We didn’t know this at the time when we adopted him but Mr. N hit just about all of the hallmarks of a super adoptable dog. Small. Check. Fluffy. Check. Light colored. Check. Young. Check. Looks like a stuffed animal. Check. He was also house trained and knew how to dance and high five.
|Mr. N’s adoption profile photo|
Dogs that are harder to adopt out include older pets, those with behavioral needs, Pit Bulls, fearful/shy dogs, those with medical needs and those that need to be only dogs, according to Petfinder. Black dogs can also have problems finding a home.
Mr. N’s foster told me she had turned down half a dozen people who wanted him before us. She also said that if he was at the humane society, he would get adopted so fast you would get whiplash. I sometimes feel a little guilty that we adopted such an adoptable dog over a less adoptable one.
Even now when he’s a bit older, I think he would still be extremely adoptable (not that he’s going anywhere!). He would probably have to go to a home that would be home most of the time (due to his mild separation anxiety) or could take him to work or make other arrangements but aside from that no special needs. He would also be fine with older children as long as they were gentle.
Now whether or not his new home would want to keep him would be a different story! Mr. N has tons of energy and brains (you think this is a good thing until he outlasts you and tries to outsmart you!) and he would not be happy with the conventional little dog lifestyle.
Yes, I stick him in a purse sometimes so he doesn’t get stepped on but he also goes for ten-mile hikes and isn’t tired afterwards.
How adoptable is your dog? Would your dog have trouble finding a home?