Jasper is a 6 year old, ~50 lbs pit-mix. He has white and brown fur, cow spots on his nose and tummy, and a huge heart.
The most important thing to know about Jasper is that he is incredibly snuggly. This dog wants to be on you or pressed up against you as much as possible. If you let him, he will happily spend all day napping on you! Jasper has asked that we mention he would prefer a home that lets him sleep in bed with his people.
Jasper is athletic and loves exploring the world. He has spent most of his life in San Francisco, and is used to the hustle and bustle of an urban area. Jasper can sometimes pull the leash, but for the most part he is relaxed and happy on walks. Because Jasper is a strong dog, he will need to be walked by someone who can match his strength.
Jasper loves to play tug-of-war, and politely offers you the toy if you lose your grip. He is a great communicator, and knows how to ask to be let outside, or remind you when it is time for his dinner.
Jasper is exceptionally well behaved in the house. He has spent 3 weeks with his foster family and in that time has not once gotten into trouble, nor had an accident.
While Jasper is snuggly, he sometimes needs his space – especially around his face. It is very important that Jasper is in a home where everyone is dog-savvy enough and old enough to read his signals and respect those needs.
Jasper should not be in a home with children because he can play pretty rough-and-tumble, and children may not recognize his boundaries.
Jasper needs to be in a home with people who have experience working with strong-willed larger breeds. He should not be in a home with children. Jasper would do well in a home with one or more adults (and possibly dog-savvy teens). While he previously was part of a one human pack, he has readily bonded with both of his foster parents and would be very happy to be adopted by a multi-adult household.
Jasper’s instincts are to be protective of his home and he can get worked up when visitors arrive at the door. But, an owner with training experience can teach him how to be less easily excitable.
Jasper would be thrilled to be the sole object of affection in a home, but he seems to do okay with smaller dogs thus far, so may be able to have a doggy sibling.
Jasper does have separation anxiety, which is common with dogs who have recently lost their person (Jasper’s previous owner passed away earlier this year). It will take time and training before he can be left alone for extended periods of time. Because of this we recommend he lives with someone who is able to work from home for the next few months, and in a place where barking when he is left alone won’t cause problems.
If you think you are ready to let this sweet snuggly guy into your life, fill out an application and Jasper will be in touch! (KF)