Hi I am Spartan. I am a 7 month(as of 1/18/23) old German Shepard possibly mixed with some Alaskan Malamute. I am HUGE, or so says my foster mom. My temperament is that of a puppy. I want to play, especially with other dogs. I still don’t really know how to respect others’ space, but I'm working on it. My foster siblings have been reminding me of their boundaries and I don’t sass them back.
I know sit, down, shake and stay but my consistency is still a work in progress. I know my name and what “come here” means, my foster mom and I have been working on heel-ing and I do really well when it's just myself but when the other dogs come along I get distracted. Then mom has to work harder to keep my attention.
Words from his Foster: He seems to have an extremely low prey drive, we have a tiny little four pound cat and other than being mildly curious, he doesn't seem to care much. He has met my neighbors cows and doesn't really care about them either. But he is an excellent guard dog, anytime he thinks he sees someone, he will alert bark and he will growl and he has an awesome bark.
The other day it was night time and he saw my reflection in the glass panel in the front door and went absolutely nuts barking and growling!! I actually had to take him outside and show him that no one was there. So he will need some reassurance in a new home, typical German Shepard fraidy-cat-ness.
He is fully potty trained and when we first got him he was absolutely terrified of the kennel, now he'll go in the kennel but he doesn't like it. He whines a lot but will eventually settle. He absolutely loves the snow!! I know he looks like a German Shepherd but I think he most definitely has Alaskan Malamute in him. He is a very smart dog and learns quickly. He just needs to kind of mellow out some of the puppy energy and get some consistent training with his adoptive parents and then he will be a stellar dog!! He rides well in a car, but is nervous about the stairs.
I think that kind of covers the basics. He does like to play with a ball but he is not obsessed with fetch so he'll catch it a couple of times, he doesn't really know how to play tug of war but he will jump to reach a toy. He's very very food motivated.
When we first got him he was very very mouthy, like regular puppy mouthy, except that he's 85 lb, so we've been working on that and he has improved drastically. At this moment I would not suggest him for a home with small children or people that are not experienced with dogs. I think he would do fine in a home with or without other dogs.
Spartan’s adoption fee is $425 plus MN tax which covers his neuter, vaccinations appropriate at the time of adoption, microchip and any additional medical care he may have needed while in the rescue’s care.
We are a foster based rescue, we do not house dogs at a facility. Age and breed, are NLR's best guess as we often don't know who or what mom and dad are. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application on our website www.northernlakesrescue.org