Polo is in a tough spot. He is a large, friendly, young guy who was adopted as a puppy by people who didn't really think about much more than his cute face before taking him in. Unfortunately, he was the wrong dog for their lifestyle, and they are tired of him. They planned on taking him straight to our local high-kill shelter, but we took pity on him and are trying to give him at least a chance at adoption. He doesn't have much time, as we don't have anyone who can foster him right now and we are having to board him at our clinic while we try to find him a home!
He is energetic and hasn't had a whole lot of formal training, but we have been pleased to find that he settles down pretty quickly when he is given an outlet to drain his energy. Basically, his family didn't have the time for him, and they never exercised him at all. Anyone familiar with pit bulls and pit mixes knows that this is a recipe for disaster! He quickly became an over-excited and somewhat destructive dog when left to his own devices. However, with a little work and even some moderate exercise, this guy will be fantastic!
He has already started walking on a loose leash after ONE day of working with him, and he sits and stays nicely once he's had the opportunity to go for a walk. Keep in mind, this is after ONE day of working with him. Imagine how nice he will be with some basic attention!
Polo is currently a healthy 81 lbs at about two years old, and is simply gorgeous. We are not sure what his mix is--the owners purchased him as a "pure" pit bull--but he is clearly something good-sized! He is muscular and fairly tall. He is neutered and up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. He is fully house trained and lived peacefully with two toy-sized dogs. He has also played very well with a friend's huge, unneutered Presa Canario and has been completely non-reactive to the other kenneled dogs at our clinic, so we see no signs of dog-aggression. We are unsure how he is with children, as he has never been exposed to them, but we would recommend a home with older children at least since he is big and energetic. He LOVES to play ball and likes soft toys, so he might really enjoy having a kid to play with. We have no idea how he would react to cats, but he has not shown any obvious prey drive so far. With proper introduction and supervision, he might be fine. I am not sure if he has been crate trained yet, but I'm sure he will do fine with it if he hasn't been. He has been very good in the cages and kennels at work, and has not been a barker. We are asking an adoption fee of $100 to weed out some of the weirdos, but it is negotiable if you can prove that you are a good home (ie: current vet references, large dog experience, etc).