Small, lively & adorable

Australian Capital Territory Small Female Maltese x Shih Tzu Mix Dog

Esme is approximately 4months old and is a Maltese x Shih Tzu cross.  Although Esme very much looks like a small plush toy - in particular a teddy bear - Esme is definitely not a toy. 

Esme has been fostered with Kelpies and sometimes thinks that she is one - she is smart, alert and will need a family that can provide her with intellectual enrichment. She enjoys playing with toys and has ball drive, so could be a very good performance dog - height dog anyone?

Esme is crate trained, sleeps through the night in her crate or a dog bed and is doing well with her house training and has learned how to use a dog door. She is a sweet, calm and affectionate puppy who loves cuddles and attention. She walks well on a leash and also travels well in a car. She likes people and is very dog-friendly. She has not yet been tested around cats.

As may be expected from her breed mix, Esme has some separation issues and will need a family that will continue to build her confidence, train her and help her continue to be a good doggy citizen. Her family will need to be firm with her and not encourage her separation issues as she is generally quite happy to entertain herself once she is left.

Esme would love a doggy playmate, but would also be ok as a solo dog as long as she has plenty of human company. Esme is not suitable for a home with small or very young children.

For more photographs and videos of Esme, visit her blog:

Please submit expressions of interest here to be included on the list of applications under consideration for Esme. As Esme will also need to complete her vetwork (see below) and other adoption application processes prior to being adopted so we do not expect that she will be in a position to start her trial adoption until some time in January 2020 at the earliest.

As mentioned below, applications for 4lyfe puppies are on the basis of the best fit and Esme will be placed with the applicant best suited for her and not on the basis of the timing of an application.

Medical notes
Esme will be desexed prior to adoption.

Esme has a small hernia which will need to be fixed surgically during her desexing procedure.

Adoption details
Please direct all enquiries and adoption interest here once your completed form has been received and reviewed, the foster carer of the animal you are interested in will be in touch.

Applications for 4Lyfer's are based on best fit. 4Lyfe Rescue aim to place our fosters with the best suited applicant based on temperament, energy levels and any special requirements our foster may have. 4Lyfe Rescue will continue to foster an animal until it has found the perfect home.

4Lyfe Rescue will require a property inspection and meet and greet with the potential owner, residing family and resident pets before approving adoption. 

Full payment will be required once approved and before the animal is rehomed/ trialled with its potential new family.

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