Our magnificent Maximus knocked our socks off when we first spotted him online in a New Jersey shelter. When our shelter liaison made us aware of his dire situation, we were thrilled to invite him to our Connecticut based rescue.  Three years old, this handsome fella is poised for a great new life adventure.

Maximus was surrendered by his owners, who were ill-prepared to manage a giant South African Mastiff, officially known as the  Boerbel.  This massive breed is rare in rescue, and has a reputation for being a gentle giant with loved ones, but a formidable opponent when his domain is challenged.  It's a mistake to underestimate the power and force of a dog bred to fend off lions and other wild creatures in the native South African Homeland!

Often we find that folks are bewitched by the large powerful breeds, but not prepared to handle the strength and power.  Maximus is a graceful, but powerful giant, and weighs in at 108 pounds. He is slightly underweight and could easily beef up to 120 with nutritious diet and exercise.  Maximus has an imposing, regal stance, and lithe elegance, that masks a sadness as he wonders what his fate holds. 

Maximus has the movie star good looks that will make giant breed lovers weak in the knees. He has a stunning muscular physique, brimming with confidence and power.  His  short coat is caramel-brown, and is easy to maintain. Maximus has a full black muzzle, with piercing honey-colored eyes that convey amazing depth and sensitivity.  This dog elicits a jaw dropping "Wow" reaction from everyone he meets.

Maximus is a medium energy dog, who prefers the leisurely stroll to the fast paced hike.  However, when motivated, he can pull like a freight train!  His primary Handler should be a person of some stature and strength, and be willing to continue the basic leash manners, and obedience training that we have started. Maximus could easily join the moderately active home of a single or couple, experienced with large dogs.  Dog owners who choose giant, powerful breeds have a heightened responsibility to teach their precious charges the rules of Canine Good Citizenship.  Maximus is a gentle boy, and could live peacefully with other gentle, well trained dogs, but he is not the best choice for homes with cats and toddlers.

Maximus has progressed nicely with basic obedience and CGC training. He has responded well to gentle leadership techniques, and to praise and treat based positive reinforcement techniques.  Maximus is an excellent, motivated student, who could go all the way to earn his CGC certificate. Ongoing obedience work is one of the best ways to channel a hard-wired work ethic, and this work had proven successful with Maximus.

Maximus has great house manners, and is housetrained and crate trained.  Adopters should be prepared to troubleshoot the occasional accident that might occur during his transition to a new routine.  Maximus is in excellent health and has been recently neutered.  He has been vaccinated for rabies and DA2PP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis,  parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus). He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis, and been treated for intestinal parasites. If you are interested in Maximus, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.