8 Adorable Puppies In Memphis You Can Adopt This Christmas

Written by Carrie Woodward
Published: December 1, 2022
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Meet Eight of the Cutest Puppies in Memphis

This winter, puppies in Memphis, Tennessee are looking for a home to call their own! As we approach the holiday season, we know that many families are ready to add a new furry friend. Perhaps one of the eight dogs on this list is the right fit! To help you find the newest member of your family, this list features eight of the most adorable dogs in the Memphis area. With each one, you can read a little bit about their breed. This will help you prepare to bring them home!

These sweet puppy friends are in local animal shelters and are just waiting for someone like you to bring them home! What could be a better way to celebrate this holiday season than by welcoming a new pet into your family? Let’s meet eight of the cutest furry friends in Memphis who would be a sweet addition to your family. Adopt one of them today!

1. Puppies in Memphis: Java, a 10-Month-Old Female Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Can you get over Java’s sweet face? We certainly can’t! Java is a sweet, energetic Treeing Tennessee Brindle mix! She is a 10-month-old puppy who only weights 36 pounds and is still working on her skills! Her foster parent describes Java as “sweet and super energetic.” She’s still working on being housetrained, but she gets along great with other dogs and kids. Java is a sweetheart who was found wandering a Memphis neighborhood on Halloween. She seemed to be lost, but no owner came forward. Now, Java is hoping for someone to be a forever friend to take her home!

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Java is a Treeing Tennessee Brindle mix. Dogs of this breed were originally bred for hunting and “treeing.” As a result, puppies like Java are high energy dogs who have shrewd intelligence and can run and chase with great speed. If you adopt her, Java will bring her loyal spirit, bravery, and companionship to her new owner. Brindles love people, including children! This makes them awesome dogs for a family. They also tend to get along very well with other dogs. However, their high energy and strong prey drive mean that they need lots of exercise, attention, and training. It would also be best to keep Java leashed so that she doesn’t chase smaller animals, at least until you are confident in her training. Female Brindles typically grow to weight between 30 and 40 pounds and live to be 12 to 13 years old.

2. Puppies in Memphis: Lemon, A Five-Month-Old Female German Shepherd

Say hello to little Lemon! Lemon is only five months old and is still a growing girl. She is a German Shepherd who is loving life with her foster family, who are helping her become house trained, learn commands, and be a best friend. Lemon has black fur with brown markings and big ears that make her a keen listener. This sweetie was a summer puppy born this past June and now she is looking for a home before the holidays. She needs a family who will engage her sharp intelligence, high energy, and be trusted friends for this loyal dog.

German Shepherds like Lemon are uniquely suited to having important jobs. As natural herders, service dogs, and police accompaniers, they are used to responsibility and were bred to be faithful companions. German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and for good reason. With consistent training, Lemon will quickly pick up on commands. German Shepherds typically grow to be between 75 and 90 pounds and stand tall, reaching between 22 and 26 inches high at the shoulder. However, it is important to keep in mind that they need early, regular training to avoid becoming destructive or developing harmful behaviors.

A common myth is that German Shepherds are naturally aggressive. In fact, this is a widespread misconception. They are not naturally aggressive and are actually very adaptable and quick to engage with training. However, as they are very intelligent and strong-willed dogs, it will be important that you spend time teaching Lemon to trust you and training her in positive behaviors. German Shepherds are prone to several health conditions in their older age, so be aware of these so that you can mitigate risk for Lemon and help her to thrive. If you do that, she will doubtlessly be a loyal and faithful canine pal!


3. Puppies in Memphis: Kingston, Seven-Month-Old Labrador Retriever

Kingston is a male Labrador Retriever puppy who is only seven months old. He loves spending time with his puppy friends and will be a fantastic addition to your household of pet and human family members. Kingston is playful, loving, and kid-friendly, and he loves getting plenty of cuddles! His friends at the Woof River Animal Rescue describe him as a “lovable, playful boy” who gets along well with everyone – dogs, cats, and kids!

As a Labrador Retriever mix, Kingston is still maturing. Male Labrador Retrievers are medium- to large-sized dogs and typically reach a mature weight of between 55 and 70 pounds. At only seven months old, Kingston is not yet considered “full grown,” and Labrador Retrievers are known for their playful, puppy-like energy that they keep for years. Labrador Retrievers like Kingston are known to have sweet, enthusiastic personalities with high energy and curiosity. Kingston makes friends easily with other dogs and kids too! This easygoing attitude makes Labrador Retrievers wonderful family dogs who are loyal, playful, and friendly. You can expect Kingston to eat between two and three cups of food each day. Though Labrador Retrievers have minimal grooming needs, you can expect to get out your vacuum because they shed quite a lot.

Labrador Retrievers like Kingston are energetic, active dogs and they require regular exercise and training. Take Kingston on lots of walks and give him lots of one-on-one attention and playtime.


4. Puppies in Memphis: Clementine, A One-Year-Old Cane Corso Mix

Oh hello, Clementine! Before making it to our friends at the Woof River Animal Rescue in Memphis, Clementine had a rough go of it. Right now, she is focused on gaining weight and getting healthy with her foster family. We can all agree that she deserves all of the love in the world! Clementine gets along very well with other dogs and is ready to keep learning how to live alongside an adoring family.

Clementine is a Cane Corso (also known as an “Italian Mastiff”) mix. This makes her a member of a unique breed. Originally bred in Italy as large guardian dogs, Cane Corsos almost went extinct in the mid-1900s! Today, they make great family dogs. Clementine has short hair, making her coat easy to maintain, though she will shed.

Female Cane Corsos often weigh between 88 and 100 pounds. This is a big dog! On that note, one con of the breed is their relatively shorter lifespan. As a larger dog, many Cane Corsos only live between 9 and 12 years. They also do require training and strong leadership. Clementine will thrive with firm boundaries and rules to follow. Give Clementine lots of training, socialization, and exercise, and she will thrive as a member of your family!


5. Puppies in Memphis: Paxton, A Two-Year-Old Mastiff Mix

Paxton is a male Mastiff mix who is two years old and 80 pounds! This handsome boy gets along great with other dogs as well as kids. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, but he might knock down a little one by accident! He can’t help that he is a big guy. Just look at his slightly-slobbery smile!

As a Mastiff mix, Paxton and his breed are known for being calm and affectionate! Most Mastiffs are medium or large, with purebred Mastiffs reaching a whopping 190 pounds! However, Paxton is a mix who only weighs 80 pounds, so he is smaller than some Mastiffs you will find. Mastiffs typically live to be 12 years old and make greatly family dogs. They are gentle and patient, though their size can sometimes make them clumsy around small children. They also are short-haired dogs! This makes grooming a breeze! coats, which make them easy to groom at home. However, Mastiffs do eat a lot and need a special diet, so you may find that feeding Paxton is more costly than it would be for a smaller dog. However, Mastiffs are courageous, loyal, and gentle friends for those who can make space for a big dog friend!


6. Puppies in Memphis: Chloe, a 20-Month-Old Female Border Collie

If you are looking for a sweet, gentle, and smart dog, Chloe fits the bill! She is a 20-month-old border collie who loves spending time with family and with other dogs. She will be the missing puzzle piece for anyone with an engaged family to give her good exercise, training, and lots of love! However, border collies are unique breeds! For that reason, she will probably fit best with a family who knows what she needs and have experience loving smart, sweet border collies!

Chloe is a medium-sized Border Collie who has a black coat and a white belly, with a ring of white around her nose. She has fluffy medium-long hair, which does need regular brushing. You should expect her to shed throughout the year. Female border collies typically weigh between 27 and 42 pounds. They usually live between 12 and 15 years. This is a breed known for being highly intelligent herding dogs. Because of that, Chloe will need space to get her energy out. However, know that border collies do not like to be confined! They have a unique talent for escaping fences, so you may need to invest in a fence that is 8 or 10 feet tall. With good exercise, intentional training, and regular grooming, Chloe will be a happy and healthy dog!


7. Puppies in Memphis: Roman, a 12-Month-Old Male Anatolian Shepherd Mix

Let’s get ready to rumble with Roman! This distinguished gentleman is a 12-month-old Anatolian Shepherd mix who weighs 70 pounds. He loves people and other pets and will definitely love you! The shelter that took in Roman this year described him as “well behaved, loving, and an all-around great dog.” He loves toys, playing, and spending time with his people and the other dogs in his foster home.

Roman is an Anatolian Shepherd. Dogs of this breed are big, powerful, and described as extremely loyal and devoted. Originally large livestock dogs, male Anatolian Shepherds typically grow to be between 115 and 150 pounds and live to be 11 or 13 years old. These are natural guard dogs who will be protective of their people and show fierce loyalty to their family. They are also very intelligent. However, they may be suspicious and distrusting of strange people or animals. While they are generally playful and loving, especially to their people, you may find that Roman is not as friendly and immediately affectionate as other dog breeds.


8. Puppies in Memphis: Dutton, a Two-Year-Old American Bulldog

Check out this cool dude! We love Dutton’s sunglasses and how ready he is to get out and about. Dutton is a two-year-old American Bulldog who is already housebroken, crate trained, and is doing very well with his foster family! He’s a large dog who is gentle and accustomed to small kids. Right now, he lives in a how with a baby and all of the chaos and noise that a little one brings. He gets along great with other dogs and his shelter describes him as the “sweetest, loving dog.” Dutton would be happy to be your pal all around town!

Dutton is an American Bulldog. Like others in his breed, American bulldogs have small and triangular ears, short and stocky legs, and a strong body. Dogs in this breed are assertive, loyal, and friendly. They are fun and incredibly engaging, so you can expect them to be very affectionate! You can expect male American bulldogs to grow to be between 60 and 90 pounds and live to be 10 to 15 years old. These dogs have short coats and have low grooming needs, but you should keep an eye out for skin infections and potential eye problems. Along with this, bulldogs are susceptible to some health conditions related to the short shape of their snout and their very sensitive stomachs.

You may also find that Dutton has a stubborn streak typical of many bulldogs. This could make him difficult to train. Thankfully, a lot of that hard work has already been done for you! In Dutton’s case and that of other bulldogs, their stubbornness can be overcome with patience and consistent training. American bulldogs want to please their owners and be part of the family. Be sure to give your dog plenty of attention and make sure they visit the vet regularly. If you do that, you will find that Dutton is an active, loyal dog who wants to be a part of your daily life.


How to Adopt Puppies in Memphis

Do you want to adopt one of these eight adorable puppies or another dog this year? You should absolutely look into meeting one of these sweet pups! Each one is looking for a new home and will quickly become a beloved member of your family. Don’t see one of these dogs joining your family? There are countless other dogs in Memphis who are waiting for a loving family! Check out one of the many pet shelters in the Memphis area and nearby counties. These include:

Whether you choose one of these dogs or another one at a local shelter, you can make this holiday season the best one yet for a new furry friend!

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Carrie is a writer, bookworm, and fan of all types of plants and animals. Her apartment is home to more than dozen different houseplants and she aspires to adopt more in the near future. You can usually find Carrie walking the shores of Lake Michigan or reading a book under the trees in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

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