HE IS a real diamond according to bosses at a Sheffield animal centre.
That is Lescot, a German shepherd-cross who would be a treasure to the right owners according to RSPCA Sheffield.
Tony Benham, branch animal care manager, said: “Only 16 months old, this bright, sparky, dog has had a sad start in life and he is now ready for some tender loving care in a domestic home that has lots of experience with working or guarding breeds.
“He’s a gem of a dog who would be perfect for people willing and experienced in putting in time with dogs who have some behavioural challenges to overcome.
“Just like pirates who have to put in a bit of effort to follow the map and find the treasure, Lescot will need that bit of extra effort, but the end result will be worthwhile.
“Lescot mixes well with people and with most other dogs, but he will need a quiet home without lots of visitors.
“This diamond needs time to find his feet, develop more skills and become a bit less afraid of life and strangers.
“He’s had a tough time in the past, so we’d like this thoughtful fellow to go to owners without children who have the time to put in the necessary care and guidance and experience with this type of breed.
“Lescot,who needs a minimum of two lots of 30-minute walks a day, is a pleasure to take on a stroll as he follows commands well.
“Lescot loves to play with his toys and, once he gets to know you, is affectionate and a great dog.
“He responds well to basic commands and shows all the potential to learn much more, especially using the treat-reward method.
“Ideally, we’d like to find him an owner or owners who have lots of experience with German shepherds or guard dog breeds, as we feel this would be a good match.
“We look forward to hearing from people who are seeking a special dog.”
n The RSPCA centre, in Stadium Way, Attercliffe, is open daily, except Wednesdays. For details, call 0114 289 8050.