8 Adorable Puppies in Indianapolis To Adopt for Christmas

Written by Kellianne Matthews
Published: December 1, 2022
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This Christmas why not adopt a puppy from your local animal shelter? Not only will this make your family’s holiday season ten times better, but you’ll be saving a life and giving an adorable pup the loving home they deserve. There are tons of adorable puppies in Indianapolis that are ready for their forever families this Christmas!

Adopting a Puppy and Giving Them a Forever Home

Before adding a puppy to your family, do your research on the breed of dog you’re interested in and make sure they will mesh well with your lifestyle. Also, visit the animal shelter or rescue group ahead of time so you know more about what you’re getting yourself into. Adopting a puppy is a big decision that comes with lots of responsibility. You’ll need to provide them with regular exercise, toys, food, vet care, and socialization throughout their entire life.

Although it might seem challenging at first, raising a pet can be an immensely rewarding experience. If you’re dedicated and prepare accordingly, your furry friend will have everything they need to live a safe and happy life. In fact, the joys of owning a dog or puppy outweigh any difficulties by far! So, if you think you’re up for the challenge, read on to learn about eight amazing puppies in Indianapolis who are looking for their forever homes this holiday season!

1. Phillip (Dachshund Mix)

His rescue did a DNA test on Phillip, and beyond being 100% cute, he is also a mix of dachshund, Maltese, shih tzu, cocker spaniel, and coonhound! However, his dominant breed is dachshund, so he’ll probably only be around 15 to 20 pounds when he is fully grown. Phillip is an adorable pup with a velvety soft coat and big, beautiful eyes! He is as sweet as can be and always very happy.

When adopting a dachshund mix puppy like Phillip, you can expect an energetic and loyal companion. Dachshunds are enthusiastic and affectionate dogs who love to be around their owners. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy playing games like fetch or tug-of-war with their family. Dachshunds need regular exercise, but they love being with humans and make great play and walking companions. However, these small dogs do not thrive when living outside, so Phillip will need an indoor home where he can feel safe. Dachshunds typically weigh between 16 and 32 pounds and live 12 to 16 years on average.

2. Harry (Dachshund Mix)

Phillip’s brother, Harry, is another sweet puppy in Indianapolis looking for a forever home this holiday season! Harry, however, has a beautiful apricot fur coat, although he is just as soft and snuggly as his brother. Harry is an absolute cutie, and like his brother, he’s a mix of dachshund, Maltese, shih tzu, cocker spaniel, and coonhound. However, since dachshund is his dominant breed, he’ll probably only grow to be 15 to 20 pounds when he reaches full size. Harry is absolutely adorable and incredibly sweet-natured making him the perfect pup for anyone!

Dachshunds are the perfect companions for those seeking an energetic and loyal friend. They’re affectionate, enthusiastic dogs who love spending time with their owners. They excel when showered with human attention and enjoy interactive games like fetch or tug-of-war. Since Harry is a dachshund mix puppy, you can expect all of these qualities in him too! Dachshunds need their daily walks, but what they really enjoy is being close to humans. However, they are not well-suited for living outdoors and will be much happier in an indoor home with a loving family. Dachshunds usually weigh between 16 and 32 pounds and have an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years.

3. Tonks (Pit Bull Terrier Mix)

This beautiful girl was taken from a bad living situation, but thanks to caring animal rescuers, she is doing great! Tonks is a total sweetheart and loves to play — in fact, she is best friends with another shepherd mix in her foster home. She needs a forever home with another doggie sibling to keep her company or a very vigorous socialization plan.

She is also a special little pup that was born with a congenital abnormality in one of her wrists. Because of this, she will need to be on pain medication throughout her life, and there is the possibility that she may have to have the leg amputated in the future. However, Tonks does not let this stop her from being a fun-loving and playful pup!

An adopted Pit bull terrier mix puppy will bring joy and positivity into your life. Pit bulls are intelligent, loyal, and loving dogs that make great companions. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, so make sure you invest in quality toys and activities for Tonks. With her wrist, Tonks will need lots of love, attention, and patience, but she will repay you with puppy kisses and friendship for life! On average, pit bulls weigh between 35 and 60 pounds. As a mix, we’re not quite sure what size Tonks will be as an adult, but based on her current size, she will likely be a medium-sized dog.

4. Bruno (Goldendoodle and Labradoodle Mix)

This cute puppy in Indianapolis has better hair than Fabio and will grace your presence with his good looks and style every day. Bruno is a puppy and has a lot of puppy energy, so he will need daily walks and plenty of play. He would do fabulous in a forever home with another canine sibling to play with. Bruno is super sweet, playful, and a giant cuddle bug. He is also curious and loves to play both inside and outside.

As a goldendoodle and labradoodle mix Bruno has gorgeous hair and a wonderful personality. Right now, his hair is soft and wavy like a shorter-haired golden retriever, and sheds a lot, but as he gets older it may change. He doesn’t require regular grooming, but he will need to be brushed regularly. As a “double doodle” Bruno is a happy dog that loves to play and will need a forever family who can provide him with lots of exercise and playtime. At nine months old Bruno weighed 30 pounds, so he may still be growing, but will likely be a medium-sized dog as an adult.

5. Luca (Chihuahua Mix)

Luca is a funny little Chihuahua puppy in Indianapolis with a feisty personality. He is pretty nervous at first, but then he is a total sweetheart and wants to be close to you (just like your typical Chihuahua). He can be scared of strangers, but once he gets to know you, he’ll be your best friend.

Luca needs a forever family who understands the cuteness and quirks of his breed. Chihuahuas are small and sassy dogs, but they can also be quite graceful and charming. They often deal with “small dog syndrome,” which simply means that they know they are small and try to overcompensate by acting tough when they are scared. Chihuahuas love to play and run but don’t typically need a ton of space.

6. Peter (Beagle and Bully Mix)

This is possibly the sweetest puppy in Indianapolis you will ever meet! Peter is a very special puppy; he is blind but has a feisty personality and still acts just like a puppy. In fact, he doesn’t seem to realize that he is any different from his brothers and sisters. He loves to play and cuddle with other dogs and humans.

Peter would love a forever home with another doggie sibling who can help show him the ropes. He needs a forever family who can love him with their whole hearts and help train and socialize him so that he can be his best self. Due to his lack of sight, Peter will definitely need a fenced-in yard to play in, and lots of supervision while he gets used to his new home.

Beagles are friendly dogs with a lot of curiosity. They typically get along well with people and other dogs and need at least an hour of exercise and play each day. If they are left alone for long periods of time, beagles tend to become destructive due to loneliness and boredom. Bully mix dogs are sweet and affectionate. They love their people wholeheartedly and like to spend time with them as much as possible. As a mixed breed, Peter will likely be around 30 or 40 pounds when he is fully grown.

7. Dudley (Hound Mix)

Energetic and enthusiastic, Dudley is an adorable hound mix puppy in Indianapolis looking for a forever family to play with for the rest of his life! Dudley is full of energy, but he is also very smart and has been learning with ease. He loves people and is good with other dogs his size.

Not only are hound dogs incredibly sweet and loyal, but they also make excellent companions. Hounds are known for their gentle nature and love of attention, and they thrive when given the opportunity to bond with owners. As puppies, hounds require plenty of patience as they learn basic commands and house training. They need to be trained with positive reinforcement and consistency, as hounds can be quite stubborn. With proper training, however, hound puppies can become incredibly loyal companions.

8. Daisy (Bull Terrier Mix)

Sweet little daisy is the cutest pink and white pup you’ve ever seen. She’s still a puppy, but she’s going to be a pretty big girl when she grows up. Currently, she is working on housetraining, crate training, and basic commands. Daisy is very smart and will need a forever family who can help continue her training as she grows. She is playful, sweet, and just as happy as can be.

Bull terriers can grow between 50 to 70 pounds, so Daisy still has a way to go before she is fully grown. These dogs are playful and can be stubborn and mischievous, so Daisy will need consistent guidance and training so that she can be the best dog she can be. She will also need daily physical and mental stimulation. However, bull terriers are also extremely loving and loyal, and this pup will provide you with endless hours of entertainment with her fun personality.

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Kellianne Matthews is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on anthrozoology, conservation, human-animal relationships, and animal behavior. Kellianne has been writing and researching animals for over ten years and has decades of hands-on experience working with a variety of different animals. She holds a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University, which she earned in 2017. A resident of Utah, Kellianne enjoys creating, exploring and learning new things, analyzing movies, caring for animals, and playing with her cats.

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