Our Muffin is an impossibly cute, cuddly little girl, with a big, bold personality that may not be everybody's cup of tea.. At the age of two, she was found roaming the streets in Brooklyn, New York, and was scooped up by Animal Control Officers, and deposited in NYC ACC. Muffin wasn't pleased with her accommodations, and did not respond well to her new surroundings.

After two weeks, no bereaved owner came to claim Muffin, and her stray hold expired. By that time, her behavior had deteriorated to the point where shelter workers felt they were not seeing her best self. Muffin was transferred to us, so that she could unwind in a friendlier environment, and we could better evaluate her true nature before adoption. We were delighted to snatch up this beauty, so that we could find her a forever home.

It's a shocker that Muffin should wind up homeless and alone at her young age. She appears to be a Lhasa Apso, although she was in such gnarly, matted condition when she arrived, we weren't sure at first! After her first grooming, we were able to see her true beauty. Muffin is a total love, and didn't even need a muzzle during her grooming session. She tolerates alot of touch, and responds with great affection.

Muffin is quite likely a double dose of two formidable guard dog breeds, developed eons ago by Chinese Royalty, in the image of "Little Lions" to guard the Royal chambers. It's no wonder that these mighty little dogs have bold personalities, and a tendency take a mile, when given an inch. Muffin takes her guarding duties quite seriously, and is not a good candidate for a family with kids and a lot of visitors. She treats strangers entering the home with a lot of bluster and requires adopters who can provide leadership, and make firm corrections. She is definitely not a dog content to sit quietly on Grandma's lap.

Muffin, on arrival

At 8 pounds, Muffin is a tiny dog, and just slightly underweight. She could easily gain a pound or two through healthy nutrition and omega fats to reach an ideal weight of about 10 pounds. Muffin has the characteristic Shih Tzu / Lhasa Apso petite physique, and large, prominent head. Her long, thick coat is soft to the touch, and will require professional grooming a few times a year to keep its shape. She is two-toned, caramel-honey colored, with black muzzle markings.


Muffin would be a great choice for an active single or couple who enjoy an medium energy small companion dog. She would be an enthusiastic companion on walks or hikes, and she loves to travel, and be part of the action, although, she will need a strong hand to remind her of her manners. The key to Muffin is adequate exercise and mental stimulation to keep her from wallowing in the boredom and frustration that leads to behavior problems.

Muffin meets the groomer's pig

Muffin is a social girl, and could easily join a home with other well trained, energetic dogs. We have not exposed her to cats, but she may well chase them beyond their comfort level. She has begun to grasp the basics of leadership and obedience work, and has passed a few of the Canine Good Citizen tests. Muffin has the potential to excel in this program.

Muffin is in excellent health, and has been spayed. She has been vaccinated for rabies and DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus). She has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Muffin, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text 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.