Thanks for all the great info!
I'm making plans to meet him this coming week. When that happens I will be able to see him myself in his territory where he feels safe. I can ask his fosters all of the questions and more that I might have by then!
From a picture I've seen, he does have the typical Beagle markings, but they said he has more of a chi personality and he's only 10 lbs and they said is full grown. I've seen pictures of long haired chi's with similar coloring and they were labeled as purebred chi's, so I'm having doubts about any Beagle in the mix, but who knows? I'm doing the research primarily on chi's, both because I'm very familiar with Beagles and only see any Beagle genes as a good thing, and also because I'm not so familiar with chi's. I've heard about their negatives (in general) but the only one I've ever known in person was an abosolute sweetheart and very well socialized with people and animals.. and he was a stray!
I'm hoping the fosters might know more about this guy's history, but I'm planning on the big possibility they don't since he was taken from a kill shelter.
Here's his ad on petfinder:
Maybe someone else can tell more from the picture if his markings might be typical of chi's or if you think he does look more Beagle-like.
From the ad, I get the impression the belly band might be an aid to housebreaking, but I guess marking inside is also possible.
The foster mom is excited about me meeting him and she said that he will be the one deciding if he likes me.
I am prepared to handle any problems he might come with, whether they be short term or long term. Once I commit to any pet, I'm committed for life. I work from home so I'll easily be able to watch him closely 99% of the time. Usually when I do leave it's to go to the pet store (and he can come with) or to my sister's. She has a female Beagle who loves all animals and since he gets along well with females I think he would enjoy those weekly trips down the road.
Don't apologize for long posts, mine tend to lean that way too most of the time
Pure14K ~ what's a "BARF" diet?
The rescue is small and run in a private home. They specialize in chi's and they also take in other small breeds, so I think they are probably a good judge of temperment and will be able to give me a good idea of what all to expect with him, but getting someone from an obedience place to come and meet him with me is a good idea!