• Breed:  Great Dane
  • Age:  1.5 years
  • Weight:  100+ pounds
  • Gender:  Male
  • Dogs:  Good with the one he lived with
  • Cats:  Unknown
  • Kids:  Unknown
  • Obedience:  Required to ensure success
  • Exercise:  Moderate
  • Fence:  Needs fenced yard (no e-fence)

Because we are all volunteers, Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus only considers approved applicants to meet our orphans in our foster homes. Please read our eligibility requirements and apply on our website:  After application is submitted, additional inquiries can email  **Our adoption radius is 4 hours from Chicago.**

Bowie and his Mastiff buddy Lemmy (also up for adoption) were confiscated in a neglect case after living in a ‘deplorable’ garage with no ventilation several hours downstate. It’s a big commitment to take in one giant dog, let alone two, so we will adopt them out to separate homes with existing friendly dogs to keep them company. This will give them a chance to blossom apart from each other instead of being codependent. They are ready to forget this neglectful past and learn what love and security is all about. Bowie is about 1.5 years old, and he is a stunning blue merle Dane. Like his namesake, Bowie has a unique eye that seems to continue the merle pattern, but it’s just a small discoloration in his left iris. He sees fine out of it. Bowie is more outgoing than his shy friend, and he uses ‘but I haven’t been neutered yet’ as an excuse to mark everything outside. We will remedy that situation immediately, but he will have a matching empty sack on his neck thanks to an interesting old scar (see photos). It’s far enough away from his collar not to bother him, but it did make us giggle when we first saw it. Bowie gets along with the dog he lived with, so he’d transition fine into a home with another dog after a slow intro. He has no history with cats or kids. Bowie has zero vocab–not even sit–so he will require training to ensure his success. He uses his 100+ pounds to pull hard on the leash, so he’d be best in a fenced yard instead of pulling you all over for walks. Due to a lack of foster homes willing to take in a huge unknown dog, he is staying in a nice boarding kennel, who is getting him vetted and taking wonderful care of him. If you have a spot or two on your couch for this gorgeous boy, please apply!

The biographical information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge while the animal is in our care or includes what may have been provided by a previous owner. We strive to be honest and accurate, but animals can change their personalities and behavior when they settle into a new home. IDR+ makes no guarantees based on the information we observe and provide.

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