Border Collie Mix
Age: 1 year
Adoption Fee: $125 (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
Finn was dumped at the Oakland shelter by his owner(s) when they moved out of state. They told the shelter that Finn would make a wonderful family pet. Little did they know that Finn struggled at the shelter, fearful of people he didn't know, and was put on the euthanasia list. When we did our evaluation of him, he was not approachable by us (he was fine with shelter staff). We almost passed on him, but something told us to give it a shot. As soon as he was on a leash and under the control of our director, he became a totally different dog, so we pulled him into foster care with one of our more experienced foster dads. Finn loves his foster family, gets along well with all of the other dogs, and is okay with cats. He has responded VERY quickly to socialization training. He is smart (as most border collies are).
He is cautious with, but interested in strangers. His fear aggression barking is much better. He is still uncomfortable around small children. He has some border collie quirks that his new owner(s) will need to be aware of (nipping people if they move too fast, for instance). He has been to the dog park a couple of times and he is TERRIFIC at the park - except for the small children thing.
We took Finn to a canine herding school and had him assessed for his herding instincts. After spending about 20 minutes with an instructor and a small herd of goats, he definitely is a herding breed. He would need to develop skills with training, to be effective at it.
Finn is very smart, very playful and has lots of energy. New owners should have a large backyard and an energetic canine playmate for Finn to play with. Herding or agility training will help with his concentration. No young kids. Potential adopters of large dogs must own their own home - no renters or "living with parents."
For more information about Finn, contact
510-459-0396 (cell / text)
Finnigan at the shelter
Here is Finn enjoying his play time with the shelter staff.
Finn's Herding Assessment