Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Troy, Michigan, United States
Posted November 14, 2015
These dogs are definitely not for everyone. First, the positives... They are extremely healthy. They need very little grooming, just a bath every few weeks and maybe a brushing every once in a while if you want to decrease shedding. They love their people, they'll follow you everywhere and, although they are active, they can get very snuggly with their family. They will keep watch for any strange activity, they aren't noisy but will bark if there is a strange noise. They are extremely smart, but need training to start as soon as possible! In my experience, they are generally great with other animals, but can be a little bossy with other dogs. I wouldn't trust them with gerbils or other very small animals. They're fine with kids but not really a babysitter type of dog.
The negatives... They are extremely active, so they need a home where they can get a lot of exercise! They are similar to children, often getting into things or doing things they know they shouldn't be doing. They will do something they know is bad, and then come to you and look sweet to make up for it! They need an owner who has the time to put into them so that they are raised to be great dogs.