Meet Loa! Loa is a happy, playful 1.5 year old Jindo/Shepherd mix with puppy energy! She loves all dogs and thinks they should all play with her. However, if they put their foot down she will settle down and back away. She is very smart and already knows, “sit”, “lay down” and “paw”. She still pulls some on the leash but is comfortable in a crate or exercise pen. With more training, she will bond and learn to trust her new owner. Loa would make an EXCELLENT running buddy and hiking companion. She is confident outside on walks but will stick pretty close to her people.
The AKC website states the breed standard of a German Shepherd comes with an “aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate or indiscriminate friendships”, and that definitely describes Loa, but once you have earned her trust she has the potential to become a ride or die kind of dog for her family. Her trust begins when she chooses to take treats from your hand. The next phase is she will lie down at your feet when sitting on a couch or chair. Eventually, Loa will initiate play by bringing a toy to you and finally, she will come to you for pets.
Loa would love to go to a home with another dog but can figure things out on her own. She will definitely need a yard to run around in to burn off extra energy. She would be best in a home with older children as they will need to understand how to give her space until she accepts them all as her people. She does show more interest in men than women but will bond with whoever is willing to follow her timetable of trust-building.