Shih Tzu Mix


Mocha is a very sweet, easy-going, gentle, quiet, handsome boy who LOVES to cuddle. He will get overheated when cuddling and will move to a cooler place. He knows his name and will wag his tail when called, but is not the kind of guy who comes running. He has been in his foster home for a fairly short time and is still unsure or still lacks the confidence to venture too far on his own when called.

He is able to go up stairs very well, but cautiously​,​ but cannot go down them yet safely, so he is still being carried down stairs until he learns this skill.

So far, he has done very well at urinating outside. He will not indicate the need to go so he is just carried outside every so often to eliminate. He does best when I sit outside with him and give him about 5 minutes to sniff around. He will usually always pee and poo if given the time and if he knows his person is there with him.

The only time he has barked, so far, is when he was outside and could not figure out how to get up onto the deck. He will let you know if he wants to come in if you are not right there with him.

Mocha is very indifferent with the other dogs in the house, who range from a quiet 14 pound Shih Tzu to an outgoing 65 pound lab/pointer.

Mocha has a favorite bed and location ​​he sleeps​ in​ when his foster mom is at work. He will actually stay there all the time if he is not encouraged to join the rest of the family. He may still be missing his original family who he was with all of his life.

Mocha has not been around cats in his foster home.

He will cuddle with anyone who picks him up and gives him some love. He is a serious cuddler who loves to nuzzle into your neck until he gets too warm. He loves to be touching his human.

He did very well with his bath and enjoys his breakfast and dinner and treats but is not a food driven dog. He is not possessive of food or toys.

He will make a wonderful little companion for many different types of households.

Mocha was adopted!

About Me

  • Sex Male (neutered)
  • Size Medium (17.3 lb)
  • Age 17 years, 7 months old(DOB Feb 1, 2005)
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Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Unknown
Good with children? Unknown


Currently fostered in Lock Haven, PA. (Transport is available)

Health Info

  • Vision Completely Blind(Cause: Cataracts)
  • Health Notes
    Mocha had a complete blood panel which was perfect! His teeth have a little bit of yellow discoloration, but they are healthy. He was caught up on his vaccines and already had a one year rabies. He is heart worm negative. He is a healthy little 17.3 pound guy. He will be neutered on May 8th, 2017.

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Latest Updates

  1. Mocha has shown more of his personality since he came into his foster home. He has changed in some areas described on his adoption page.

    Where he once was going upstairs, he is no longer. He tumbled down from the landing to the first floor (about 3 steps) and he has not wanted anything to do with stairs since then. His foster mom will keep trying when they are outside, where he does not seem to transfer that fear and see how he does. With his long body, short little legs and age, she really does not feel he is safe on more than 2 or 3 stairs any way.

    Mocha is carried up and down stairs and outside and inside every day. He NEEDS a gate at the top of stairs to stop him from tumbling. He is VERY cooperative when being carried and seems to be used to it from before he arrived at his foster home.

    Mocha is starting to bark as his meals are being made. He is much more interested in food than he was when he first arrived on April 22nd. His foster mom thinks he was probably a little depressed, having left the only home he every knew for 12 years before coming with her.

    Mocha lives very well with other dogs but does not appreciate them getting into his personal space and will give a warning growl before snapping at them. Since he is blind, he rarely gets hold of anyone 🙂

    Mocha is coming much better when called. He will hunt for his foster mom if she is in a different room from him, watching tv. He now knows where the sofa is and as long as she continues to call him, he will find her and put his front paws up on the sofa to be picked up for cuddle time. He is STILL an awesome cuddler and will gently paw at his foster mom if she doesn’t pet him long enough when they first sit down to watch tv at night.

    Mocha remains a gentle, loving little cuddle bug who would make a great pet for a family who is looking for a lap dog and who would be able to carry him up and down stairs. He has NEVER shown any kind of aggression toward people in normal circumstances (not having matted fur shaved), just pups who get into his personal space. He remains extremely easy-going with people.

    Mocha was recently groomed and had some matting in his leg creases. He was not a happy boy and gave his groomer a run for her money for a few minutes. She was sure his growling and snapping was from the discomfort when she was trying to shave his matted fur. He was fantastic with his bath, when she trimmed his back and for his blow dry.