Guapo is a big handsome bull and a main character in the Disney movie; Ferdinand. In Spanish the word "Guapo" means, "good-looking fellow"
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Hard to believe such dreamboat was dumped and never claimed, but that it sadly what happened to Mr. Guapo. The dog is so handsome, we had to give him a name that would do justice to his remarkable beauty.
Adoption Fee: $ 200
Age: 5-8 yrs
Weight: 60-70 lbs
Guapo has quickly recovered from neglect and is looking like a million bucks now. His coat was dull upon intake but looking better everyday. He had a successful eye surgery to repair entropion and his vision is now bright and healthy. He is experiencing mild arthritis that might be exacerbated by exercise, and/or bad weather. He will likely be a candidate for some pain management as he gets older.
Guapo recently received treatment for an ear infection and has since been put on Apoquel once daily. He takes his Apoquel very easily with a treat or pill pocket. He might possibly be a little hard of hearing because he takes a while to respond unless we also address him with motion in his line of sight.
Guapo could have been a show dog! He's pretty much perfectly conformed to the AST breed standard. In addition, he has a striking tri-colored coat and a gorgeous head. This dog sure is a show-stopper!
Current Living Situation:
After spending several months at the city pound, Guapo finally arrived in our program. He spent a few weeks at MPR shelter, being a wonderful guest. We watched him go from a rejected lonely dog, to a happy-go-lucky Don Juan. The dog is no trouble at all and very well behaved. While at the shelter he did great in his kennel, was non-reactive toward the dogs next to him and kept his space clean and neat.
Guapo was recently transferred to a foster home with two young women and no other pets. See the update note below.
Foster mom's update: "Guapo is an absolute angel in my apartment. He is pretty low energy and spends most of his time snoozing in one of his cozy spots - kennel, dog bed, couch, or just a good pile of blankets. My roommate works from home so she's able to keep an eye on him throughout the day and confirms his affinity for naps. He does get excited to go outside to potty or for short walks, but he is never rambunctious.
While out, if we encounter another dog, he is aware but has not attempted to engage with any of them. He does seem to have a bit of a prey drive, however, and is particularly interested in all bunnies that we come across. Though he is a stout boy, he is easy to control and be re-directed.
Guapo has been completely silent in our apartment and on walks. He does not whine or bark at all.
I think Guapo could be suited for pretty much any living situation other than one that has a ton of stairs because he does have some stiffness in his hind legs. Since his energy level is low, I think he would be okay without having access to a fenced yard an since he is so quiet I think he's a great candidate to live in an apartment."
As if being drop-dead gorgeous wasn't enough, Guapo's beauty radiates from the inside out. He is a real gem and possesses all the best characteristics of the breed. Guapo is loving but not pushy, confident but not defiant. He is laid-back, eager-to-please, and very easy-going. He charms everyone he meets with his good looks and charismatic personality.
Foster mom's update: "Guapo is extremely sweet and loves to get attention, but he is not demanding of it. I think he would be great for someone who wants a companion who is low maintenance."
Behavior with people:
A real gentleman with people. Everyone is under his spell. Guapo has the perfect temperament to become a great breed ambassador. He is very well mannered, affectionate, and docile.
Foster mom's update: "Guapo is great when meeting new people and warms up quickly to everyone! He does not seem to have a preference for men/women and all have been charmed by him."
Behavior with children:
Unknown. He seems to love everyone he meets and doesn't strike us as the type of dog who could have an issue with children. Because he is no spring-chicken however, we prefer a home with older children who are calm and respectful.
Behavior with other dogs:
While Guapo has an all around chill personality, we were told he wasn't comfortable around other dogs during intros at the city shelter. We can see why. He has quite a bit of scars that indicate potential bad experiences with other dogs in the past. This is the reason we welcomed him in the program. Other rescue groups often reject dogs that need to be an only pet, but MPR knows there are homes for them too. Guapo is so easy to handle. He won't go out of his way to start trouble, but he is definitely not a candidate for dog-parks or other areas where dogs run loose.
A home as an only pet is our preference for this Casanova simply because we don't want to stress him out at his age by having to develop a relationship with other pets. Plus, we suspect he experienced dog-to-dog conflicts in the past.
Foster mom's update: "Our only experience with Guapo and other dogs has been when he's outside going potty or on walks and we keep our distance. However, he does not pull or try to get at them at all."
Behavior with other animals:
His prey drive appears to be mid-range. He is particularly interested in bunnies and will point at them and tug a bit at his leash, but he doesn't pull and is not hard to re-direct.
Though he is naturally well-behaved, we don't know the extent of his training. We suspect that Guapo might have had several homes in his life; some good and some bad. He seems to have great house manners, is polite and well behaved. Puppyhood is long-gone and Guapo just wants to enjoy his senior years safely and peacefully. We don't expect it will take long for this handsome fella to find his forever home.
Even if you can’t adopt this sweetheart, you can still help by donating for their care.