Sex: Male

Breed: Rottweiler x

Age: 3 years

Bison is a three year old Rottweiler cross breed. He is ready for adoption but has specific needs in an adoptive family. He has several behavioral issues we’ve been working through with our trainers and a potential adoptive family will need to continue to enforce those boundaries we’ve set with him and be a strong pack leader.

Bison is a magical creature who we think is part Rottie, Newfoundland and maybe a little fuzzy buffalo lol. He came to us when he was picked up as a stray by Bakersfield Animal Care Center. Poor guy had been in a scuffle with something and was pretty banged up. His wounds are now healed but he will continue to need work long term. Bison is one of those dogs that needed more specialized training and he came to the right place.

Bison can be dog selective and needs proper introductions and time to ensure compatibility. So far he has done best with mellow respectful dogs more his size. We would not recommend Bison live in a home with children, small dogs or cats. Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this.

Bison can also become protective of the humans he knows and trusts. This protectiveness has resulted in undesirable behaviors with individuals he doesn’t know. In the future he’ll need a large dog experienced adopter to ensure boundaries and expectations are in place for all situations and to help him make healthy choices. Basically Bison needs a family with a strong training background, consistent follow through and a history of working with large behavioral dogs. We know he’s adorable but he’s not the right dog for many family situations and we want to ensure his future adopter will set him up for success and be his forever home.

Here’s what you need to know about adopting a cat or dog from Marley's Mutts:

  • Each adoptable pet will be introduced on Facebook

  • Each pet will have its own profile here on the website

  • All pets will be spayed or neutered

  • All pets will be micro-chipped and shots will be up-to-date

  • Each pet has their own application to complete—make sure you use the right one (linked from their bio)

It’s important to us that each pet goes not just to a great home but to the “right” home. Our foster parents work with each pet to get to know them and their needs.

We try hard to list all of the pertinent info about each pet on the site so you can choose the pet that will fit with your family/lifestyle. If you don’t see a specific pet on the site, he/she is not ready for adoption. Please be patient and wait until the bio is listed. We don’t decide on a “first come, first served” basis but rather on a “who’s the very best fit.” So, don’t panic.

It’s not a quick process. We receive dozens of applications for each pet so please be patient. If you’re shortlisted you’ll be contacted as soon as possible.

If selected to meet one of our pets and you currently have pets, you’ll be asked to do an in-person pet intro; we don’t do the long-distance adoption thing. If you live out of town, plan a fun road trip to meet the pet in person.

Don’t be discouraged if your application is not selected. Remember, we get a lot of them! Trust us, the best fit for you is coming.

If you’re lucky and you do adopt a super amazing pet from Marley’s Mutts, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us for training, medication, or behavior questions. We’re here for you, and your pet.