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Are you a big-dog person? This hunk of a pup may be your next best friend.
Looking for a furry companion who’s loyal, eager to please, and willing to work? Then feast your eyes on Sinchi! This big, smart hunk of a boy is looking for a confident, large breed-savvy person he can learn from, look up to, and trust. Won’t you be the one to take his lead?
Age and sex: 4- to 5-year-old male.
Breed: Hound and Labrador mix.
Size and weight: Large and 80 pounds.
Coat: Short and fawn.
Location: Operation Paws for Homes in Virginia.
Activity level: Medium.
Likes: Belly rubs, doing tricks for treats, rawhides, keeping the yard critter-free, car rides, making sure there are not crumbs on the kitchen floor, fluffing his bed, snuggling with his people, and giving kisses.
Dislikes: Sharing his toys, cats, and being bothered while relaxing.
Training: Sinchi is house and crate trained, and walks well on a leash. He is very smart and knows several basic commands and tricks, including sit, down, shake, spin, off, place, and out (i.e., drop whatever is in his mouth). He would benefit greatly from additional training.
Yard requirements: A fenced-in yard is not a must for Sinchi as long as he gets plenty of walks and exercise.
Kids: Sinchi would do best with kids 12 years and older who will respect his space and toys.
Dogs and cats: Sinchi is fine with submissive dogs similar in size, but would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Due to his high prey drive, he does not do well with cats.
Health issues: Seasonal allergies.
His story: Sinchi was originally adopted by a family when he was 8 weeks old, but was returned last summer when he started becoming grumpy around the children. He was adopted by a couple who had two dogs and a cat, but was returned when Sinchi’s prey drive became an obstacle in ensuring the cat’s safety.
His ideal forever home: To set him up for success, Sinchi would do best with a patient and strong-minded, dog-savvy person, couple, or family who is experienced with large breeds, and will be committed to continuing his training. He would do best as an only pet or with a submissive dog of his same size.
Other details prospective adopters should know: Sinchi can be toy and food aggressive around other dogs, a behavior that is managed well through simple training techniques.
Contact info: Email Adopt@ophrescue.org or visit ophrescue.org.
A devoted dog mom, journalist, and animal activist, Lisa uses her writing to spread awareness about animal welfare and cruelty issues. She lives in Atlanta with two spoiled German Shepherds, one entitled Pug, and a very understanding husband. Read more of her work at her blog and website, and follow her on Twitter.
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