Adoption Status: Available to Adopt
Foster Status: In foster care
DOB: approx 13 weeks old (estimated DOB: July 2021)
Breed: American Bulldog x Jack Russell (we suspect JR but no way to know without DNA test)
Size: We suspect Rocco will be solid medium to large when fully grown
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.5m or higher secure, dog-proof fencing around the home
Hobbies: Playing, stealing his sisters toys, lying in the sun, cuddles, being with his people, playing with his furry foster brother, following the kitty, learning new things, playing tug, chewing stuff, naps, EATING!
Good Habits: Affectionate, social with hoomans,learning about other dogs, good with cats so far, VERY food motivated, almost house trained, crate trained, playful, fast learner, already know some basic manners (sit, lie down, learning leash walking), has a gentle mouth, loves his food treat ball and cows hoof chew
Bad Habits: He's still baby so no bad habits yet, just stuff to learn about. He is currently teething but learning about what he can chew and what he can't. Rocco eats VERY fast but we've started him with a slow feeder bowl and he loves it (and its working!)
Personality Type: Very people oriented, affectionate, happy go lucky, outgoing and confident, cuddly, wants to be with you and do what you're doing
Special Requirements: None that we're aware of
Ideal Home: This boy would thrive in a home where he got to hang out with his people HEAPS. He loves being around people, doing what you're doing and being your little shadow. Rocco would do best in a home with kids who are dog savvy (over the age of 8) as he's an exuberant little fella and is still a baby after all. Rocco is medium energy, loves to be doing stuff. Rocco is still very young so will need homes where his people are with him most of the day, he will also benefit from puppy preschool and ongoing socialisation with other dogs, cats, people and situations so he continues to grow up to be a great, well behaved member of doggy society.
Adoption Fee: $350
Both Rocco and his sister Juno came in together to the pound, they had been found dumped in the bush and just wandered on out to the road where they were found by a passer by and then handed to the pound.
Rocco has been very lucky to be in a great foster home where he is learning all sorts of cool things! He's got a furry foster brother who's teaching him to dog, two kitty cats to learn about (although the kitties aren't too happy about Rocco, he's been good with them so far). He's doing well in the kitty area, he seems to just be curious and shows an energetic interest that the cats do not always appreciate. A home with another (gentle and well behaved) dog and either no cats or dog savvy cats would be great for Rocco. He and his sister were very scared of their furry foster brother to start with (but soon warmed up to him and now love him to bits) and due to lockdown haven't had much opportunity to meet other dogs but have been socialised with other dogs where we can safely do so, so will need a home committed to helping them learn about interacting with other dogs with good manners.
Rocco is a social and confident boy, he's the first to explore in new situations. He loves to meet new people and get very excited when people come to visit at his foster home quickly sitting down as he knows that will get him attention faster (and maybe even a treat!)
Rocco would be good in most environments. He would do well with another (female) dog for company and would likely enjoy gentle children (over 8 years) who would play with him, although he has yet to meet any kids. He is a puppy and is starting to teeth so will need some ongoing reinforcement around using his mouth (he is very gentle with his mouth but likes to "groom" you when you give him scritches)
Rocco is a lovely gentle pups with a beautiful nature. He is going to be wonderful loving family member. He enjoys his time with people and will make a fantastic "best friend" to his hoomans.
Rocco is crate trained and almost completely house trained. He is very food motivated and this makes him very easy to train. Rocco tends to gulp his food like he'll never see food again so any new hoomans would be wise to either invest in a slow feeder bowl or scatter feed him - we have started doing this with him and have noticed a huge difference.
Can you offer Rocco a safe forever home full of adventures, company, quality food, a warm bed, regular flea and worm treatments, and most importantly loads of love for the rest of their days?
As with all Pound Hounds, Rocco must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so he can really be part of the family.