Spotlight on...Chiweenies

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Size: Small, 3-11 lbs.

Grooming needs: Minimal to Medium, Depends on coat

Exercise: Moderate

Environment: Indoor, Walks Outside

Temperament:  Bold, Playful, Stubborn

Life Expectancy:  12- 20 years

Interesting Fact:  One motivator for his hybrid mix was to reduce the risk of back problems that can be occur in Dachshunds. 

Appearance:  These little ones can have coats that range from short and smooth to medium, long or wiry. The coat may be solid or bi-colored. You’ll see a variety of colors in Chiweenies, including a solid black, chocolate, red or fawn or combinations such as black and tan, chocolate and red and fawn and tan. They’re built long and low to the ground, but not as elongated as a purebred Doxie. They can sport the prick ears of a Chihuahua or the drop ears of a Dachshund, and may have a Chihuahua’s domed head or a more pointed snout like a Chihuahua or pointed snout like a Dachshund. 

Personality:  Temperament is partially inherited for all dogs, so if you’re adopting a puppy from the shelter, try to meet the mom! Chiweenies are happy with their people and a true lap dog in size and preference. They like to cuddle and are affectionate and devoted. This can go a little too far and they can be jealous when their person interacts with other people or pets, although many prove to be easy-going and sociable. This breed tends to be bold and take charge. Although small, they still make good guard dogs as they will bark at disturbances. 

Common Health Problems:  Chiweenies can be prone to hypoglycemia. Dental disease can also be a concern, particularly in the dogs whose heads and faces more resemble a Chihuahua. And while they’re bred to have fewer back problems than Doxies, some Chiweenies can develop degenerative disc disease. To manage this risk, try to keep them from jumping. They can run and play to their hearts’ content, but it’s wise to add some safety to their routine, especially around obstacles like stairs and beds.



Best Match:  As both breeds are prone to barking, Chiweenies can be more vocal than is practical for apartment living.  Because of their tendency to develop strong bonds with just one or two people, they’re not the first choice for larger families, and they should always be supervised around small children. Their best match is an adopter who will enjoy taking them for about an hour of daily activity such as hiking, swimming or just a walk or jog. Activity can help manage weight, and being overweight can increase the risk of back problems or other health issues. The Chiweenie can make excellent travel companions as they are small in size and love to be with their people. 

Featured Adoptable:  Snickers is an active, sassy Chiweenie with a big personality! She is a 2 year old young lady who loves cats, dogs and kids over 10 years old. She also enjoys car rides, cuddling, and playing. She wants to play with toys and play tag with other dogs. She’s at a rescue in Aloha, Oregon, and is looking forward to joining a pack soon! Visit or contact (503) 459-7186. 


Megan Noes lives in New York City, with her husband, Jacob, Frenchie Bulldog, Nono, and a revolving door of foster kittens. She works for a major animal welfare organization and loves her former home in the Pacific Northwest.

Spotlight on...the Dalmatian

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Grooming needs:  Easy to Groom, Frequent Shedder

Exercise:  High Energy

Environment:  Indoors with Guardians, Outdoors

Temperament:  Active, Sociable

Life Expectancy:  10-13 years 

Interesting Fact: Fire wagons were originally horse drawn, and Dalmatians cleared the path for the horses to travel. The Dalmatians then calmed the horses during the firefighting commotion.  Even today, Dalmatians are often great companions to horses and sometimes seen in firehouses.

Appearance: The Dalmatian has a very distinctive look.  No two Dalmatians have the same spot patterns. Their short, dense coat is white, with liver or black spots. Their eyes have matching black or brown eyeliner, and their noses are black or brown. They have soft fur with a velvety head and ears. The body’s length from chest to hind end matches the height of this medium-sized dog. The Dal (the breed’s nickname) is athletic and sleek, but solid.

Dalmatian puppies are born white and develop their spots at around two weeks.

Personality: A well socialized Dal is dignified but outgoing. Their speed, endurance, and athleticism make them a favorite in the show, agility, and obedience rings. They may appear standoffish with new people, but love their family. Owners report they are clownish and keep the family laughing. Dals are reported to be sensitive and affectionate, with a good memory. This intelligent dog enjoys daily mental and physical play and exercise. 

Common Health Problems: Urinary tract issues such as stones are sometimes seen. About 33 percent of Dalmatians are either deaf or hear out of only one ear.

Best Match: A joke about the breed is that they shed at two different times: day and night. Daily brushing can help minimize shedding, and bathing is easy.

Dals make great jogging partners, and want at least 40 minutes of exercise daily. They want their people involved in their play. Like many breeds, if confined too much, especially without companionship of people, the Dal can display destructive behaviors and barking. A person who is inactive or away from home many hours a day is not a good match.


Featured Adoptable: Sadie is a 4-year-old Dalmatian/American Bulldog mix. She is a silly girl who loves to be with her people. Sweet and loving, Sadie just wants to cuddle. She doesn't need a lot of exercise, but could probably be motivated to go, just to be with you. 

Sadie does great in the car and is good on leash. She is equally good at hiking and laying around the house. While she hasn’t met an adult she doesn't like, she is uncertain about small children. She is crate trained, so she will not get into mischief when you’re not home. 

Sadie weighs 55 pounds. She is spayed, and current on vaccinations. She is currently in Gold Bar, Washington. Her adoption fee is $100. To learn more or to meet Sadie, please complete an adoption inquiry form at


Megan Mahan lives in New York City with her fiance Jacob, Frenchie Bulldog Nono, and the occasional foster dog or litter of foster kittens! She works for a major animal welfare organization and loves her former home in the Pacific Northwest.

Spotlight on...American Bulldog

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Size:  Medium – Large (60-120 lbs)

Grooming needs:  Low — Moderate Shedder

Exercise:  Moderate/High

Environment:  Indoor with Outdoor Access

Temperament:  Affectionate, Alert

Life Expectancy:  10-15 years

Interesting fact:  This athletic breed is capable of jumping more than 3 vertical feet. The American Bulldog was bred to be a “catch dog,” meaning to chase, catch and bring down livestock.

Appearance:  The American Bulldog is stocky and muscular with a large head.  They are 20-28 inches tall at the withers (ridge between shoulder bones). There are two type of American Bulldogs, Standard and Classic, and mixes within those types.  Each type can vary in appearance, such as the length of legs or muzzle, but both types are taller than their cousin, the English Bulldog. They have a short, smooth coat, which is often white with patches of brindle, red or black.  

Personality:  American Bulldogs tend to bond closely with their families and are known to be emotional and attention seeking.  They are confident and sociable and enjoy an active lifestyle.  This breed was created as a working farm dog that would drive and catch hogs and cattle, as well as, guard the property.  Early socialization toward other pets and children, or awareness of individual propensities, is very important.  The American Bulldog can make a great pet when provided with regular physical and mental exercise.  Agility, nose work, or running can help meet the needs of this athletic pup.  Along variations in appearance, different types can have different exercise needs.

Common Health Problems: This is a generally healthy breed, but may see a group of nervous system disorders called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, ACL tears, hip dysplasia or cherry eye are also seen.

Best Match: The best pet parent for an American Bulldog wants to spend a lot of time with their dog. This breed needs a guardian who can appreciate a drooler, as well as a large pup who considers himself a lap dog.  The American Bulldog tends to love his people and be aloof with strangers.  His ideal family will happily provide plenty of affection and exercise.

Featured Adoptable:  “Money has been with us for quite a while,” says Maria Nagy of the Tillamook Animal Shelter. “It took him a bit to calm down, heal, and unwind from his former life.  He is a great dog today, having learned how to trust people again after a rough past.  He is a fun, active dog who loves to play.  He is unsure of other dogs so he'll do best as an only child.  He loves to play fetch and to play with water.  He is a strong, bouncy guy who loves to play with kids, so will need a family with older kids only.  Money deserves a second chance at a great future.  He is neutered, microchipped and current on vaccines.”

Contact Nagy at the Tillamook Animal Shelter 503-812-0105, or learn more at

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend Jacob, their adopted Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish and two miniature Silver Appleyard Ducks, Louie and Olive.

Spotlight on...The Dachshund

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Size:  Small

Grooming needs:  Varies depending on coat type

Exercise:  Requires regular walks & play

Environment:  Indoors with outdoor adventures

Temperament:  Lively, independent

Life Expectancy:  14-17 years

Interesting fact:  Long-bodied, short-legged dogs were depicted in murals in ancient Egyptian tombs, and fossils of dogs resembling Dachshunds have been excavated from the remains of ancient Roman residential sites in Germany.  These murals suggest the existence of Dachshund-like canines in ancient times.*

Appearance:  The Dachshund is a long, low-bodied dog created to crawl into a burrow to hunt badgers.  The name comes from the German word “Dachs,” meaning badger, and “Hund,” meaning dog. Their appearance has earned them the nickname “Weiner Dog.” 

Dachshunds comes in three sizes: miniature, “tweenie,” and standard.  The breed standard for miniature is:  1-11 lbs, 5-6” tall.  Standards run 11-32 lbs, 8-11” tall. Unofficially, “tweenie” varieties — between mini and standard in size are typically 11-16 lbs. As a pet, tweenies appeal to those who want a Doxie that’s not too heavy, and not too fragile. Coat length and type varies, and Dachshunds can be either smooth (short) coated, long- or wire-haired.  Some have bent forelegs like Basset Hounds, and their feet are typically large for their frames. They have a long muzzle and almond shaped eyes. 

Personality:  The Dachshund is among the most popular family pets.  The breed has a cheerful nature, yet is also known to often form a strong bond with one person and act aloof towards others.  This breed has a reputation for being stubborn and mischievous, and can be a challenge to train.  However, with a dedicated guardian they are wonderful companions with excellent temperaments.  Likely due to breeding practices, many breed aficionados note differences in personality between the long-, short- and wirehaired varieties. The suggestion is that smooth and long-haired dogs tend to be quieter and more sensitive than their wire-haired counterparts.

Common Health Problems:  Dachshunds need to be fed correctly to prevent them from becoming obese.  They are prone to intervertebral disk disease (and injury) and vision issues. 

Best Match:  A patient, possibly experienced dog owner is a good fit for a Dachshund. They can be chow hounds (read: beggars) and need someone who gives them plenty of attention.

Depending on the coat, grooming needs vary: for wire-haireds, the coat should be plucked twice weekly; long-haired Doxies should be brushed or combed daily. 

Featured Adoptable:  “Hi, I’m Rocky! I was found as a stray, wandering the streets alone, with no place to rest my head or family to call my own.  I’ll happily share with other dogs, cats, or respectful children age 5+.  And after a day of adventure and a little sparring, I won’t mind bedding down in my crate for a little R&R.  Just like the other Rocky, I’m kindhearted, loyal, and want to knock out loneliness with happiness in a forever family of my own!”

Rocky is 11 months old, 12 lbs, and in care of Family Dogs New Life Shelter, 903-771-5596 or

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend Jacob, their adopted Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish and two miniature Silver Appleyard Ducks, Louie and Olive.

Spotlight on...The Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog

Size:  Large, 75-120 lbs.

Grooming needs:  Heavy shedder; regular brushing required.

Exercise needs:  Medium energy.  

Environment:  Inside with family. Regular outdoor exercise. Climate controlled against high heat.

Temperament:  Calm, good natured.

Life Expectancy:  7 years.

Interesting Fact:  The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the four varieties of Swiss Mountain Dog. Out of the four, the “Berner” is the only breed with a long, silky coat. The BMD thrives in cold weather, and is a working dog. The breed worked in Switzerland as a watchful farm dog and farmer’s companion. Unlike some working dogs, they were not built for herding large range cattle or other livestock. They may have been used to pull carts.  

Appearance:  The Berner has a happy expression, expressive eyes and pendant ears. He is slightly longer than he is tall, and is a sturdy, well-built dog with a deep chest. The coat is long and silky with a bushy tail, and like the other Swiss breeds, they are tricolored: black, rust and white. They have a beautiful coat and striking appearance.

Personality:  This is an intelligent, strong, affectionate dog. Today Berners participate in a variety of activities such as obedience, carting, agility and therapy work. This versatile breed makes a great family dog as long as they are given adequate exercise. The Bernese Mountain Dog has a steady temperament and loves to be a part of the family/household. They tend to be calm and patient, and do well with other pets. Like other breeds, if not well socialized as puppies, they may be shy with strangers. This large breed may consider themselves lap dogs, and are very loving with their people. Due to their background, Berners are also watchful and alert.       

Best Match:  Couch potatoes need not apply: the Bernese Mountain Dog loves to romp in the snow, walk in the fields, and engage in daily physical activity. Double-coated, Berners tend to shed considerably, especially during spring and fall, and require frequent brushing. When the undercoat is shed, the long, outer guard coat keeps the dog cool. If you’re not a fan of dog hair in the home, this may not be a match for you. This versatile breed is a great fit for many types of pet parents, as long as they get the attention and exercise they need.

Featured Adoptable:: Hippie is a senior Bernese Mountain Dog / Hound mix who is blind. He is a sweet, friendly, easygoing boy as soon as he can identify you by scent and sound. He likes walks, and just needs a little help steering around things he might bump into. He’s a favorite at the shelter. To meet Hippie, contact Clatsop County Animal Control at 503-861-7387, 1315 SE 19th St in Warrenton, OR, or email

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend, Jacob, their adopted yellow Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish, and two miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, Louie and Olive. 

Spotlight on...American Pit Bull Terrier

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American Pit Bull Terrier

Size:  Medium to Large (30-85 lbs.)

Grooming needs:  Low

Exercise:  High Needs

Environment:  Indoor/Outdoor, Indoor with Outdoor Exercise

Temperament:  Enthusiastic, Friendly, Loyal

Life Expectancy:  12-14 years

Interesting Fact:  The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), often called Pit Bull or Pittie, is different from the American Staffordshire Terrier. The American Kennel Club does not recognize the breed, and the United Kennel Club was formed expressly to recognize and register APBTs. The breed originated with dog fanciers in England, Ireland and Scotland who crossed Bulldogs with Terriers to get a strong, athletic dog (Bulldog) that was driven like a terrier. The first APBT was registered in 1898.

According to, there are more American Pit Bull Terriers available for adoption than any other breed — currently about 5,435 dogs waiting for homes.

Appearance:  The APBT has a stocky, muscular, long body — typically only about 17-19 inches tall at the shoulder. They have a broad, flat head, wide jaw, and small to medium ears that are naturally semi-prick (erect with folded tips). They have a short coat that comes in many colors and a short, whip-like tail.

Personality:  Pit Bulls want to be with their people. They are alert and intelligent, with a herding instinct thanks to their Terrier ancestors. Their strong desire to please and playful temperament make them a fantastic dog to train. Training, socialization and exercise is key to a well-behaved dog. APBTs often enjoy agility, rally, obedience, and other organized dog sports. These fun-loving dogs are always up for playtime, and often like chewing on Kong-like toys.

Common Health Problems:  This healthy breed often lives longer than other dogs in its size group. Health issues, when they do occur, can include hip dysplasia and skin problems.

Best Match:  Pit Bulls are energetic and active. They tend to have a high prey drive, so prospective pet parents able to provide 40 minutes or more of daily walking are a good match. There is stigma against Pit Bulls, and even states in which owning them is outlawed, so owners should expect some questions and conversations around their pet’s temperament. Helping your dog become a “breed ambassador” can help eliminate the stigma.

Guardians say their Pitties are comedians who will perform their full repertoire of tricks to get a treat. And while not a small dog, don’t assume they are not lap dogs — many within this affectionate breed love to lay on their people and sibling pets! Many Pit Bull owners report such a strong bond with their smart, sweet dog that they’ve become breed loyalists.

Featured Adoptable:  Sway is a 7-year-old Pit Bull who is a real gentleman. He is completely housetrained, appropriate when left home alone (won’t chew your things), sleeps soundly through the night, and loves to ride as your co-pilot in the car. He also has a very high emotional intelligence. If someone is upset or mad, he's very sensitive to their moods. Sway is a cuddly couch buddy, but he also needs daily exercise and enjoys playing fetch or going for a jog. No cats, but may do well with a female dog housemate. Read more at or to discuss meeting Sway, please contact Angela at

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend, Jacob, their adopted yellow Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish, and two miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, Louie and Olive. 

Spotlight on...The Bengal Cat

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The Bengal Cat

Size:  Large, 8-15 lbs

Grooming needs:  Minimal

Exercise:  Moderate to High

Environment:  Indoors

Temperament:  Athletic, Smart & Affectionate

Life Expectancy:  12-15 years 

Interesting fact: Bengals come from breeding domestic cats with the small, wild Asian Leopard Cat (ALC).  When an ALC is bred to a domestic Bengal cat the kittens are called F-1, or filial generation 1.  A typical pet Bengal is F4 and beyond. 

Appearance: Large, lean and muscular, the Bengal has slightly longer back legs than front, giving it a wild look.  It also has a small head in proportion to the body.  The coat is soft like a pelt and has spotted or marbled coat patterns.  The markings on either side are not identical. Color names for the Bengal include Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marble Tabby, Seal Lynx Point, Seal Mink and Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby, Silver Spotted Tabby and Blue Spotted Tabby — phew, that’s a lot of colors, each of them gorgeous! 

Personality: Bengals are somewhat unique among domestic cats.  They often love to drink and play in running water, and will even join you in the shower.  They tend to be very vocal and have a loud meow that is hard to ignore.  Bengals are often clicker trainable and like hunting for their food (try a food dispensing toy!).  They often love playing fetch, climbing to high places, and getting outside for nature walks with a harness, leash and dedicated pet parent.  They are loyal companions who may bond strongly to one person. 

Best Match: A Bengal is not ideal not for a first time pet owner, but those who’ve had a Bengal often become breed enthusiasts.  The Bengal needs someone who is home enough to provide the mental and physical exercise they require.  If you’re looking for a mellow lap cat this is not your match.  On the other hand, if you want a very interactive, loving and entertaining relationship with your cat, Bengals fit the bill!  I loved having a Bengal foster cat, but sometimes her loud “maiow” was a bit much for me.  The kitty, Bagheera, could jump right on your shoulder from the floor and she indeed did love to check in on me in the shower. 

Featured Adoptable: “Her name is Golden Girl; we call her "Goldie."  She is an F1 Bengal, 7-8 years old, and is in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Goldie is very shy — it takes her a little time to get used to people.  She doesn't interact with other cats — she tolerates, sniffs, and from time to time hisses at them, but has never been aggressive.  Goldie does not do well with dogs.  She loves to eat canned food.  Goldie is bonded with her person, who she lets hold her in her arms and pet her.  Goldie purrs whenever her human mom touches her; she is very loving.  Goldie needs a new home because her people are in the military and are being sent to Hawaii, where Bengals are not allowed.  They are heartbroken to have to find a new home for her.”  To learn more about Goldie, contact California Bengal Cat Rescue through

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend, Jacob, their adopted yellow Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish, and two miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, Louie and Olive.