- Breed: Mastiff-mix
- Age: 6 months
- Weight: 40 pounds
- Gender: Female
- Dogs: Needs to be placed with a playful, friendly dog her size
- Cats: Good
- Kids: 5 and up
- Obedience: Required
- Exercise: Moderate
- Fence: No specific requirement
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: www.ildoberescue.com/adopt. After application is submitted, additional inquiries can email PlusDogs@ILDobeRescue.com
Do you like potentially big surprises? Meet Ursula: the 6-month-old, 40-pound, Mastiff-mix puppy! Ursula is still growing and has a lot of learning left to do. Even though she is a puppy, she seems mature beyond her years. She is quiet, shy, and sweet. Ursula has some minor confidence issues that she is working on in her foster home and close to overcoming. She is improving and becoming less timid, thanks in part from the social cues she’s learned from the resident dogs in the home. Because of her confidence issues, she may require SLOW introductions when placed with other dogs, and we are requiring that she be placed in a home with at least one other large dog that is patient, outgoing, and playful so that she can continue growing emotionally and keeping a lovely temperament. It is impossible to say what will happen when she is placed in a home, but it did take her 3 weeks to warm up to the resident Doberman mix and begin playing in the yard and house. They are now best buds and she loves to play ROUGH (check out the video)! She doesn’t mind small animals, like cats, and lives in harmony with a 12 lb Doxie as well, and largely ignores their presence. She loves her crate and prefers to hang out there when she’s feeling overwhelmed. She would prefer a crate with closed-in sides (travel crate), instead of a wire one, and she will not be placed in a home that isn’t on board with crate training as this is what she needs to successfully integrate into a new home. She was easy to crate train and will go right in without being coerced. She is quiet while crated, and would prefer the door to be closed and latched at night while she sleeps. This is her safe space. She can also make it an entire work day/through the night without needing to potty outside. She loves all kinds of toys, bones, and loves to play tug. She also loves being outside and walks nicely on a leash. Even though she has some great qualities, she still needs work on using the yard and can sometimes get a hold of things she’s not suppose to have since she is still a puppy. To ensure her success, obedience classes are required for Ursula and may help her build more confidence and a better bond with her new adopters. She thrives on positive reinforcement and her favorite phrase is being told what a good girl she is. You can usually find Ursula by the sound of her tail happily thumping everywhere she goes. Despite being nervous of newcomers, she is always interested in meeting new people, and the happier she gets, the more her entire back end wiggles in excitement. Ursula handles being pushed outside of her comfort zone better than ever. She is a wonderful balance of mellow as well, and loves to veg out on the couch and can be a little pushy when she wants your attention. She has no problem laying right on top of you like a lap dog. We are recommending her with older children 5 and up due to her potential size but she lives with a child in her foster home and adores kids. With a little work and patience, Ursula will make her forever family very happy with her sunny disposition. She does not require a fenced-in yard, but would appreciate one.
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.