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Koda Border Collie & Poodle Mix Bellingham, WA

  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
  • White / Cream, Black


Smart, Affectionate, Athletic
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.
Prefers a home without
Cats, children.
Adoption fee

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Meet Koda

Koda is a sensitive young pup who's had a rough go in life so far. He was not set up for success by his previous owners and was handled using outdated training methods ("Alpha-Rolling", being jabbed in the ribs, etc) that have caused him to be a little conflicted and unsure of the world around him. Koda is eager for affection from his humans and would love a calm, patient family that can provide him with plenty of love, reassurance, and opportunities to build his confidence. Koda is a super smart dog who is reportedly 50% Border Collie, 25% Poodle, and 25% Australian Shepherd (quite the mix!!) He will need lots of outlets for his energy and plenty of activities to keep his brain occupied and engaged-- he's not a dog who will be happy lounging around the house all day. Koda loves a good squeaky toy and enjoys working for his meals thru frozen Kongs and other puzzle feeders. Koda is a diamond in the "ruff" with tons of potential to be an incredible lifelong sidekick for the right person. If you have the time and resources to invest in this scruffy guy's future, submit an application to schedule an introduction and see if it's a match!

-Can Live with Kids: No, due to his bite history we will be requiring Koda to go to an adult only home.

-Can Live with Cats: No, Koda has a high prey drive and needs a home free of cats and other small animals.

-Can Live with Dogs: Yes, Koda has tested fairly well with other dogs at WHS. Everyone will need to meet at the shelter first to ensure they're a good match!

-Can do Apartment Living: No, this high energy guy was mainly an outdoor dog in his previous home and would not do well in an apartment. A home with a fenced yard strongly encouraged!

-Potty Trained: Unknown

-Bite History: Yes, Koda "got in the middle of two teenagers fist fighting" in his previous home which resulted in a bite. Please ask staff for more details.

-Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, at least one private lesson.

-Energy Level: High

-Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Neuter/microchip
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