Adoption Status: Available
Foster Status: In Foster Care
DOB: Approx March 2019
Breed: Lurcher (Whippet x Heading Dog or Collie?) Mixed breed
Size: Slim Small Medium (currently 14kgs, will probably be around 20kg fully grown)
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.5m of secure, dog-proof fencing around the home, prefer 1.8m
Hobbies: Chewing her squeaky toys, lying in the sun, having cuddles and attention, playing with her doggy friends, learning new things, going out on adventures, DOING STUFF, digging up stuff
Good Habits: Affectionate, quiet, eager to please, house trained, crate trained, knows basic manners, intelligent
Bad Habits: Can be a bit jumpy when over-excited but she's still a puppy so still learning manners, is a bit of a know it all.
Favourite TV Show: Ninja Warrior
Personality Type: Friendly, intelligent, outgoing and confident. High energy level
Special Requirements: An active or working (agility, scent training, etc) home
Ideal Home: An active family home with older kids could be good, or a couple who have plenty of time and the willingness required to give an energetic pup time and things to do. Ava would suit an agility or sporting home (where she is also a member of the family!) so that she can use up all that energy and put her smart brain to good use. She is not a "walk around the block" kid and will need DAILY exercise (preferably twice daily) and mental stimulation. Throwing a ball for her at the dog park will not cut it.
Adoption Fee: $285
Ava is a pretty pup with an enthusiastic attitude towards life. She loves learning new things and getting out and about to see and smell the world. She will need a securely fenced property to live in as she has been known to visit the neighbours, so no farm fencing please.
People, other dogs, Ava loves them all. She also had a couple of bunny friends in her foster home who she has been very gentle with (under supervision of course!). She even tries to play with them sometimes! Ava is very people and dog social, she loves greeting new visitors and making new friends at her foster home or out and about and getting lots of pats and attention. She is still learning about not jumping up when she's super excited though so a home with children over 10 would be best.
Ava is very affectionate and loving, a very fast learner and very smart so she would do great in a home where she gets to snuggle with her family but will still have lots of daily exercise (morning and evening), get to do fun training games or learn agility with her people to work that smart brain and go on cool adventures. She'd make a fantastic hiking, walking, running or dog sport buddy. She is an active girl and needs DAILY exercise (especially in the morning preferably twice a day), and something to do, so a home where she is stuck in the backyard all day would drive her NUTS and leave you with craters in your lawn. She is currently in a foster home with two other dogs (one being an agility Collie and she wears HIM out) who she gets on great with, she is super dog social.
Ava needs a person who is willing to take her to great things like dog obedience classes who use positive reward based methods, do cool things with her like teach her tricks and fun games to work her clever brain, go on awesome outings with her to teach her about the world so that she grows up to be a great member of doggy society with lovely manners.
Like all pups, Ava will benefit from continued socialisation around people, kids, cats, dogs, stock, chickens and the like while she is young. Ava has met horses once (from inside the car) and was very scared of them.
She is a happy and loving girl and her foster parents say she is very smart and has blended into their family really well. She's completely house and crate trained and has started learning some basic manners too. She has learnt to walk well on lead and even sits before crossing the road.
Ava is a lovely girl and we know she's very pretty, but we need to be very clear - she will need something to do. She is active and smart and needs an equally active and smart hooman to come into her life that is willing to spend time with her giving her what she needs (lots of exercise and lots of mental stimulation) while she is young, or at least a hooman who doesn't mind if she digs up the back yard (she'd do great at scent training!! She loves sniffing things out and digging them up). She will likely settle a bit, energy-wise as she gets older and for whomever puts the time and training in now, she will be AMAZING for when she gets older.
As with all Pound Hounds Rescue dogs, Ava must be allowed inside (including to sleep) so she can really be part of the family. She will also require a comfy bed, quality (puppy) food, and regular flea and worm treatments.
***WHAT IS A LURCHER***
A Lurcher is not a breed of dog but is a type of hound that results from cross breeding a sighthound (Greyhound or Whippet) with another type of working dog such as a collie or terrier. This makes them not only fast, but very intelligent. They definitely need regular exercise, but can also be incredibly lazy, so once they've had their morning walk (morning is definitely the best time for maximum laziness) they will usually happily lay around and nap in the sun or on their bed. This of course is a generalisation and varies depending on the dog - like with any breed, you have your extremes.
Lurchers share many of the greyhound and whippet traits. They are very affectionate, and love human company. They`re also very, very clever – along with German Shepherds and Border Collies, Lurchers were used as messenger dogs in both World Wars. Because they are so intelligent, mental exercise (trick training, agility, brain games etc) is often of more benefit than physical exercise - and they LOVE it.
Lurchers have recently become very popular as pets. This is for many reasons, amongst them are…
- Lurchers come in all shapes and sizes from the small Whippet to the large Deerhound and all sizes in between. Their personality will depend on their particular “cross”.
- Lurchers can have many different coat types and shapes and come in an array of colours. So they are suitable for all homes and environments.
- Lurchers are very people friendly and good with children.
- Lurchers are gentle and trusting, calm, sensitive, and generally obedient.
- Lurchers do not always need huge amounts of exercise – two 40 minute periods per day are fine for most of them – although they will take more if you are able to provide it.
- They just love to sleep and relax, preferably somewhere soft and warm!
- They CAN have strong prey drives so although many happily live with cats or other small creatures, the urge to chase something that is running is often very strong. Training and supervision is required (as with all dogs) and they often can not be trusted off lead in an open area.
We LOVE lurchers, they are a fabulous, loyal, happy and loving family dog but they can be hard work (intelligent and energetic). We do suggest you do your own research on Lurchers and decide if they may be for you.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ava does not like horses, they are very scary.