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Border Collie (long coat)  : :  Male (neutered)


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About Fergus

  • Status: Adopted!
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: D042620
  • General Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut with White
  • Current Size: 50 Pounds
  • Current Age: 3 Years 6 Months (best estimate)
  • Location: St. Louis MO 64000
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Fence Required: Yes
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Species
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

Fergus is a medium to low energy 3.5 year old border collie. He is quiet in the house and playful outside. He loves to run in the yard and play fetch with his human foster siblings (ages 6 and 9). After a busy day, he will curl up with them at night to listen to a book. While he does enjoy walks, he is mostly limited to yard exercise so his paw does not get injured walking on concrete for extended periods of time, for this reason a fenced in yard is a must! He enjoys hiking on dirt paths and does well at the dog park (he can really zoom around if he wants to!).

Fergus is great with children and other dogs (would do best in a home without cats or small pets like birds/rodents). He is crate trained but can be left out when his humans are not at home. He is house trained and knows basic obedience commands (sit, down, wait, recall). Loose leash walking is still a behavior in progress but he is doing wonderfully. If you have treats (he works for his regular kibble and is very food motivated) while taking him on a walk he will stay right by your side. He does posses an active prey drive and will hunt moles in the yard. He has brought me 3! He likes to look for squirrels up in the trees and will chase cats that run if given the chance.

After seeing the Orthopedic Specialist at MU it has been determined that he is doing fine with his paw/leg deformity and they feel with a proper diet, regular nail care, joint supplements, diligent weight management and exercise he will do well into his older years.

Fergus has had the paw deformity, also known as ectodactyly, since he was born. His front leg is shortened and the paw does not have all the toes or paw pad. His hips and spine also show slight abnormalities that affect his gait but the doctors who reviewed his case were not concerned with those areas. Fergus uses the leg more as a crutch than a fully functioning leg. We love to hear him galumphing around the house looking for attention from anyone who has the time. Because of the paw deformity he will do best in a home with a yard for exercising, lots of carpets, and limited stairs. He does best on softer surfaces but can manage on hard flooring pretty well.

Fergus is a wonderful dog. He loves everyone he meets and will easily fit in with most families who have a desire and willingness to take proper care of him.

Fergus is being fostered in the St. Louis, Mo area.

More about Fergus

Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Plays fetch, Likes to play with toys, Likes to be in your lap, Needs special care, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Even-tempered, Gentle, Goofy

Sponsors: Kelli J.

Special Needs: Fergus has ectodactyly on his left front leg. This causes his gait to be altered and has affected his back and hips. After seeing the Orthopedic Specialist at MU it has been determined that he is doing fine with his paw/leg deformity and they feel with a proper diet, regular nail care, joint supplements, diligent weight management and exercise he will do well into his older years.

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