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Max Shepherd Mix Hopkinton, MA

  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Black, Yellow / Tan / Blond / Fawn


Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.
Prefers a home without
Cats, children, other animals. Small, prey-like animals.

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Meet Max

Meet Max! This handsome guy is about 1.5 years old, 45lbs, and looks (and sheds!) like a Shepherd mix. In his foster home Max is house and crate trained and knows how to walk on leash. Considered medium energy, he loves being active but also can settle down after some exercise. Due to Max's high prey drive, he is not a good candidate for a home with cats, small dogs, or other small animals. In addition, he is not suitable for homes with young children, as the unpredictability of kids makes him nervous. However, he adores other dogs similar in size to him and would love a playmate! Max's ideal home will be one with teens or adults only, another playful pup, and preferably a physically fenced yard, although that is not mandatory.

His foster says, "Max is a good dog who is smart and good health. He knows his name and some basic cues like here, sit, leave it, etc. He likes to be near people, but isn't much of a cuddler. He enjoys toys and will play fetch. Max has a high prey drive and enjoys spending time in the yard watching and chasing animals. He would love a home where he can have a doggy door to go in and out as he pleases. However, the yard should be securely fenced as he has jumped our four foot fence in pursuit of a bunny before. Max is medium energy and does well with three, 20-30 minute walks a day, or two if he has a playdate/group play. He walks pretty well on leash as long as he's on a front-clip harness.

Max plays nicely with other dogs, but can sometimes get too frisky with little pups, likely due to his prey drive. He is best suited to live in a cat free home since he tends to get over-excited and chase his feline friends. Younger children make him fearful, typically when startled (like being abruptly woken up). He is generally fine with meeting and interacting with kids that have good dog etiquette, but does not want to be hugged, crowded, or chased. He gives proper warnings when a child is doing too much and making him nervous, such as running away, growling, etc.

We think Max would do best in a home with active owners who understand dogs with high prey drives, will continue his training, and will give him plenty of outdoor time. His forever home should be without young, unpredictable children and other small pets."

He is available for direct adoption with an approved adopter by appointment. Please fill out an application at

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