1 year old • Male • 68 lbs
Hugo Lionheart is a very muscular young boy, solid and athletic. His coat is red, and he has a subtle black face mask, mostly white on his muzzle and under his chin, and a white star on his chest. Hugo has a scar on the top of his nose. He has a bit of a third eyelid visible on his left side, but nothing that hinders him or needs correcting, per the vet. His left ear always flops to the right, which adds more character to his already endearing and expressive face!
Hugo Lionheart loves love!
He has the best of the classic pit bull personality: very friendly and affectionate, confident, playful, and extremely intelligent. In true bully fashion, he is very trainable--especially with some tasty treats or a squeaky toy. He is wonderfully eager to please, especially after a good run and play session.
Hugo would do well with an active individual/family, another sturdy dog or two to play with, kids if over 10, no cats, and a sturdy fenced yard or run. Regular, vigorous exercise will be key to his success as a good house companion. He loves his food and toys, but sweetly is willing to give them up to his person without difficulty.
He doesn't seem to understand why his size might be an obstacle to being a lapdog, and enjoys a good full body hug! As he could easily knock someone over, we only allow laps and hugs on invite :).
His leash manners are good, and will improve even further with consistency. Hugo is a very strong chewer and needs supervision with toys. We are still working with his playful mouthiness, and he has come a long way.
Hugo prefers to be with his people, but does very well in his crate without anxiety for up to four hours at a time. He rarely barks, but sometimes 'talks' to get your attention!
Hugo Lionheart is up-to-date on on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Like many bullies, Hugo has some allergy-based skin issues that will need ongoing attention to avoid complications. Chicken in his diet was identified as one source of the inflammation, and he is now getting a salmon food. As a result, the itching has improved, but he still has flares of itching on his back, feet, and ears. He currently gets weekly baths with oatmeal shampoo.
Hugo Lionheart was taken to a local shelter.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.