1 year old
Xander, a one-year old black and rust male with cropped-but-flopped ears, is the epitome of a gangly Doberman teenager. Surrendered by loving owners whose changing circumstances made them sadly realize that they couldn’t give him the training and exercise he needs, Xander has made quite an impression with his giant presence, both literally and personality-wise. This guy disproves the common disclaimer of dog lovers that a dog “doesn’t know how big he is”: Xander knows exactly how big he is and might actually think that he’s even bigger than that! This economy-sized Dobe will try to change the subject if he thinks things are getting too boring, so his next owner will need to have a similarly-sized level of patience and a good sense of humor. Xander is learning how to learn as he goes through training with DRU University, and has started to participate in our in house group classes with one of his Well-Being people. True to his puppy-brain, Xander is a dog who thinks any form of blanket, toy or even leash is a form of nutrition, which puts him at a high risk of obstruction. His new family must be willing to crate him when he isn’t supervised, and to be extra vigilant when he is out in the house or yard with them. While this behavior will possibly diminish once he’s in a new home and he matures, right now we treat Xander as a definite obstruction risk. Xander lived successfully with two children but showed a definite increase in respect for the one who was more confident with him. Because of his large size and exuberant nature, we think he would do best with older kids who won’t be overwhelmed by his energy level and presence. His prior owners report that Xander was exposed to their chickens without incident, and we are waiting to see how he does with our visiting test cat. Xander’s new owners need to be prepared for this guy’s one major medical challenge: like some Dobes, he is vonWillebrand’s Disease Affected with an extremely low clotting factor. While this doesn’t need to stop him from enjoying his life, care should be taken whenever adventure calls, as a small injury could possibly cause him to bleed more heavily than a normal dog would. This condition also means that Xander’s next vet should be familiar with the condition in case he is ever in need of surgical procedures or medications that affect clotting. (And now you see why we are so cautious about his obstruction risk: a surgery to remove an ingested sock, Lego or pine cone will be even more complicated with a vWD+ dog.)
Xander, whose name in Greek means “Defender of the People”, could use some people to look out for him right now. He is a sweet, engaging but demanding young fellow who will make the right family happy to be his.