trainer will happily talk with and guide Saros’s new family in what he’s worked on and future things to continue to help him succeed in a new home. Saros is also treadmill trained as an additional way to provide him some exercise when the weather doesn’t cooperate/

A shared wall living situation probably isn’t the best for him, just as it would be hard to control all the different people coming and going. Likewise, I would be hesitant to use a tether or invisible fence situation and never so unattended as it can be difficult to control who approaches a dog in this setup. Either being leash-walled or a physical fence would be best for him.

In general, Saros is a quiet guy. I am struggle to think of a time I’ve heard him bark.

He does excellent for grooming. He is great in the bath tub, he is a little uneasy for a high-velocity dryer but does allow it, and he has no problem with his nails being dremeled.

Saros loves to play with toys and doesn’t have a huge preference but toys that squeak do seem to be towards the top of his list. 

Being with his people is one of his favorite things, whether you’re training or walking or just hanging out. He loves to be with. He also really loves belly rubs and will happily flop over for those he knows to give them.

Please put in your application on our website mattysheartandsoulanimalrescue.rescuegroups.org.

   

 

More about Saros

Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Requires a yard, Likes to play with toys, Playful, Affectionate

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