Let me introduce you to the absolutely stunning Xena (warrior princess), a Rottweiler /Husky mix who is about 4 months old. Xena currently weighs 25 pounds, and this pup still has lots of growing to do, she has some big paws and a solid structure indicating she will be a large sturdy dog.  Xena is a gorgeous dog, she has the typical Rottweiler  black/tan markings with a white stripe on the chest, and she has a bit of white silver fur coming through around her neck indicative of some Husky marks.  Her black fur is so sleek and soft and she has a sweet little Husky curled tail with some white underneath. Xena has such a vibrant energy and zest for life and you can see it when you look into her beautiful hazel eyes, she loves maintaining eye contact with her humans and it almost feels like she is reading your mind and your soul.  This pup is definitely full of mischief and she will constantly be keeping you on your toes.

Xena was unfortunately taken into the shelter after just a day with her family when they realised they were unable to keep up with her need.  The shelter reached out to Pound Dog Rescue to give her the best chance at finding her forever home.  Xena was full of joy and excitement when we brought her into our home and it didn’t take long for her to warm up! She loves to explore her surroundings, she will test and see what she is and is not allowed to play with.  Xena is a very testing puppy and she has loved trying to put her teeth on anything that she can to see how it will taste and if her humans will let her have it.  It is imperative that as she continues through her puppy stages that Xena is watched constantly to ensure that her teeth don’t find some baseboards, wooden banisters or furniture to chew on.  Xena is pretty good at keeping herself occupied by initiating play with the other dogs, or by finding a good chew bone and taking it to the pet bed, but this doesn’t generally last long and if she is bored she will find something to get into.  Xena will require extensive exercise and attention to keep her energy levels calm in the house, and unwanted chewing to a minimum.

Xena will need a detached home with a big fenced in backyard for her to roam and explore on a daily basis.  A detached home is required for her because although Rottweilers are generally quiet dogs, the Husky in her is very loud!  She will bark while playing, or just anytime she feels she is not getting attention.  She loves to be outside playing but she wants her humans to be outside enjoying the fresh air with her.  Xena loves when her humans play fetch with her, she will chase tennis balls, squeaky toys or even regular toys, as long as you keep throwing it, she will keep chasing it.  She absolutely loves her foster dog siblings and wants to run around and play with them when they are outside, once she comes inside Xena is always looking for someone to continue playing with her, as she has some unending puppy energy!  Xena’s ideal home would have another playful dog for her to expel some energy, but we also think Xena would do well as an only dog if her new family has lots of time to spend with her. True to her breed, Xena is quite a stubborn little girl and sometimes decides to ignore her humans, and carries on with what she wants to do.  Xena is already a very confident girl and will try to push the other dogs around to get what she wants.  She will not be suited to go to a home with another dominant dog, but in saying that, she also shouldn’t be paired with a dog who is super submissive as she will take advantage.  Xena would be better placed with a male dog. Xena is also currently living with a cat, she has certainly shown interest in the cat and has occasionally given chase, but she has never become aggressive and they have both been calm in their interactions. If her forever home has a cat, it would need to be extremely dog savvy as we don’t know how Xena’s prey drive will change as she gets older.  Xena also lives with two kids in the house, being as she is still a puppy we have been working on her mouthing and she does better and better every day, she loves when the kids get down on the floor and play with her! Xena loves playing some light tug of war, or chasing after a ball or squeaky toy.  Xena is excellent with the kids, but we think she would do well if she had children in her forever home that were over the age of 14, that are well versed with proper dog play as Xena is going to grow up to be quite a big girl and she is still very mouthy and bouncy.

Xena would love a big fenced in backyard to be able to run around and play in, she loves playing outside so much and it is probably her favourite thing to do.  Xena will require a fully fenced, escape proof and dig proof backyard, as Huskies are notorious for digging and escaping! Xena is crate trained, so when it is bedtime or time for the humans to leave the house we put her in her crate with a treat.  Xena has loved her crate from day one and will happily run right in and wait for her tasty treat. She will occasionally let out a little howl or a bark to let you know that she’s still in there, just in case you forgot, but she always settles down and is happy.

Xena is a really good eater and her favourite time of the day is meal time!  She is extremely food motivated which makes her training sessions such a breeze.  She’s eager for her food, so as soon as her bowl is ready she will run top speed to her crate and then wait patiently for you to put her food down inside of it.

Xena has been very good when it has come to her house training, there have been the odd accidents in the house when us humans forget to let her out, but she is typically very good at holding it until their next outdoor break.  Her forever home will need to make sure they remain diligent with her during the first few weeks to ensure that she knows she is to go outside. Xena knows to come when she is called and knows she needs to sit before getting a treat or some pets. Overall, Xena is pretty well mannered, but she is still a puppy and with that comes extra energy, mouthing and some bounciness, these are all being worked on diligently in her foster home and will need to be continued in her forever home to ensure that as she gets bigger, these behaviours become less and less. Xena is always up for an adventure, if you get up and leave the room you can bet she is going to follow you to see what you’re up to!  She doesn’t want to risk missing out on possibly some treats! Xena absolutely loves getting pets and receiving love and affection and she is very eager to return the favour, she will rub up against you and give you lots of kisses.  Xena also gets jealous when we give attention to the other dogs and will try to push herself through to the front to be next in line.

Xena has been an excellent passenger in the car when we have gone out.  She will typically roam the back seat for the first part of the trip and either look out the windows or try to see whoever is in the passenger seat, but she does eventually just curl up and lay down.   Xena has been doing extremely well on her walks, she absolutely loves to go out to see and smell everything she can. She walks very well using her gentle leader head halter, though she is very funny in that every once in a while she will just find a patch of grass and throw herself on the ground and just lay down.  After some coaxing you can generally get her moving again but you can guarantee she will flop herself down again soon enough.  When she is walking she keeps up a very good trot pace. Continued walks will have this girl being a star walker! Basic obedience training with Advanced Obedience will be a must with Xena as it will help her develop a wonderful relationship with her new family, but also it will help her to understand what is expected of her and help set out rules in her new home.  Xena is very intelligent and is going to be a very strong willed dog and she will need consistency and structure in her forever home in order for her to continue to thrive throughout her days.  Xena is going to be a big strong girl and she is not suitable for first time dog owners.  Xenas new family will need to have experience with large working breed dogs, and be willing to provide ongoing training past the initial basic obedience.  With the traits of both the Rottweiler and the Husky, continued training will be extremely important for Xena.  We are also looking for a family or person that is fully aware of the time commitment of a puppy and the work involved.  Puppies are a total joy and bring so much love and happiness into a home, but you cannot underestimate the work and time involved in raising a puppy properly.  They need constant supervision while young to expedite the house training stage and to ensure they aren’t chewing on anything inappropriate.  Xena especially requires lots of dedicated time and attention in the home with lots of exercise.

Xena is looking for her forever family with someone who will spend their time walking and playing with her, going to training class, and someone who will relax with her at the end of the day. Ideally she would like to have a large fenced yard with another young playful dog to keep her company and run around with. Xena is such a beautiful, energy filled and sweet natured dog and she is looking for someone who will love her forever and be active with her daily. Xena has been such an easy dog to love, her eyes and mannerism say it all in how sweet she is, if you’re ready for your days to be filled with lots of walks, playtime, and snuggles then give this gorgeous girl a chance!