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  • Gender: Male, Neutered
  • Age: 1 year 10 months (as of 12/15/2020)
  • Weight: 48lbs
  • Breed: Formosan Mountain Dog / Mix
  • Dogs: Good with dog
  • Cats: Good with cat
  • Kids: Good with kid
  • Housebroken: trained
  • Crate: Ok in kennel
  • Leash: Good on leash

This is Rufus (formerly Life) . He is a rescue dog from Taiwan. He was first adopted in early November. However, the plane ride traumatized him and the adopter did not have experience with rescue dogs who needed time to decompress. Unfortunately, they did not give him the space and time Rufus needed and he nipped (a warning, not a vicious bite) them a few times after asking for space and not given the space. He was really confused and he felt like he needed to defend myself in this brand new land. Now he am labeled as a dog that would bite, the rescue feels they need to send he back to Taiwan. But Rufus really really just need time, patience and some training. He is a quick learner and very cuddly. Rufus just need a chance.

Rufus is a sweet sweet boy. He is 1 year and 10 months old, neutered male Formosan (Taiwanese) Mix Breed dog. Rufus loves walks, outdoor activities, swimming, and exploring. He is and can be both calm and playful. Rufus likes to lay around and just chill inside the house with you. When he is outdoor, he is active and outgoing. He is a great dog for an active life style family. Rufus is friendly, loving and playful. He is currently 48 lbs, full grown. He is good with dogs and cats. 
Rufus is an affectionate, friendly, playful, active and energetic boy. He is reserve and cautious at first and would need time and space to get to know you. It is important that you are confident and assertive. Once he gains your trust, he is the best possible dog you could imagine – loyal, happy and obedient. Rufus is 100% housebroken, never chews on any furniture and is not destructive at all. He is GREAT inside the home. Rufus can be left alone at home and he will not get into anything. Rufus curls up on his dog beds in various rooms and enjoys following you around in the house to be in the room where you are. Rufus doesn’t goes on any furniture or beds. He LOVES laying on carpets/ rugs, stretching and rolling on the grass and curled up next to you. He does know sit, down, stay and wait commands.

Rufus loves loves loves walks. He does enjoy sunbathing and playing outside in an enclosed space. Rufus will be benefited with some training. He does pull hard sometimes when he goes on walks; especially in a new environment. He loves to sniff around. A family that likes hiking, camping, outdoor adventure and/or have backyard would be best for Rufus.
Rufus will need time to settle into a new environment, so it is best to take it slow with him and ‘let him come to you.’ After a few days, with treats/food, and being calm and ‘disinterested’ in him, he will trust you. Having an assertive, confident and strong leader is important for Rufus to feel secure. An experience dog owner is a must for Rufus.

Rufus does great in a pack (Doggie Daycare). Rufus is also good with cats. He is good with adults or older kids. Because Rufus jumps up a lot when he is excited, so he would not be good in a family with young children. 
Health: Rufus has all up-to-date vaccinations and physical exam. We have all of his medical records and vaccination records as well as blood tests. Rufus is microchipped and is 100% healthy.

Rufus is in Irvine, CA .If you are interested in Rufus, please feel free to email
Thank you for opening up your heart and your home to a rescued dog.

There are thousands of Formosan Mountain Dog (FMD) Mix currently residing in North America. Most of them are in the West Coast. You can find a few Facebook groups with current or past owners – there are great resources and support.

Here are some videos of Rufus: