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.


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.



DOB - SEPT 2013 | Male | Large Mixed Breed

Hey I am Tayte. I am looking for an active and strong person to adopt me, I am a big boy that is lacking manners and desperately needs someone who can commit to my training needs. I am very trainable, I love food and will do anything for a treat but I just have not had anyone put time and effort into me previously, with training, I am guaranteed to do well in my new home. I am super strong when out walking so I would prefer to be walked on a harness, after time in my home, regular walks and training I am likely to improve. I would love a home with lots of space where I can run but I do still love you humans and would need time inside my home with my new family. Can you give me that dream I know I deserve?

Tatye can be quite vocal in kennel so we feel he is best suited to part time workers as he may bark when he is bored. Enrichment toys will help keep him occupied.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Tayte will require approx. 2 x 45 minute walks daily plus mental stimulation.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog savvy kids as he is jumpy at the moment.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Tayte appears to be dog social. He will need to be introduced properly as he is quite a strong dog and will be very full on when he is excited.

Ulrich & Umi

DOB - SEPT 2015 | Male | Bull Arab X

DOB - MAY 2016 | Female | Mastiff X


Hey we are Ulrich and Umi. Ulrich is completely obsessed me and so we must be rehomed together. Neither of us have had ANY training in the past, so we need a home with experienced dog owners who have plenty of time and patience. We are quite full on and not for the faint hearted but our silliness is all due to our lack of guidance before we came here. We would love a home of our very own with a nice big yard we can run and play in together. Our owners will need to be fit so they can walk us every day and wear us out. We are not going to be an easy pair and our new family will really need to commit to us but we are definitely going to be worth it and will give plenty of entertainment and love in return! Umi xxx

Ulrich will require approx. 2 x 45 minute walks daily plus mental stimulation. He does not cope being away from his friend Umi but when together he seems quite content.

Umi will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily which will need to be increased as she grows. Due to her age it is mandatory that she attends a group training class and it is also very much needed.

It is best they are rehomed with part time workers to ensure they settle in at the beginning, they should be gradually left for longer and will eventually cope with longer hours as they have each other for company.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Dog savvy teens who can put up with being jumped on and possibly mouthed during training and settling in period.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Appear to be dog social but need work and opportunities to interact with other dogs.

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.


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 - NOV 2014 | Male | Aust. Cattledog X

Tyson is an awesome boy who is looking for his forever home. He is a bit of smooch so loves his cuddles and loves being around the family and other dogs. Tyson needs to go to owners who understand this breed. He was brought back for working out how to open the gate in the home. We would like him to go to a home that will put him to ‘work' either on a farm or who with owners who will dedicate some time doing agility with him or another exercise as using his brain is so important for this guy. This is a must!

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Tyson will require approximately 1.5 hours of exercise daily plus lots of mental stimulation.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Due to training needs he is not recommended for children.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Dog social with similar dogs. Not good with cats or other small animals so would need to be monitored with smaller dogs.



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.


Cole - In Foster

DOB - AUG 2014 | Male | Bull Mastiff x

Cole is a beautiful boy who has come out of his shell in leaps and bounds. Initially he was quite shy however is building his confidence daily. He still can get quite mouthy when excited but he is learning to control this because of this reason I feel he will be better with no kids.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Cole would ideally go to people who are stay at home or part time workers. He has a level of anxiety so would fare well to people who are at home more often. He needs two 45 minute walks a day and mental enrichment is a must for this boy so he needs to go to people who are willing to put the work into him with this.


MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Choosy with doggy friends.

Rusty - In Foster

DOB - DEC 2015 | Male | American Staffy X

Hey I am Rusty. It is hard to believe but I am an overgrown puppy looking for my forever home. I am a gorgeous big teddy bear and I love to hug you humans, I am doing my best to settle down but I am still young and slowly learning. I need a family that can commit to ongoing training with me to ensure that I am polite when I am fully grown. I can currently sit and drop and I am super keen to learn so much more. Please enquire about me so I can find my new family.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Rusty will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily, it is important not to over exercise him as large dogs can have issues with their legs when they are older.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog savvy kids as he is jumpy and mouthy at the moment.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Rusty appears to be dog social. He will need an owner that continues socialisation with him to ensure he is social when he is fully grown.



DOB - SEPT 2013 | Male | Staffy X

Hoover has been apart of the Refuge family for a little while now. He is a well loved member of our family thus we are quite protective of him but the time had come to find him a forever home.

He loves people and has also been used as our test dog with other dogs here. He walks beautifully on lead whilst walking with numerous dogs. He is very polite and very well trained with this. He is a cuddle bunny and just LOVES being the centre of attention. He needs a home were his owners are home most of the time. 

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Will require around 1 hour of walking daily. He is walked daily around the Refuge bushland and is good on lead.

He would be best suited to stay at home workers or a fit retired people so he has their companionship all day. Hoover struggles being left alone. He could go with another dog which helps if it is the right dog.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: We feel he may be fine with older children but may suit a home with adults only who are able to make him the centre of the household.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Has been used in dog tests at the Refuge and has met and socialised with many dogs. He is dog social.