HARLEY - CHOCOLATE LABRADOR RETRIEVER. Being fostered in the Washington, DC area.
HARLEY - Needs experienced owner
Available in the Washington, DC area (within a 2.5 hour radius)
Gender: male neutered
Age: 7 years old (born 1/3/2012)
Size: large - 95 pounds. Harley is a tall boy.
Breed: Labrador Retriever (American style)
Energy level: high energy - needs an active family willing to provide him with plenty of exercise. Currently getting about 4 to 6 miles a day. * Harley is getting 2 long walk/runs daily of about 2.5 to 3 miles each time. A home on the water or a home with a pool would also suit him just fine as he loves water and loves to swim.
Vetting completed before adoption : combo vaccine, Rabies vaccine, Bordatella, Lyme vaccine, Lepto vaccine, neuter, heart worm negative, monthly preventatives, micro-chip
Vetting that will need to be done after adoption by the new owner: monthly preventatives
Heartworm status: negative
House & crate trained: yes to both. Harley is trustworthy when he is not crated when no one is home but the house has to be be "dog proofed" especially counters. Harley is a counter surfer. ** This is provided that Harley gets the exercise that he needs. If he doesn't he may "make his own fun" when no one is home.
Good with dogs: best as an only dog. Harley is a resource guarder around other dogs and while he has gotten much better since he has been in foster care with our rescue, he has a better chance of being successful in his new home if he didn't have to share - food, toys, attention, etc. Harley was not well-socialized as a puppy unfortunately and he can be quite jealous.
Good with cats: NO!
Good with children: best in a home without children or any children that visit regularly. He could possibly go to a home with teenagers that have common sense.
Adoption fee: $350
Other: Harley knows several basic commands and walks well on the leash. He does have a high prey drive though so attention needs to be paid to critters on walks (deer, squirrels, rabbits, etc.) as Harley will pull to try and chase. Harley would be a really good indoor guard dog. He alerts on a lot of things and his bark can be quite loud and intimidating. He would not be good for apartment or shared wall living situations. He needs to go to a stand-alone house and a physically fenced yard. He doesn't self-exercise so the yard doesn't have to be that big but he could not be trusted with underground or electric fences. An ideal home would have acreage that he could roam on in a rural setting.
Harley is a very loyal and loving dog and he is very people oriented, however the best home for him would be adults only and a calmer/quiet environment without a lot of changes or activity. Harley does best when there is not a lot of stress in the house. He can get overstimulated when there is too much activity or noise.