Pumba is a rough and tumble girl with the face of a comedian. She is a Mastiff cross, born in October 2010. She arrived at Newtown SPCA in February at 4 months old. She spent some time with the puppies upstairs then moved down to the dog run at 5 months old.
The thing that stands out the most about Pumba is her strikingly, twisty face. No one is completely sure what happened to her before being surrendered to the shelter but the right side of her face is twisted up like she may have been in a bad accident.
Although she has a face only a mother could love she is a friendly and dynamic young dog who loves people and games! One of her best traits is that she is so quiet in her kennel, while other dogs may be barking she will only move from the comfy spot on her bed if someone walks up to her door and says hello!
Her training is coming along nicely. The first time I worked with her the first thing I noticed was that she tended to jump up (very common issue) and she had what we call a “hard mouth” that means when I offered her a treat she grabbed it as if I might take it away at the last second. As she has gained confidence and practiced a ‘gentle’ cue, her mouth has become much softer and she has learned the beginnings of a very solid ‘leave-it’ cue! She still occasionally tries to jump up for attention but quickly remembers that sitting is the way to all good things!
I would recommend Pumba to a moderate-active family, as she has lots of energy now, but will probably need less exercise than your average high energy puppy. My guess is that she will love to play and run a couple times a day but will happily curl up and be a couch potato as well!