Big Bear

Sex:  Male
Breed:  Armenian Gampr
Age:  2 Yers
We are happy to introduce Bear who is a very lovable giant and has wound his way into the hearts of his foster parents. Bear is an approximately 3-year-old Anatolian Shepard/Armenian Gampr mix who found his way into a shelter in the Kern County area. He is approximately 130 pounds, but needs to put on some weight and likely will be closer to 140 pounds when filled out. Bear is currently living with 3 dogs and has experienced 2 other fosters while staying in his foster home. He gets along well with everyone and has been very social. He actually wants to play with the dogs, but due to his size the other dogs are intimidated and don’t reciprocate. He likes playing with the humans as well: he will butt tuck around the yard, chase a ball and just have a solid good time. He has been great with all the people who have come over to the house -though he needs to warm up on his own terms and time. Bear is neutered, up to date on all shots, has a microchip, has been dewormed and is flea/tick free. He had a vet visit and was found to be healthy. He did very well with the veterinarian and all the people he met on his outing that day. We also got an oil change and car wash during this outing and he did very well sitting in the lobbies meeting people or just being respectful and leaving people alone. It is very clear that he is not used to “urban” experiences, but handled everything with stride. We highly recommend that you read up on the Armenian Gampr to understand their personality traits -he is VERY true to form. Bear is suspicious of all strangers at first, but he is not aggressive. He is clearly not comfortable with some people, but is never a threat. During his five hour social outing, he did very well and people loved seeing him and learning about his breed – but he is definitely not a Lab with expressive tail wagging and you need to respect and accept the Gampr traits as they are not going to be trained out of him – they are part of his DNA. Bear is kennel trained and x-pen trained (sleeps there at night). He is actually a very good with all confinement. He is content to stay behind a 5 foot chain link fence even though he can stand up and look over it quite easily. He has not been a chewer or gotten into anything. He likes long walks and will need these daily. He likes to hang around with people while they are working around the house and is a great garage dog – he is not afraid of loud sounds like motorcycles. He does have guardian instints which are normal for his breed which means he will bark at noisy neighbors and does not care for “fence-fighting dogs.” Based on this, we recommend a home that has block walls or property that does not butt up to other neighbors. It is likely he will get used to some “noisy urban sounds,” but he is clearly better off being a bit more removed from a “city” life. Bear appears housebroken with no accidents in his foster home or on outings. He is great in the car – very calm. He is good on leash meeting dogs and people – he is respectful when passing other dogs and will obey your commands to ignore them. He has been great with our two cats – very easy going around them and they are comfortable with him. He has no food aggression with humans and lets you take bones and food away easily. He is a very large dog at 130 pounds (no fat) – sometimes he will swing a paw when he is excited and it can be a bit overwhelming – for that reason, we will not place Bear with kids under the age of 15, seniors that could be knocked down easily or novice dog owners. Bear is eating approximately 8 cups of food a day – a family would need to ensure they are giving him enough food as he is underweight at this point due to his former owners not feeding him enough. Bear was awesome for his bath, was great at letting his foster parent clip his nails with no restraint, cleaning his ears and overall being handled in every way. Bear has been a very special dog with his family who is highly facial expressive and very comical. Anyone considering adopting Bear needs to ensure they fully understand the Armenian Gampr breed and it fits appropriately into their lifestyle.
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