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Daphne

  • Dog
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix
  • Westminster, CO
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
  • Red / Chestnut / Orange , White / Cream
Westminster, CO

About

Coat length
Short
House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

Meet Daphne

Courtesy listing please contact Melissa at msmeliss411@hotmail.com directly for more info. Daphne is a 4 year old Catahoula mix. She is a capable, athletic dog, true to her breed. She also has a beautiful coat and eyes. She loves going for walks and hikes (she is a total rock crawler) but she doesn’t require excessive amounts of exercise. She does great with medium and large dogs but she’s pesky if she’s not done playing, and an older, grumpy dog probably won’t appreciate her tenacity. She hasn’t been tested with small dogs or cats. She absolutely adores her humans, once she trusts that they won’t hurt her. She is completely housetrained, kennel trained, and her kennel can go with her, but she’s not especially mischievous when left out. Catahoula's are sometimes called Hog Dogs (because they're bred to hunt wild hogs), but we call D the Hug Dog, because the girl can hug with the best of them! Now for the challenging stuff: Daphne doesn’t like strangers. She was adopted and returned to the shelter several times, because her adopters weren’t comfortable working through this. When she first came to live with us over a year ago, we saw her pearly whites nearly every day. She would approach, rest her head in my lap begging for love, and then curl her lip. Wiping eye boogers or clipping toenails was out of the question! We let her get comfortable in her time, which wasn’t long at all, and she was a new and improved version of shelter self! I recently bathed her in a very tiny shower with less room between my face and hers than I was comfortable with. I threw a muzzle on her, scrubbed and rinsed, then removed the muzzle and dried her off, and there were no hard feelings from D. I was even paid in kisses. She has no problem with being touched or handled, and would permanently attach to my husband if possible. This is big, because at the shelter she didn’t like men, but she’s been fine with all men I’ve introduced her to in a home environment. Daphne has been on two trial adoptions since she’s been with me, returned both times through no fault of her own. The first home had a resident dog that pouted for the 24 hours Daphne was there, so the owners assumed it wasn’t a good fit. The second home was a motor home with an elderly woman, and she and Daphne hit it off fabulously, but D was just too much dog for her to handle without a yard. She did exceptionally well in both homes, and I can elaborate if you’d like more information. What would make a perfect home for Daphne? She needs a stable home without a lot of stranger traffic. She has done fine with everyone I’ve introduced her to since she left the shelter, so a proper intro and a little patience goes a long way with her. She doesn’t approach strangers aggressively, but she also doesn’t want people that she isn’t comfortable with pursuing or reaching for her. If there is going to be a lot of people around and she’s uncomfortable, she has no problem sitting quietly in her crate in another room until the action has died down. She has been fine with kids, but I recommend a home without them. She needs a patient home that will allow her to get comfortable, which may take some time, or may occur within minutes as it did in the motor home. I would prefer an experienced dog owner because Daphne’s great at communicating with body language. An owner that’s willing to recognize Daphne’s uncertainties and help her work through them will be rewarded with a fiercely loyal companion. She’s been “homeless” for almost 2 years and she deserves to finally have a family and home of her own! If you're unfamiliar with the Catahoula breed, but would like to know more about it, check this out. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/catahoula.htm

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  • Catahoula Leopard Dog
  • Adult
  • Female