Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted June 16, 2015
Right from the start, I could tell the dog is extremely calm. And pretty much anyone who meets her, says that about her as well. She does like people, and likes (actually, LOVES to be petted, for she will not let you stop) to be petted, but she will not jump on you or lick your face (unless she REALLY likes you...which is quite rare). So she has the perfect energy level for me. When I'm sitting, working, she is laying quietly next to me. At times, she will ask me to play with her, but for the most part, she can entertain herself by chasing her tail, watching passerbys, etc. This dog does not bark, which is great! She howls or whines when she's eager or excited, but that is it. Finally, this dog is quite a spectacle. She is absolutely a beauty!!!
Now, there Are a fews things about my dog that took some getting used to...first, she is quite a strong dog, so walking her was quite the task. I always needed both hands on the leash. Moreover, her instincts often overcomes her and she will bolt at squirrels, birds, etc. Because she is a bigger dog (and I've heard of some that even go up to 145 lbs or so), she does need to be walked a few to several times a day. I've been told she needs to get up to a run almost weekly, to keep her healthy. Second, although she is BEAUTIFUL, with all that fur, she sheds A LOT, especially right before summer. My carpet was practically covered in her fur when she's shedding, and my vacuum is always clogged up. During her shedding months, I would brushing and grooming her for hours each night, but the carpet would still be covered in fur by the morning. Groomer find her a nightmare, and typically ask for hundreds of dollars to groom her, so I just groom her myself. And lastly, with regards to training a dog, my dog only knows a couple "tricks". She Is potty trained, and knows the basic, "sit", "lay down", etc. But she is not one to do tricks or learn to roll-over and such. This is fine with me, but for those who wish to have their dogs learn other tasks, I would suggest a dogs that's easier to train.