Adoption in Progress


Name: Arctic
ID # RT20240112-1
Estimated Age: 2 years
Sex: Male (His neuter surgery will be covered by BARCs at one of BARCs’ veterinary partners)
Estimated Breed: Pointer/Boxer Mix
Weight: 74 lbs.
Good with Dogs: Selective, with slow and proper introductions
Good with Cats: Unknown
Good with Children: Unknown
Special/Medical Needs:
Estimated Energy Level: Unknown
Current Location: Calgary, AB.
Adoption Fee: $650

Arctic has gained a ton of confidence since first arriving. He's gone from being terrified of pretty much everything to being a very calm, stoic boy in most scenarios. Every now and then we find something new he's ever seen before, but with a little reassurance he gets used to new stuff really fast and easy.

His obedience is really coming along nicely. He is eager to please once he bonds with his handler, and he is very food motivated, making training a piece of cake. He can be stubborn at times, so an experienced owner or someone with a strong personality will probably fare best with him, but once he understands things, he's happy to follow along! He's also fantastic in the crate, and what I would consider mid-low energy. A couple walks and some training sessions are more than enough to have him snoozing the rest of the day.

Arctic is what I consider "dog selective". He can be very social, him and my 4-year-old female Husky are practically best friends at this point. He is also a no-nonsense kind of guy, so if he is made to interact with a pushy dog lacking manners, he does not enjoy it and he has the confidence to correct it. Personally, that's how I like my dogs and think it's very natural for strong young males, but someone looking for a dog park dog will not find that with Arctic. He is happy to be with his person everywhere they go, and co-exist and play with dogs that have good manners and can be introduced properly. He is incredibly dog neutral in public as well. I have had multiple encounters in tight quarters with really reactive dogs and Arctic is happy to look to me for direction and just keep it moving.

Arctic is going to make a fantastic dog for the right person. As far as genetics and nerves go, he's one of the best in my kennels full of pet dogs right now. But he will need someone who buys into the methods we teach here for dogs of his confidence and temperament. He needs a handler he can trust to not put him into situations he does not enjoy and someone who isn't afraid to lay down the law with him, when necessary, as he can be quite strong willed with that large frame of his. He'll thrive in a home with other dogs or none, but if there is another young pushy male in the house, that owner better really know what they are doing or there will be problems. I have one of those myself in a 2-year-old Male Rottweiler, but I know how to set those boundaries and expectations.

Adoption costs: $650.00