Luna is a 3 year old female Patterdale cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She was purchased from an online selling site several weeks ago by a family who were told that she was great with cats and other dogs. Unfortunately this does not appear to be the case and Luna is becoming very reactive towards the cat in the home, and so her family have made the hard decision to find her a home where she will be the only pet.
Poor Luna has been passed from pillar to post with very little consistency. At just 3 years old she is already on her third home, having originally lived with her breeder for 2 years. In general, Luna is good with children and did live with a 3 year old girl in her last home, however she can be excitable and for this reason we feel she would be best suited to living in a home with sensible children over the age of 10.
Luna can be territorial of the home and has shown reactive behaviour when strangers have visited, she will also bark at anyone who walks past the window and will attack the post when it comes through the door.
Luna is very reactive on the lead towards other dogs, even when they are far away. The only time she’s come close to another dog was through a fence, which did not go well. Her family think she was just never properly socialised and had never really been walked before, so they haven’t risked any proper introductions. The family were told that Luna did live with another dog in her original home but was rehomed because she kept getting attacked by the other dog, which might explain the reactivity. Luna has a very strong prey drive and does not like cats/small furries.
Luna is really loving and biddable, but like most terriers she can be highly strung and determined. Therefore she will need an experienced owner, ideally someone who has owned Terriers before. She does suffer from separation anxiety and will need a home with someone around for most/all of the day. She does not like being locked away in a separate room and will become distressed. She is crate trained to help with her anxiety and her current family have found that having the crate next to their bed helps her to settle at night.
Luna loves people when she knows them and she enjoys cuddling on the sofa. Luna’s favourite things are fluffy toys, walks and playing football. Luna knows very basic commands (sit and paw, her ‘stay’ command is getting better). She is in good health and very well behaved with the vets, she is also very tolerant of having her teeth brushed!
We feel that with the right, knowledgeable owner and some boundaries put in place, Luna will begin to thrive. She is an adorable little girl who will make a fantastic companion in the right home.