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We dont know how Jif lost his home but he found himself on someone's front porch one day and was brought to the city shelter. He was never claimed.
Adoption Fee: $200
Breed: Pit Bull
Age: 1-3 yrs
Weight: 50-60 lbs
Color: Golden Red
Jif was successfully treated for heartworm disease in fall 2019. He is now healthy and ready for adoption.
Very good looking golden boy. Muscular and well proportioned. Jiffy has a big expressive head and intelligent eyes. He is medium size and very well built.
Jif is fostered in a home with a single mom and her 6 year old son. He is crated when home alone but sleeps free in the house with no problem.
There is a large fenced yard with a 6' privacy fence and its the ideal situation for Jif. He respects the fence and loves to run around for his daily zoomies.
A word from foster parent: "Jiffy boy is such a sweet pup. He is so loving and eager to please. He loves being outside or on the couch with his head in your lap. He LOVES going on outings and is a perfect gentleman in the car. We are working on basic training. Jif gets very excited seeing new people and tends to forget all manners. After a few minutes, he calms down and regroups. Jif's prey drive is a bit high - I have dogs on both sides of my fence. The dogs may run up and down the fence but it is non aggressive. That being said, he will run full speed after a squirrel or cat."
Very smart boy. Friendly and outgoing. Playful but not hyperactive. He's good in the house and doesn't have to be crated when home alone. He is alert and curious though, and barks if something catches his interest outside. While friendly with people, he should make a good watch dog and will alert his loved-ones if something suspicious is going on around the house.
A word from foster parent: "Jif is an all around great dog. He has a good balance of being playful, yet still loves lounging on the couch or his dog bed. He occasionally gets overly energetic, as he is just out of his puppy years, but is quick to respond if he needs to calm down. He loves to play and always has a cheerful personality that is very contagious. He is great on the leash as long as he is only around people. He is reactive to other dogs, which we are currently working on. At home he relaxes but is attentive to new noises. Overall he can be a little reactive and excitable to other dogs but as he continues to get used to the "good life" he has become more and more relaxed and content".
Behavior with people:
Personable and comfortable with everyone. Jif makes new friends easily and enjoys human company. Foster mom describes him as an all-around chill dog with a lot of happy energy. He just wants lovin' and loves his face and ears rubbed. He is treat-motivated and will do anything for a reward.
A word from foster parent: "Jif is excitable when it comes to meeting new people but its all positive energy. He is still young, just out of his puppy years. He has a big positive personality that he loves showing to new people. This is something we have been working on and he has been improving as far as staying calm around new people. He has been trained well not to jump, but is working on staying more calm and waiting for the person to greet him, not for him to greet the person. Overall, all of his interactions have been positive, he just gets excited to make new friends."
Behavior with children:
Jif is fostered in a home with a 6 year boy and is doing awesome with the little guy. Outside activities need to be monitored however, as occasional "buttruns" might take the best out of him. Otherwise, he is well behaved and very at ease around kids.
A word from foster parent: "HE LOVES KIDS!!!!! And he is surprisingly gentle with little ones. He has never jumped at a small child upon meeting. That said, when playing outside, he can get a bit rambunctious."
Behavior with other dogs:
While we were told Jif did well with female dogs in the past, he now gets easily over-stimulated by other dogs.
It's possible Jif could share a home with a compatible female provided the owners had a good understanding of the breed and proceeded with caution and strong supervision. Jif is fostered in a home as an only pet right now and this situation works great for him.
A word from foster parent: "He has never met a dog close up since I've been fostering him. Given his reaction to seeing dogs from a short distance at the park, I believe he would not react positively to another dog. I am working with him on being less reactive. It's a work in progress."
Behavior with other animals:
High prey drive. No cats please! He gets quickly stimulated buy small animals.
Jif is smart and has great house manners. Easy when at home but reactive on-leash and very strong. He requires firm handling when on walks or outings. He would do better as a "home-boy" rather than an explorer.
A word from foster parent: "He is very smart and eager to please. He knows all the basic commands (sit, wait, shake, come). He is very food motivated and I believe he could easily pick up new commands with some additional training. Once he figures out what you want from him, he will make it happen. He needs some redirection when he is acting foolish but quickly straighten up."
His cute face is hard to resist. He's also smart and very fun-loving. Foster parent describes him as a great dog with an awesome personality.
A word from foster parent: "I really love how happy he sees the world and how much he appreciates having a home and someone that takes care of him. His energetic and happy attitude about life in general is contagious. I love to smoosh his muzzle and kiss his wrinkly face."
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue makes no express or implied warranty, representation or promise to the age, health, breed, habits, disposition, behaviors, obedience, or safety of the dogs in our program. Our assessments are subjective and based on information we receive when selecting the dogs for our program, as well as observations and reports from our volunteers and caretakers. Adopters understand that no one can predict how a dog will react under all circumstances and situations.