Coco is a 24 lb neutered male in good health and is microchipped and up-to-date on his shots. He has sandy-coloured wiry hair that mostly grows on his head, paws, and tail. Coco is a miniature Xolo (aka mexican hairless) which is a companion breed. This type of dog is easy to bathe, low shed, and allergy-friendly. 

Coco was born in Mexico on Nov. 1st 2021 and was brought to Canada as 1 of 3 rescues 6 months later. The trauma he experienced early on has left him fearful and mistrusting of some adults, particularly masculine presenting people, children or people with ‘big hair’ or wide brimmed hats.    

His reactivity is mostly predictable and will require patience and a gentle-firm hand. He shows a lot of promise in terms of learning and has overcome so much already. This is without the full attention he needs as he is currently living with a litter-mate in a household that, due to changes, can no longer care for two. Both puppies are starting to ‘bully’ each other a bit, so splitting them will allow both to grow.

Coco has also recently bit someone who entered the property unannounced. Coco has been cooperative in wearing a muzzle and doesn’t seem to realize what he has done. He was definitely reacting defensively in a situation that could have been controlled much better by the humans involved. 

Coco would be most comfortable as the only dog or paired with an easygoing, confident dog friend. He would do best in a calm home environment that is pretty predictable. His doting companion would have had prior dog experience and is at least moderately active and can be with Coco 80% of the day. He is okay with cats under supervision. But probably best to go to a home with no cats to be safe.

Coco will make his world about you, so be prepared to give the same. 

Areas of Note

– Needs daily chewing exercise – ultra-tough toys required as he is a strong chewer

– DO NOT GIVE bully sticks or rawhide or the like as he will swallow them whole after minimal chewing

– Does best with at least two times of exercise (30-45 minutes) per day

– Wants a bit of interactive play over the day, but he is around a moderate energy level

– Easy bathing

– Will hunt mice, rats, and other small animals 

– He is a fast learner and is eager to please, particularly if food is involved

– Coco appears concerned sometimes when putting his collar on, as if he has had some rough experiences with things around his neck.

Areas Needing Improvement

– Barking when alone – Coco will settle eventually, but ultimately would prefer not being left behind.

– Will dig holes in yards, rather quickly

– Walking by people and other dogs on a leash is not easy for Coco and he will make snarly noises and struggle to get closer. This did improve with training, but I largely avoid the situation by crossing the street preemptively.

** This is a courtesy post we have never met Coco but are assisting in finding him a good home. if Interested please fill out an application form.

Published by Broken Promises Rescue

Broken Promises Rescue is a volunteer run, not-for-profit, animal rescue organization located in the lower Vancouver Island. We are a group of long time rescuers that have come together to focus on improving the lives of unwanted, neglected and orphaned animals on Vancouver Island (as well as remote communities and other areas of B.C. if our resources allow us to.) Currently we are seeing many pets overlooked in the shelter system because they have less than desirable qualities. They may have medical or behavioral issues or they may simply be the wrong color, age or breed. At Broken Promise Rescue we believe all animals deserve to experience a life without pain, loneliness or hunger and want them to know what it feels like to be loved and cherished, despite appearance, age or medical condition. We are also dedicated to public education and raising awareness to help end the ongoing abuse, neglect and suffering. Educating children and adults about the responsibilities of animal ownership will go a long way in influencing public opinion on proper animal care, and help mold a more compassionate future. No animal should suffer at the hands of ignorance.

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