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Chihuahua / Mixed (medium coat)

Details about Julia

  • ID D221038
  • Adoption Fee: $425
  • Breed: Chihuahua / Mixed (medium coat)
  • Gender: Female
  • Coat Length: Medium
  • Current Weight: 12.0 lb.
  • Estimated Birthdate: 9/8/2020

Julia's Compatibility Attributes

  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Needs Adoptive Home Without Large Dogs: Yes

Julia's Personality and Behavioral Qualities

  • Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
  • Obedience Trained: Needs Training
  • Likes to Vocalize: Some
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Cratetrained: Yes
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious
Other Traits:
    Lap pet, Playful, Timid, Eager to Please,

Julia is a fantastic approx 2yo mixed breed.  A TX chi special.  After living with both her and her sister, I see a lot of pug and beagle with a kiss of Chihuahua.  When she is happy or excited she makes the best “awhoo” sound.  And food time is a favorite of hers.   

Julia is potty trained to outdoors and will also use potty pads.  After she potties outside she just loves to race around the yard in circles and swoops.  She really reminds you to enjoy the moment when it's happening.  
Julia comes from a background of living with a hoarder.  It appears she was found in the backyard along with 35 other dogs.  Because of this she missed out on some important socialization lessons.  She also became a young mom.  Now she's happy that factory is closed and she can focus on herself.  Upon entering rescue in TX she did test positive for heartworm.  Showing just how resilient she is, Julia completed her treatment like a pro and has also completed her activity restrictions.  She is happy and healthy and ready to mingle.  She will need to continue on monthly heartworm meds as all dogs are encouraged to do.  
Julia's current job is learning life is great and her people will always protect her.  This comes through as being timid. When Julia is overwhelmed she likes to hide and not look at you so you can't see her.  She can be coaxed to give things a try because her nose always finds things to be curious about.  Julia uses avoidance as her main tool.  She will hide her eyes and intentionally not look at what's going on. But the nose knows. Being timid has not once been expressed as aggression or biting.  She will always turn away or run away if pressed.  Because of this, when she first joins her family thay will need to be very careful until she settles in.  She just needs time and positive reinforcement.   
Because she can be a little skittish, a martingale collar is recommended due to her physical physique.  Julia rocks a delightfully voluptuous potato body and her head is best described as petite. This allows her to slip collars and most harnesses with ease.  So if you're looking to make friends she is a great conversation starter. 
Julia does get along with other dogs but I have noticed that larger dogs intimidate her. She is more reserved and will leave social groups  She will absolutely benefit from a fur sibling. She takes a lot of her cues from my dogs.   I also think with slow introductions with an animal savvy family, she could do well with smaller children.  
Julia is a true gem.  Her eyes communicate entire volumes of information. She is basically quiet with the exception of letting you know someone's at the door by barking or when her joyful “awhoo” howl (not too loud) makes your heart smile.  With some training her door barks could be greatly diminished.  After a transition period (some weeks) I think she could do well in either an apartment or townhome setting.  She could actually thrive once she learns even more people have treats for her.  She is kennel trained and when the door is left open, she will steadily make her way into your bed if you let her or a dog bed nearby.  Just don't forget the blanket.  
Fair warning, her foster mom will do the ugly cry when she moves out. But she knows someone's out there that really needs Julia in their life.   Could that be you?

Julia is from Texas. If you are interested in getting to know this animal better, please fill out an adoption application. An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.

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