Sex: Female
Breed: Border collie / Whippet mix
Age: 8 months
Size: Small breed (20 lbs)
Health: Spayed, healthy

Ideal Match: A patient family willing to train a puppy


Florence is an affectionate and high-energy pup. She is smart and treat motivated, and will pick up on commands quickly with the right guidance. It takes time to build trust with her, but she LOVES belly rubs and physical touch once she trusts you.

We highly recommend that she attend basic training to build more confidence (we recommend Pamela Chandler at Dog Sense Training). She is currently leash reactive due to feeling insecure. Training, training, training is what will set her up to be the best dog she can be. We think training will be key to her success in a new home.

Florence is one of four puppies that came to us from a shelter in Bakersfield. The puppies were timid and wary of new people when they first arrived with us. They have since gained more trust around people with patience and a consistent routine, but can still take some time to warm up and feel safe with strangers. The puppies were initially wary of leashes but are getting better. They have no leash manners yet, but are small enough that with a proper leash they are still easy to walk.

All four dogs are very sweet and fun puppies. Like all puppies, Florence will need training, boundaries, routine and consistency to thrive. We recommend a patient, low traffic home. Because Florence has a high energy level and because she is still working through some fear, we recommend a home with kids 12+ years old.