Beamer is a 3-year-old male Kokoni-cross. He is small to medium-sized, weighing around 14kg, vaccinated and in perfect health. He is very handsome with a beautiful smile and wonderful coat and tail, which stays in good condition without requiring grooming.
He is a very intelligent dog, highly alert and quick to learn new things. He is extremely playful - he likes wrestling, playing fetch and especially loves more challenging things such as scent trails or food-dispensing toys (home-made ones are fine!). He has never shown separation anxiety and when left unattended he will settle happily on a sofa to sleep, or on a windowsill to keep an eye on things outside.
Beamer has been eating dry food as his main diet since his adoption, but enjoys a wide range of food, especially vegetables. He is a very good eater, not fussy at all. He is motivated by treats, which is useful for training, but he doesn’t beg during meals or food preparation.
During Beamer’s current adoption, he was homed with a larger dog who behaved aggressively towards him on a few occasions, with the result that they eventually had to be kept permanently separate within the same house. He has coped with this remarkably well, which is testimony to his resilience. It was a shame to have to separate them, as Beamer loved playing with the other dog, but it was for his own safety.
We think Beamer would benefit from being homed with another dog, because he is naturally so playful and energetic, he would get a lot out of companionship with a friendly dog of a similar size. He cannot be homed with cats – he is very scared of them. He should not be homed with small animals as Kokonis are known to have a strong prey drive. Beamer has never hurt another animal, but does chase squirrels, rabbits and birds.
Beamer enjoys his daily walks, he walks on a 5m extending lead which gives him lots of opportunity for sniffing and exploring, which he loves.
Beamer has some resource guarding tendencies. When first adopted, he would bury treats in the garden, although he stopped doing this after a few days once he settled in. His resource guarding tendencies have not caused his current adopters any problems because they have adapted by only giving him high-value toys, bones etc in the garden so he never feels ‘cornered’ in the house with something he feels he has to defend. If he picks up something he shouldn’t, his adopters don’t attempt to take it from him, but exchange it for a treat. They do not play tug-of-war games. Inside the house, he enjoys things such as home-made treat dispensers which lose their value once the treats are gone so he doesn’t need to defend them. The fact that he now plays fetch and responds to ‘drop’ when bringing back a toy or ball shows what good progress he has made over the past year. We think he will continue to make progress, but adopters should always show a degree of caution about this. Beamer is also very territorial and protective of the home and garden (Kokonis are renowned as good watchdogs). He barks furiously when someone approaches the house, e.g. the postman, although he will greet the same person calmly when meeting them on the driveway or in the street. His adopters have been trying to train him and he will stop barking at the window in response to commands, but then he will immediately start barking again until the ‘threat’ has gone. Great care would have to be taken if using a dog walker, to ensure that Beamer accepts the person and doesn’t defend his territory against them.
Beamer is an affectionate dog, who gives a lovely enthusiastic greeting and likes a fuss and cuddles, but he sometimes gives a warning growl or snap if outside his comfort zone. These examples of fear aggression have occurred in situations such as having his harness removed, bring brushed or being dried with a towel after a rainy walk. He sometimes also shows this behaviour in the evening if he is woken up suddenly. On one occasion about 6 weeks after adoption, Beamer bit one of his current adopters while having his harness removed. This could have been due to the extra stress of being in a confined space, namely the back seat of the car. There have been no further incidents because his current adopters have been very careful about handling him to ensure he is not pushed beyond his comfort zone. If he growls or snaps, they back off and give him space so he doesn’t feel pushed to bite. However, they may have been too cautious and Beamer would benefit from an owner with some experience of dealing with fear-aggression who can help build his confidence about being handled.
In summary, Beamer is a young, intelligent and playful dog who will really thrive in the right environment. He would benefit from an owner who has the confidence and experience to help him overcome his fear in certain situations, and he would thrive in the company of another friendly dog. He has already shown amazing progress, despite a very difficult start in life. An activity such as agility training would help to develop his confidence, and he has the physical and mental capacity to excel at this. Kokonis are known to be a healthy breed with a long lifespan, so he could build a long and happy relationship with the right family
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