Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a long history of caring for dogs which have been abandoned or whose owners were unable to cope. Unfortunately many dogs at Battersea arrived because their previous owners only considered what they wanted their dog to look like – not its background and behaviour patterns.
As a result Battersea has seen a rise in the number of pure breed dogs it receives as well as a rise in the number of dogs that need country homes.
The most popular dogs purchased by misinformed town dwellers are, incredibly, Border Collies. These dogs love mental and physical stimulation – they are bored silly in the city and need space and air and things to chase.
Other breeds unhappy with life in the city are Jack Russell Terriers (miniature whirlwinds), Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers (both have endless reserves of energy and stamina), Springer Spaniels (originally bred for retrieving they have energy and stamina reserves to rival the Labradors and Golden Retrievers) and Lurchers (a very strong chase instinct coupled with very bad recall means a three legged Lurcher in the city).
Battersea has also lately seen a rise in Japanese and American Akitas. These awe inspiring dogs were originally used as hunters in Japan, therefore they have a very low tolerance of other dogs and so need to move to an area with a low dog population.
These are examples of some of the breeds which are unhappy in the city, and over the next few months dogs like these will be looking for places to live where they are more at home, with loving owners who can give them the attention they need.
This month, the dogs which require immediate housing are Jason and Sasha.
Two to three years old
Jason is a lovely big boy who loves his food and toys. He does need to be taught some manners so will need confident, strong owners who can set the ground rules from day one, but once he is in the right home he will be a loyal and loving companion.
He will need to live in a large house near the countryside or in a semi-rural location, with lots of space to run around. His new owners will have had Rottweilers or similar breeds before. He cannot live with other dogs or children, but will need more than one carer as he forms strong bonds with people quickly.
If you think you can offer Jason a loving home please contact the rehoming line on 0207 6279234 or apply online at www.dogshome.org, quoting reference 08/01061.
German Shepherd cross
One to two years old
Sasha is a fun playful young lady who is very responsive and friendly. She can come across as overbearing but this is all a front: underneath all that fur she is quite sensitive.
Sasha becomes frustrated on lead and is wary around other dogs, and her new people should be prepared to spend a lot of time on this. She will need consistency with her training and will benefit greatly from a set routine.
Sasha will need to live in a quiet, semi rural location due to her wariness around new people. This environment should have a low dog population due to her lead frustration around other dogs. It is essential that Sasha’s new home has a private enclosed garden with no neighboring dogs.
Ideally Sasha should live in a multi-carer household to reduce the likelihood of her overbonding with one person. She is not to live with children due to the consistency needed in her training; however, older mature teens would be considered as long as they will be involved in her training.
Sasha needs owners who have experience of owning guarding breeds such as German Shepherds or Rottweilers, as she has typical breed traits and will need owners who understand this.
If you think you can offer this lovely girl a home contact a member of the rehoming team on 02076277884, or email email@example.com and quote reference 2007/06188.
If you think you can offer this bright spark the home she needs please call Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, London on 020 7627 9234, apply online at www.dogshome.org or come down to the Home and register, quoting reference 08/00824.