In celebration of '"Adopt a Senior Pet" month, we're highlighting this special senior German Shepherd sheltered at the Roland Senior Dog Sanctuary in Melrose, Florida. Known for its courage, loyalty, and guarding instincts, the German Shepherd dog is an excellent guard dog, guide dog for the blind, police, military, and search and rescue dog.

If you’re living in the sunshine state and you’ve got space for a distinguished gentleman in your life, we’d like to introduce Sir Ivanhoe, a senior German Shepherd that is currently up for adoption.

Ivanhoe's personality

If you’re wondering about Ivanhoe’s temperament and personality, a recent Facebook post from the dog sanctuary described him as ‘a big, sweet, gentle bear’ and a ‘big, happy goofball.’ Reportedly, the canine loves people and other dogs. At approximately 7-8 years old, Ivanhoe is neutered and current on his shots. He is heartworm positive but is currently on the slow kill method of treatment.

About German Shepherds

German Shepherds are considered to be smart and easy to train. They tend to reach a maximum of about 25 inches in height, weighing up to about 95 pounds. They have a lifespan of about 10-12 years. These dogs were the military breed of choice, and today, they are one of the most popular dogs in America.

As their name implies, the German Shepherd dog is a breed that originated in Germany. They were developed beginning in the late 1800s by crossing breeding various herding breeds.

The ideal home and owner

German Shepherd dogs like to be active. They need to get daily exercise, otherwise, they can get into trouble or become high-strung.

Walking is a great way to stay active. Ideally, active adults and responsible children can help Ivanhoe to stay active well into his older years. However, arthritis and other joint problems are very common, which might make it more and more difficult to get your dog up and out.

If you enjoy swimming and happen to have a swimming pool or live near a lake, this is a great activity for creating muscle without a heavy impact on the joints.

Be aware that this breed sheds heavily about twice a year. To control shedding and keep the coat in great shape, it’s best to brush at least a few times a week.

If you experience a runny nose or start sneezing and wheezing after petting or playing with a dog, you may be allergic to dogs. Pet hair can hold a lot of dust and dander. Therefore, it might not be a good idea to adopt Ivanhoe if you are prone to dust allergies.

How to adopt him

In order to adopt Sir Ivanhoe, you can contact Mr. Ralph Roland at the Roland Senior Dog Rescue Gang, Inc. at 352-256-0286. The rescue’s website advises interested adopters to submit an application before they will get the chance to be interviewed. Adoption fees vary.