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Bella

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About

Breed

Finnish Spitz, Mixed Breed (Medium)

Age

9 Years

Gender

Female

Size

Medium (20-40 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Older Children (12+)
  • Needs To Be Only Pet

Spayed/Neutered

Yes

Current on Vaccines

Yes

Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns

Biography

Bella is 9.5 year old Finnish Spitz mix who has a lot of spunk! Her first owner, my paternal uncle, passed away when she was 1.5 year old. Her second owner, my maternal aunt, passed away in 2021. Her third owner, my father, passed away in January 2023. Unfortunately, I am unable to keep her permanently due to the pet policy at my current apartment complex. Bella deserves a good, loving home. She does well on the leash and LOVES long walks and hiking, she's housebroken, knows how to sit and give her paw when asked. A true lady, she crosses her paws while lying down. She loves belly rubs and treats. She rarely barks. She has lived in houses with big yards with her 3 previous owners and likes to lounge on the pavement outdoors when it's warm, but sleeps indoors, often under a piece of furniture, like your bed is where she feels most comfortable. She is afraid of small children and will nip at them and run away to hide. She does best with older children (12+) that are calm around her and know how and when to leave her alone. She loves to play with squeaky toys with her humans or by herself, often throwing them up in the air to catch them and roll around with them by herself. She doesn't mind being in a large crate or kennel for a few hours a day, if necessary but you may have to coax her in with a treat first. I believe she will do best as an only pet, but she has lived with another dog and two male cats previously. She displayed signs of dominance, resource guarding (food, mostly) and sometimes aggression towards the other dog (also a spayed female but much smaller; ~15 pounds) which is why I tend to lean more towards her being the only dog. She's been around male dogs too, not having lived with them previously though, and did not display that behavior in my presence so she may do well with another dog, if it's a male. If you're a dog trainer, I'm sure this behavior can be easily modified with your expertise. In all, Bella has a lot to offer to someone that wants a good companion dog. She would do best if she had a human that was home most of the day because that's what she's used to, but she does fine alone for several hours also for someone that works outside of the home. She likes walks but does fine without them too. She does not damage the house when a human is not home with her. She's friendly towards new people. She loves pets and will occasionally gives little wet kisses, but she's not a big licker by any means. She is VERY gentle when you give her food/treat. She takes it out of your hand very politely, even with other dogs around. She's not one to beg too much, especially if you tell her to go lie down. She listens well and you don't need to repeat yourself too often to get her to obey. She's a great welcoming committee when you come home as she gets very excited and happy when she sees you and will bark and "dance" around in circles around you and sometimes do zoomies.

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