Big Dogs

Please scroll all the way down the page as they are not catalogued in date order. Dogs marked 'In Foster' are available for adoption - please enquire about meeting them.

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Mikey - On Hold

DOB - APRIL 2011 | Male | Mastiff X

Hi my name is Mikey. When I first came to the Refuge I was quite confident. The first week I went out on a street appeal for the Home and loved it! I got pats from the public and they loved me! Sadly since being in here there are times I just can't think. It is so stressful for me that I now have social anxiety.
I desperately need to get out of this joint to become myself again. To do that I need a special quiet environment. Ideally away in an area that has less population so that I get time and a chance to get back to normal. I need to hear the birds chirping and take in the lovely smell of nature. Somewhere like the hills or Margaret River would be ideal! I am a big strong boy so I need owners who can handle me when needed.

In the home my foster carer's said I am an absolute smooch and they loved me to death. But when I went to go for a walk their area was too busy and I couldn't relax so I was on alert on our walks every day. Seeing dogs go past makes me more anxious and this makes me stress stack even more which is why I need somewhere quiet to be able to get my thoughts together and chill out. One day I am hoping my social skills will return, but for now I need the right home to help me on my journey. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Mikey.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily plus enrichment toys.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Because of his current anxiety and strength we feel there should be no children however he has lived with kids on foster so we would consider older children if the overall home environment is suited.


Charlie - On Hold

DOB - MAR 2015 | Male | Bull Arab X

Charlie is a lovely big boy looking for a home he can settle into and receive lots of tlc. He is a bit of a stress head, may take time to settle into his new home so will suit owner/s who are home with him most of the time and can provide him with lots to occupy his mind. Charlie will suit experienced owners who can guide him with a bit of training while keeping him active and busy every day. He is super smart, has lived with another dog in the past and will make an extremely loyal companion in the right home environment.

Charlie came in with really bad skin and will need lots of TLC and a relaxed environment as he fully recovers.

MY ENERGY LEVEL Charlie will require approximately 2 x 45 minute walks daily. He will need lots of mental enrichment such as being fed from kongs, toys to chew on and play with, as well as training games with his family. He will need people at home with him most of the time / part time especially while he settles into his new home and relaxes.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Home with older teens or adult only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Charlie is currently undergoing training as he has become quite reactive in his time here.

Ruby & Diesel

DOB Ruby - MAY 2008 | Female | Rottweiler X
DOB Diesel - JUN 2012 | Male | Rottweiler X Lab

Hi, my name is Ruby, I'm the girl that
is lying down relaxing in the photo,
and Diesel is the boy who is standing
up. Diesel is obsessed with me and
does not like being alone, so we must
be rehomed together, we have also been together our whole lives.

Diesel is quite a shy guy and he does take a long time to come around to strangers, so please do not be offended when you meet him and he ignores you, he will be your friend, you just need to earn it.
Me on the other paw, I am happy to be
friends with anyone I meet, If I
think you will cuddle me, then I will
come and say hello! Please do not judge us if you are standing outside our
kennel and we bark at you, we are
Rottweilers and that is what we do!

MY ENERGY LEVEL Ruby and Diesel will require 2x 30 minute walks daily,
but please be mindful of Ruby as
she can easily overheat on hot days,
so her walks will need to be split
up into shorter walks.

children. Diesel is too uncomfortable around kids.

Ruby and Diesel are best suited
as the only dogs in the household.

Buddy - In Foster

DOB - AUGUST 2013 | Male | Bull Mastiff X

Buddy is a beautiful boy who has had a rough start to life. He needs a human companion. He loves his special time with his humans and loves his cuddles. He is a very loving boy and will reward whoever adopts him ten times over. Buddy must go to people who will include him in their family unit. He must be included in family outings and be an important part in their lives. He needs people who are part time workers as he would miss them too much if left all day.

MY ENERGY LEVEL He will need 2 x 30minute walks a day and lots of mental enrichment to help stimulate his mind and tire him out.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Loves people and should be fine with children however, this will depend on their ages and whether they are dog savvy.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Appears to be dog social - will require monitoring.

Buster - In Foster

DOB - AUG 2013 | Male | Staffy X Ridgeback

Buster is a lovely cuddle bunny who just wants to be around his owners. He was surrendered from a home that was stressful and developed a response of protecting female members of the family. Ideally he needs a nice, quite calm home where he can be part of the family. He will need some training and work to build his confidence and manners and help him to settle in. He is becoming an instant favourite with vollies.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: He will need 2 x 45 minute walks a day with lots of mental enrichment given in kongs and puzzle toys.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not recommended for children due to a tendency to guard. Previous owner advised he is not good with children. Adult only or household with children in late teens.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Has become reactive to dogs in kennel environment. Will need to be managed and monitored by new owners.


DOB - DEC 2006 | Female | Bull Mastiff X

Carmen is an older girl but super friendly, happy and affectionate towards everybody she meets.
She would best suit a home where she can be given lots of companionship daily while enjoying calm walks with her people.
Carmen is very relaxed, will enjoy soaking up the sun in a nice yard as well as relaxing inside the home with her new family.
She has a lot of love to give and deserves a loving, relaxing home to retire in.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 30-40 minute walk daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: May be okay with children over 5




Kiki - In Foster

DOB - APR 2014 | Female | Staffy

Kiki is a sweet but extremely stressful girl who does not cope in the kennel environment. She is lacking in basic training and does not appear to know her own size and strength at times. She will benefit from experienced owners who have owned her breed in the past and who can commit to her specific training needs. Once she is comfortable and not as stressed Kiki can be great for cuddles and will make a loyal companion for a committed owner.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: I will require approx. 2 x 45 minute walks daily.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: I would not be suitable for children.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Kiki does not like other dogs.

Gnome - In Foster

DOB - JUNE 2011 | Male | Large Mixed Breed

Hey I am Gnome. How gorgeous looking am I? So my perfect home is one with plenty of people that will never leave me on my own. I do not understand why you humans go out and do not take me with you? I take it as a challenge to see if I can escape and I always win. When I have people with me I am playful, loving and a really great companion. I do relax and enjoy a good snooze on my doggie bed once I know you are close by. I am a special boy and cannot go to any home but I know once I find the right one then it will be perfect. If I could fit in your home then please ask about me.

MY ENERGY LEVEL Gnome will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily plus mental stimulation. He needs a home where there is going to be someone home at all times, he does not cope being alone.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Gnome may suit children in the home. He is gentle and polite with people however he can jump up on you when excited.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Dog social - should be monitored with others dogs due to his size.


DOB - SEPT 2006 | Female | American Bulldog x Staffy

Rayner is a lovely older lady looking for a home where she can be given lots of company and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. She came to us in poor condition but this has not deterred her wanting to interact & be friends with you. Rayner will suit a home with someone around most of the time where she can soak up the sun during the day and keep you warm at night inside the home. Rayner would make an ideal companion dog for those who can provide her a relaxing home environment.

Note: Rayner has some medical conditions to be discussed with new owner before adoption.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Rayner will require approximately 45 minutes exercise daily. She is an older girl and caution not to over exercise as she appears to get sore in her joints / legs.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older children only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Appeared to be dog social however, with age and medical issues would suited to only dog or with another older dog if compatible.




DOB - MAR 2016 | Male | Staffordshire Bull Terrier X

Hey I am Maxwell! I may not look it but I am still quite young and have some growing to do, thus I need a home with someone who is active and keen for a dog they can train. I have not been taught much and do like to pull on lead so my new human will need to be both patient and strong. I am a cuddly fella and I do not see the problem with me being a lapdog, if required I will sit next to you instead of on you but I will chance my luck. I am not too keen on living in a kennel and I am pretty stressed so when I do go home please be patient with me while I settle in. If you are looking for an awesome dog then I am your man!

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 2x 45 min walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: May be okay with older dog-savvy kids due to his size

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Maxwell may be okay with other dogs, pending a meet.


Sox & Bonnie (Bonded Pair)

Sox DOB - DEC 2006 | Female | Rhodesian Ridgeback X

Bonnie DOB - JUN 2015 | Female | Rhodesian Ridgeback X Mastiff

Hey I am Sox and this is my gorgeous daughter Bonnie. We are looking for a family that would be willing to adopt the 2 of us as Bonnie stresses when I am not around, she is like my shadow. We have some medical requirements, however we are generally easygoing dogs and will be a treat to have in your home. I am quite a confident lady and I will approach anyone new to say hello, sadly I cannot say the same for my daughter as she is very nervous and will avoid people where she can. She will come around once we have people who will commit to us and care for us but we just need to be given that chance. If you feel you can offer us a home then please enquire today!

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Bonnie will need 2x 30 minute walks daily and Sox will need 1x 30 minute walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog-savvy kids




DOB - AUG 2011 | Female | Alaskan Malamute X American Bull Dog

Hi everyone, I'm Ally!
I'm only 5-years-young, and I'm an Alaskan Malamute X American Bulldog
I'm here at Dogs' Refuge Home waiting for my paw-fect home. So far I've received lots of attention from everyone at the Dogs' Home and I'm loving all eyes on me, but I really need to find a permanent place to call home.
Some things that I love are:
food, walkies, driving in the automobile, and dog bones.
I'm not a huge fan of children, in fact, they scare me, so I'm on the lookout for a child-free home.
As much as I try to be a social butterfly...and sometimes I really do try, I just really enjoy my owner's company, so please make sure I'm the only pooch in the house.
As I mentioned before, I LOVE walkies, but I'm not very confident when other dogs are around, so my new owners will need to be aware of this and take me to less-populated places so I can enjoy my walks stress free. I'd really appreciate it if you could work with me on my anxiety when people come over to my house...because I'm not very confident around new people.
Other than those few requirements, I'm a fun girl, who loves to hang around my humans and get lots of affection. I promise to be your best friend if you'll let me? I'm loads of fun and will bring lots of laughter to the house.
Please call my friends at the Dogs' Home on 9381 8166 to enquire about me.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 2x 30 minute walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not suitable for any children

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Not suitable for other dogs

Axel - In Foster

DOB - APR 2015 | Male | Bull Mastiff X

Axel has been surrendered to us through no fault of his own and is once again looking for a family that will let him join them and finally be his last. He is a young, excitable boy that can be quite jumpy when you first meet him, of course with training, this will certainly minimise. He is very eager to learn and will need one-on-one training at first. Axel has grown into a big boy so it is crucial that his new owners commit to ongoing training so he is polite and well-mannered. Like most pups, when he is tired he just wants someone to give him attention and love him. He is a beautiful young dog that deserves his forever home.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 2X 30 minute walks daily in a quiet environment

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog-savvy kids. Axel can be quite boisterous.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: No other animals.

Sonja - In Foster

DOB - DEC 2008 | Female | Rottweiler X

Hey I am Sonja. Previously I have not been very well taken care of as I came in quite skinny, I had bad skin and I have had multiple litters of puppies so I feel that I am now getting better and I deserve to have a dream home. I am very strong so I need to have an owner who is equally as strong and able to take me out on walks. I have very basic manners but I will sit for a treat and I love food so I am super keen to learn. It may take some time for me to settle into my new home as I am an older lady as this is a big change for me so please be patient with me, as a thank you, I will reward you with love for as long as I can.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 2x 30 minute walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog savvy kids only. She came in very skinny and some dogs as a result can be quite protective of their food so should be monitored a precaution.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Other dogs should be fine as long as they are given a slow introduction. Cats have not been tested.