JACOB...  is a stunning-looking golden retriever x boy with very unusual colouring, as you can see.  It comes, in fact from the golden retriever bit of him because Goldies can carry  the gene for brindle; it’s just that in purebred goldies it is masked by other genes. In a cross, though, it can sometimes appear - but it’s quite rare, making Jabob pretty unusual. In fact, it’s almost impossible to go on any walk with him without someone approaching and asking what he is. (A dog.. a dog....) Our best guess is golden retriever x collie, but he shows very few collie traits.

Jacob landed in Dunboyne Pound last October (see pictures below left) and looked just so very lost that we offered to take him, even though he isn’t our quite our usual fare.

And he is as lovely in spirit as he is in looks (just look at that kind face.) - an active, very affectionate, biddable youngster who loves people and is well-behaved with children. He is about 18 months old - 2yrs old, housetrained, playful, good on a lead and - praise the lord - he has absolutely perfect recall.  Pin-sharp. Every time. Whatever the distraction. Honest!

Jacob was unsettled when he first arrived and  found it hard to share his first foster mum with her own dog. But since moving him to a foster home where there isn’t another dog and giving him some time to find his feet,  he’s relaxed and really blossomed into a fantastic, chilled companion who goes with the flow. He gets on just fine with other dogs (and indeed plays well with others in a local doggy day care); it’s just that he’d prefer to be an only dog at home. Ah, and no cats either... we think he shows too much interest. But other than that? Faultless. Really.

This boy is a real stunner so if you’re interested, please email info@blackretrieverx.co.uk asap.

There is an adoption fee of £150 + VAT (total £180) for Jacob, which includes the cost of his transport from Ireland, vaxing, flea-treating, microchipping and neutering.

Jacob is being fostered in Marlborough, Wilts.

(added 3/4/11)

Above: a very lost soul in Dunboyne Pound in Ireland last October