Barks and Meows Rescue introduces Kyiv. He is an 8-month-old German Shepherd weighing 65lbs. He was found as a stray and will be at least 80lbs when fully grown.
Kyiv is a wonderful boy. His age is still up for debate as we believe he is about a month younger as his ears stood up last month and Shepherd's ears are usually up by 4 months. Regardless, he is already 65lb so he will be a big boy when fully grown. He is an absolute dream German Shepherd puppy. He came to us being quite handshy. He was also very mouthy. Though this is a typical Shepherd trait, we have ensured to work with him on this, the younger the better, It was obvious no one had spent time for him, nor did anyone claim him.
He learns new things and commands very quickly. He sits on command now and takes treats nicely when in the sit position. Kyiv loves to play with other dogs. He does talk a lot when playing with them. He has a wonderful appetite and is fed twice daily 2 1/2 cups of food. He is housebroken as well as paper trained just in case. He is not crated in his foster home as he has been fine with the other dogs in the home and his toys to keep him occupied. He listens very well. The photographer told us that of all the dogs she has ever photographed in her entire life, he is the best by far for being calm, focused, and not distracted by the other people and dogs in the park. He will require more leash training with his body harness and lead. He rides well in the vehicle. The 2 Veterinarians that have worked with him said he was a really nice, good pup.
The ideal home for Kyiv is one where the family has previous herding breed experience. German Shepherd's training never stops. Another female dog to teach him the ropes would really be helpful. The family must be one that includes their dogs in their outdoor activities. Socialization with this breed is very important, both with people and other dogs. Instinct is to protect so the more socialization they get the better. He is not good with cats. We loves children and as he is still in the mouthing stage, his new family, if there are children, would need to be 10 years plus.
Kyiv is neutered, fully vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped.
A fully fenced backyard, made of wood, 6-foot high minimum, a Veterinarian History of Compliance and previous German Shepherd or Herding breed ownership are Mandatory to apply for Kyiv.
Many thanks to Melissa Caron Photography for their talents.