Dora was born locally – her mum is a GSD and her dad is a lurcher  (greyhound x blue bedlington)  – she was pretty feral when she arrived in August 2017 and it has taken us until now to be confident she can now be homed. Dora is truly beautiful, great fun and she is an absolute delight in her foster home BUT and it is a deal breaker BUT she has to live within certain guidelines and we will not rehome her to anyone who cannot demonstrate they are willing and able to do this.  If you follow them Dora will pretty perfect – if you don’t, she will be back with us. 

Think of her as a very cunning German Shepherd – so has GSD instincts but her lurcher cunning overrides them.  She is incredibly loyal to those on Team Dora and lovely when she is out for a walk – strangers see a different side to her if they come into her area and because those 2 sides of her are real extremes it is hard to see how they fit together.

Dora can be an only dog if you are around a lot – or she can live with other dogs.  She cannot live with cats.

1.  Dora must not be allowed to worry or think to much –she is very happy when she is carefree and left to be a playful dog not a senior member of the family.  She is quite a timid girl at heart, so her new owners will be expected to provide her with an environment which makes her relax and not be on constant alert.  This environment is created by human action – not lavender drops, not doggie yoga, or adaptail collars – it is created when the owners think for her and are in control.

2.  She needs owners who are calm, consistent and kind.  Dora will not react well to any pack leader theories usually used with GSD type dogs.  Dora has no desire to be a top dog (too much work, too little fun) – she wants to be a happy, loved member of her family.  She is a playful, funny and affectionate girl.  Her problems (which she doesn’t have at all in her foster home or at kennels) are linked to her inability to cope with certain new situations and her breeding  – if you read up about ladder of aggression, Dora wants to sit happily at the bottom and by doing the thinking for her, you keep her there.

3.  You need to have a secure garden – this is non negotiable.  Dora does not go walkabout without reason but she can and will clear a 5 foot fence.

4.  Dora can and will open windows if they are not secure and can and will jump out of windows left open. Once out, she reverts to being a german shepherd and your neighbours will not be too pleased.  In reality this means you will only be able to open windows in the summer if they back onto a secure area – she is very quick and will escape even if you are next to her if she spots a cat, squirrel or new person.

5.  Her new owners will need to continue with her clicker training or hand touch training.

6.  You will need to visit Dora several times to see the real Dora – she is very loyal and this loyalty is currently with her foster family.  Dora needs to know you before she can live with you.  It will be a slow process.

7.  Dora would love to go dog training – she is very clever and very keen to learn.

8.  Dora is a super social dog with people she knows – visitors who know her are greeted with kisses and cuddles, belly rolls and more kisses.  But again she does not trust people she does not know so taking her to the pub or on holiday becomes tricky. Hotels become hers, so other guests are not welcome for example – cottages are easier!   She can be tricky is a pub with all the comings and goings – again she is not too keen on the general public being there.  You will also have to think about where she will stay if you go on holiday – she hates kennels (being locked up) but will they people you trust to look after her fully understand her and keep her safe.

Dora is not keen on strangers – with the people she knows she is fabulous – with strangers her behaviour is totally different and her need to protect comes into play.  You need to consider this if you have a dog walker (she will be fine if you slowly introduce her to the walker – but if she is replaced or has cover – you will need to start again).  You will not just be able to have someone pop in to let her have a toilet break (unless they are on Team Dora).

With the right owners Dora is a delight, but they MUST be prepared to follow all the advice we give – her foster family think she is brilliant.

Dora is fine with children but she cannot live in a family with children simply because children don’t always follow the rules and you cannot take that chance with Dora.

Dora has written a book – if you read this you will understand why – despite being perfect in her foster home – she is still with us.  It is available in our online shop either in the Christmas section or the human gifts section.

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